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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November 2017

Artist Talk - Sam Belinfante

November 2017

Artist Talk - Sam Belinfante

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Commissioned as part of this year's (Re)composition programme, Sam Belinfante will give a talk about this work in-development and other recent work.

This session is aimed at Loughbourough University students but open to all.  

Along with filmmaking and photographic work, Sam's practice incorporates curating, sound and performance. Recent exhibitions include This is a Voice at MAAS Sydney and Wellcome Collection, London (2016-17); The Curves of the Needle at BALTIC 39, Newcastle and The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery, both 2015 and the solo show Many Chambers, Many Mouths, Southard Reid, London (2013). He curated and participated in The Voice and The Lens, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, which toured to Whitechapel Gallery as part of Spitalfields Festival in June 2014. Recent performances include Feedback at Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2017) and On the One Hand and the Other at Camden Arts Centre and Supernormal Festival, UK (2016). 

Recently Sam won the Hayward Touring Curatorial Open. His exhibition Listening opened at BALTIC 39 in September 2014 and toured to the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Site Gallery, Sheffield and the Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery; and First Site and Art Exchange, Colchester.    

http://www.sambelinfante.com/information/

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November 2017

Sounds from a Small Town

November 2017

Sounds from a Small Town

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Merseybeat. Madchester. Detroit techno. The Loughborough Sound? When thinking about music scenes we often think of major cities. But what role does music play in smaller towns and less celebrated places? Join us for a free event where artists, musicians and academics explore these issues through video, discussion and archival material. This is the first public event in (re)composition, Radar's new series of commissions exploring how place makes music and music makes place.

No booking required. For enquiries please email LUArts@lboro.ac.uk

Programme:

- A presentation on the Loughborough Records Presents Presence project from 2016.
Part of Radar's THE Award Nominated  Market Town project, this saw a recording studio constructed in an empty shop unit in Loughborough town centre and provided free of charge to local musicians. A short film about the project can be watched here. Presented by Can Altay, Artist and Associate Professor of Architecture, Istanbul Bilgi University and founder of Loughborough Records Presents Presence.

-"Mansfield's Very Own Steve Malkmus": a film-come-YouTube compilation by Paul Rooney (website), comprising a tour of Kurt Cobain's Aberdeen WA bedroom, Nantwich amp-switches, Trenton NJ Fugazi ticket queues, Goths from (near) Abersoch, paens to Skelmersdale new town, John Peel and Richard D James on the boredom of Redruth, and more.

- Sounds From a Small Town: A Conversation
A panel discussion exploring music in and from small towns and peripheral areas. This will be a broad ranging discussion touching on identity, infrastructure, possibilities and limitations. Panellists: Zoe Armour, PhD Candidate, Media Discourse Group, De Montfort University, Leicester; Rebecca Lee, Artist and Musician (website); Robert Miller, musician and teacher, Loughborough

- Live Music
Stick around after the event for live music until 11pm from Robert Miller and members of the Loughborough Acoustic Club.

- Materials from Loughborough University's archive charting rock music in Loughborough will be on display.

Image: Can Altay's Loughborough Records Presents Presence. Photo by Julian Hughes.

 

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