This is to remind members of ESSE-affiliated associations and their PhD students that the deadline for applications to the ESSE Doctoral Symposium 2019, to be held on 27 and 28 August in Wrocław (Poland), is rapidly approaching: 28 February 2019. Full instructions about how to apply (and the opportunities for financial support) are available at http://essenglish.org/doctoral-symposium/.
RADAC 40th Anniversary Conference: Crossing Borders: Contemporary Anglophone Theatre in Europe
Paris, October 11th-12th, 2018
Susan Blattès (President RADAC) ILCEA4 Université Grenoble Alpes
This conference had several objectives. First, we wanted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of RADAC (Recherches sur les Arts Dramatiques Anglophones Contemporains), an association of scholars and theatre professionals set up in France in 1978. Second, as a group which increasingly involves members from other countries, we wanted to look at the wider issue of the place of contemporary Anglophone theatre in continental Europe. Finally, by involving speakers and participants from many different European countries, we thought that the conference would allow us to consider how to increase collaboration amongst drama and theatre scholars throughout Europe, with a view to setting up a European network. We decided therefore to include in the conference programme a session in which this could be discussed.
The conference ran for two complete days and brought together around 70 academics and theatre professionals, translators and publishers. Papers were given in parallel panels during the morning. In all, twenty papers were given dealing with a wide range of playwrights, types of play or topics concerning the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, Spain and France, of course. All panels were chaired by specialists coming from the various countries mentioned as well as Britain and Germany. The panels all included a mix of nationalities while speakers ranged from PhD students to internationally recognised scholars. The papers gave rise to fascinating discussions in which our common interest in Anglophone theatre was confronted with the specific contexts of theatre production in other European countries (translating, publishing, programming performing …).
The afternoons were organised differently. There were two round-tables: one brought together theatre practitioners (writers, actors, directors) who discussed the challenges of producing Anglophone theatre in a non-Anglophone context. A second round-table focused specifically on issues relating to translation and the publishing of translated plays (round-table participants came from France, Germany and Italy). Another session was organised in which those scholars who belonged to a network of theatre researchers extending beyond their own institution presented their group. This included CDE (Contemporary Drama in English) in Germany which functions in a similar way to RADAC, the Contemporary Drama Barcelona group from Spain, and one from Rome. All groups brought up the question of funding conferences, publications, supporting doctoral students etc. A thorough presentation of European funding was given by two representatives from Sorbonne University. Many of the participants expressed the desire to collaborate at the European level.
Two keynote addresses were given. Elisabeth Angel-Perez (Sorbonne University) discussed the presence of Anglophone theatre in France and the role played by certain directors and translators in getting these works performed in France. Peter Boenisch (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) looked at the work of English directors on the continental stage, insisting particularly on two directors (Robert Icke and Joe Hill-Gibbons) in Holland, Germany and German-speaking Switzerland.
Each day ended with an appropriate climax. Day one concluded with An Irish Story by Kelly Rivière (surtitled by students from Paris 8 under the guidance of Marie Nadia Karsky).
At the end of day two the conference participants were treated to an interview of celebrated playwright Simon Stephens by Dan Rebellato (Royal Holloway London). Simon Stephens is an ideal dramatist to interview in relation to the theme of the conference. Firstly, his own work has been put on across Europe, notably thanks to his collaboration with Sebastian Nübling. Secondly, Simon Stephens has contributed to the circulation of non-Anglophone plays in the UK, having translated/adapted works by playwrights such as Brecht, Chekhov and Ibsen. The discussion between Dan Rebellato and Simon Stephens brought out the importance of crossing borders in Stephens’s work and in the Anglophone theatre in general. Despite the many serious themes evoked, Stephens and Rebellato managed to end on an optimistic note about the role of theatre in Europe to the delight of the conference participants.
A selection of the papers will be published in 2019 along with highlights from the round-table discussion in a special issue of Coup de Théâtre.
