Seminar - The Civic University

Tue 20 September, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Upstairs at the Swan in the Rushes Pub 21 The Rushes, Loughborough LE11 5BE

FREE

Overview:

Historically a civic university was the term given to a university devised to tend to a particular civic need - an institution created for the development of teaching and learning of a (predominately industrial) discourse. However a more contemporary understanding of this term is to think about the increasing ‘need’ for universities’ to actively engage with their locality; to be successful and resilient.

What is the role of the university in supporting the town it inhabits?  Has it got a duty to engage with the wider society in which it inhabits?  Are there innovative ways in which a university can improve the economy of the town?

These are all questions to be discussed at our forthcoming seminar involving artists and academics whose work has involved them in examining the role of the higher education and its link to the local economy. 

Join us for the last in our current series of public seminars; this informal evening event is designed to explore the concept of a ‘civic university’ through a series of presentations by leading practitioners.

Speakers:

Andrew Merritt and Paul Smyth, Design Collective - Something & Son

As part of their Market Town commission design collective Something & Son have explored the relationship between the civic and the university in their project Market Lectures, where Loughborough’s town market and University traded places.
Their commission has resulted in a specially designed structure that functions both as a market stall and lecture theatre. The structure became the centre piece for a series of public events - a University Market where the town’s market traded on campus for one day, and a series of Market Lectures where students and academics traded places and hosted a series of public academic sessions in the town’s market place. For more information about Something & Son: http://somethingandson.com/
 
Dr Clare Melhuish, Senior Research Associate & Co-Director, UCL Urban Laboratory

Since her appointment in 2013 Clare has initiated research University-led Regeneration, a set of comparative case studies, featuring a range of cross-disciplinary urban research methods, designed to inform the development of UCL's own spatial development project in east London and discussions about the university's own role within inclusive urban development in London. This research has made a significant contribution to the university's cross-disciplinary scholarship on urban regeneration, and public and academic debates more widely.

This initial set of five case studies from the research project, which analyse the processes and impacts of urban regeneration initiatives led by universities in the UK and US, was originally published in September 2015, and forms the basis for an ongoing process of dissemination and research development based in the UCL Urban Laboratory. They are open access - freely available to download and share online - so that they can inform a wider discussion about the role of universities in urban change – available here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab/news/university-regeneration-case-studies

Professor Darren Smith

As a Social Population Geographer, Darren is fascinated by the ways in which places and neighbourhoods are transformed by contemporary processes of migration and population change, and how new social relations and conflicts are created.   Examining these connections, his research is focussed on social and population change in a range of urban, rural, and coastal places to advance theoretical, conceptual and empirical understandings of the formation of more exclusive, segregated, marginalised, and transient societies. 

Since the late 1990s, Darren’s research has investigated the links between higher education, student populations, and urban change, coining the term ‘studentification’, to conceptualise these processes of change within university towns and cities.  For more information: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/geography/staff/academic/smith-d.html

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-civic-university-tickets-25739017093

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October 2018

Sam Belinfante: To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells

October 2018

Sam Belinfante: To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells

An audio-visual installation at Loughborough's Carillon by artist Sam Belinfante as part of Radar's (re)composition project.

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Sat 27 & Sun 28 October, 11am-4pm
Fri 2, Sat 3 and Sun 4 November, 11am-4pm

Artist talk: Fri 2 November, 12.30pm
FREE - no booking required

Recorded in Loughborough’s Carillon over the course of a weekend, Sam Belinfante’s audio-visual installation considers processes of ageing as markers of time passing; a resonant issue for thinking through and about sound as a medium. 

Informed by the concept of ‘tintinnabulation’—the lingering sound of a struck bell—it explores the subtle but constant processes of decay that touch the Carillon and the people and objects that coalesce around it. The work documents collaborative actions taken to extend the life of the bells, contrasting their quiet dormancy with the bustle of restoration. 

Installed in the ground floor of the Carillon tower, in a space ordinarily used to display objects from the Carillon Museum collection, the film celebrates small acts of care while reflecting on the impossibility of reversing material entropy. Whilst the Carillon is an enduring musical symbol of Loughborough, Belinfante’s approach eschews more obvious explorations of identity for a quiet meditation on the caring processes that are integral to all musical performances, instruments and the maintenance of a place’s identity. Sound, curation and performance intertwine in a struggle of preservation and de-composition. 

This event is part of (re)composition, Radar's main commissioning strand for 2017/18, which explores how music makes place and places make music. The project draws on the research of Dr Allan Watson in Loughborough University's Department of Geography, and has expanded to engage with research across the Social Sciences. More information on (re)composition here.

Photo: Sam Belinfante at the Carillon, credit Benjamin Warner

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November 2018

Sam Belinfante: Artist Talk

November 2018

Sam Belinfante: Artist Talk

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This talk accompanies the audio visualation at the Carillon in Queens Park, Loughborough. 

Sam Belinfante’s audiovisual work considers processes of ageing as markers of time passing. Informed by the concept of ‘tintinnabulation’—the lingering sound of a struck bell—it explores the subtle but constant processes of decay which touch the Carillon and the people and objects that coalesce around it. It documents collaborative actions taken to extend the life of the bells, contrasting their quiet dormancy with the bustle of restoration.

If you would like to attend the installation event you can find out more HERE

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