(Special Issue, European Journal for English Studies)
The outcome of the 2016 referendum and the consequences the United Kingdom and Europe are currently facing in its aftermath will have a deep effect on various sectors within academia. It will not only affect research funding, the recruitment of talents and cross-border collaborations between academics on the continent and in the United Kingdom, but also have an impact on student and staff exchanges. Above all, however, Brexit and the debates surrounding the referendum posit new challenges to the role of academics in a renationalising Europe: the Vote Leave campaign was driven by an anti-establishment, anti-supranational, and anti-European rhetoric that did not stop short of academia.
The short- and long-term implications of Brexit on academia and the relationship between British and EU universities are hard to predict, but need to be addressed. While some universities have already reacted to the looming Brexit by founding research networks to support the exchange with researchers from the UK (such as the BritInn-network at the University of Innsbruck) or by establishing strategic partnerships with research institutions in the UK, more initiatives are needed to further support long-term collaboration post-Brexit.
This special issue on Brexit and Academia aims at scrutinizing the consequences of Brexit for the European research landscape, future collaborations between colleagues from Europe and Britain, and academia as a whole from a wide range of different (trans-)disciplinary perspectives.
Papers might address, but are not limited to,
analysis of the referendum campaigns, the subsequent Brexit-negotiations, or the future relationship between the UK and the EU;
the specific challenges faced by researchers involved in cross-border projects;
the impact of Brexit on the arts, humanities, and sciences and possible solutions;
the consequences, challenges, and possible solutions for higher education institutions;
the impact on different areas within politics, the economy, culture, and society that will have a lasting effect on academia;
the role of academia for maintaining collaboration and exchange in post-Brexit Europe
possible solutions for universities and research institutions to further support collaboration between researchers from Europe and the UK
Call for Topics for Two Special Issues of TheEuropean Journal of English Studies (Volume 25, to be published in 2021) until 1 March 2019
The general editors of the European Journal of English Studies are currently seeking proposals for two special issues of Volume 25 to be published in 2021. EJES presents work of the highest quality in English literature, linguistics and cultural studies. The journal’s acronym ‘EJES’ reflects on the journal’s aspiration to publish cutting-edge research within an outlook that questions boundaries between disciplines and cultural contexts. For us, ‘European’ does not describe a geography, but a situation in which ‘English’ is studied and taught in both Anglophone and non-Anglophone contexts and across a range of disciplines. EJES is published by Taylor & Francis, a division of Routledge. The journal is peer reviewed and has an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects. Numbers of the special issues have been subsequently published by Routledge as books.
The general editors encourage proposals of up to 300 words for special issues that span divides between cultural theory, literary analysis and linguistics. Guest editing teams should be comprised of two individuals working in different localities within Europe. They should demonstrate significant editing experience. Please send your proposal by 1 March to all three general editors and see the EJES website for examples of earlier CFPs: http://essenglish.org/ejes/
As the title suggests, the conference welcomes a critical discussion on the topics related to the development of anglophone studies over the last century, their place in the globalized societies of today, as well as the directions they may take in the future.
Proposals for papers are invited in the fields of literatures in English, linguistics, translation/interpreting, English language teaching, English for specific purposes, and cultural studies. Interdisciplinary research is strongly encouraged to convey as broad a range of insights as possible.
We are honoured to confirm the following plenary speakers:
Michael Ashby, University College London, United Kingdom
Patricia Ashby, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
Lieven Buysee, KU Leuven, Belgium
Alberto Lázaro, University of Alcalá, Spain
You are welcome to submit a proposal for a 20-minute presentation addressing the above topics. Abstracts of between 200 and 300 words can be submitted using Easychair. The due date for the submission of abstracts is 25th February 2019. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their proposal by 1st June 2019. A selection of (reworked and expanded) papers presented at the conference will be published in the academic journal ELOPE.
EUR 120: regular
EUR 60: student (please email a copy of student ID)
EUR 100: regular, SDAŠ members
EUR 50: student, SDAŠ members (please email a copy of student ID)
EUR 40: late registration fee (to be added to all registration fees after 15 July 2019)
EUR 50: single day registration (non-participating visitors only)
The online open-access academic journal de genere offers a space for interdisciplinary research and critical debate in gender and postcolonial studies. The journal will be published annually, with issues focusing on research on and around ‘genres’ and ‘genders’, moving within both juxtaposed semantic fields, and within literary, media and artistic forms and formations. The aim is that of mapping and investigating the transformations brought about by the emergence of the “unexpected” subjects of Western Modernity.
Olivier Esteves, The ‘Desegregation’ of English Schools: Bussing, Race and Urban Space, 1960s-1980s
Manchester University Press, 2018
Published Date: December 2018
BIC Category: Sociology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, Multicultural Education, Society & social sciences / Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, Ethnic Studies, Humanities / Social & cultural history
Dispersal, or ‘bussing’, was introduced in England in the early-1960s after white parents expressed concerns that the sudden influx of non-Anglophone South Asian children was holding back their own children’s education. It consisted in sending busloads of mostly Asian children to predominantly white suburban schools in an effort to ‘spread the burden’ and to promote linguistic and cultural integration. Although seemingly well-intentioned, dispersal proved a failure: it was based on racial identity rather than linguistic deficiency and ultimately led to an increase in segregation, as bussed pupils were daily confronted with racial bullying in dispersal schools. This is the first ever book on English bussing, based on an in-depth study of local and national archives, alongside interviews with formerly-bussed pupils decades later.
Olivier Esteves is Professor of British Studies at the University of Lille, France.
Table of contents:
1 “To allay people’s fears on numbers”: the introduction of dispersal in Southall
2 Improvisation in high places? Setting the national framework for bussing
3 “Before it gets out of hand”: the introduction of dispersal in Bradford
4 Reluctant cities: how London and Birmingham said no to dispersal
5 Dispersing in diverse places: how the other L.E.A.s fared
6 Taking the bullying by the horns: the emergence of resistance against bussing
7 Babylon by bus: the quotidian experience of being bussed
The Nominations Committee of the ESSE Board seeks applications for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer, which fall vacant in January 2020. The usual term of office is three years. Candidates, who should preferably have been involved in ESSE affairs or have had similar positions in their national associations, should submit, as e–mail attachments:
a letter of application
a short (2–3 page) CV
letters of support from two national associations.
Each national association can also nominate candidates for any of these two positions (only one candidate for each position). In this case, national associations will submit, as e–mail attachments:
a letter, signed by the association’s President, describing the candidate’s competence for the specific office
a short (2–3 page) CV of candidate(s) proposed
a letter, signed by another association’s President, seconding this proposal
a letter in which the candidate will express his/her agreement with the candidacy.
Applications and nominations must be submitted electronically, by 30 April 2019 at the latest, to the members of the Nominations Committee:
From the applications and nominations received, the Committee will select the best candidates (maximum of three for each office). The two officers will be chosen by vote at the ESSE Board meeting in Wroclaw, 29–30 August 2019.
Developing Mediation Skills for Teaching Legal English
By Patrizia Anesa & Barbora Chovancova
4-5 October, 2018 Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Sistemas Informáticos, MADRID
The project proposal was presented by Patrizia Anesa (University of Bergamo, Italy) and Barbora Chovancová (Masaryk University Language Centre, Brno, Czech Republic). Members of the project are: Ismael Arinas Pellon (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain), Shona Whyte (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France) and Halina Sierocka (University of Białystok, Poland).
The workshop gave the participants the chance to discuss the project proposal and offer a definition of the first operational steps. Some of the sessions were also open to members of the Comm&Learn Research Team based at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (in particular Carola Álvarez-Bolado Sánchez, José Luis Llavona Arregui, Luis Dochao Moreno, and Éva Jakusné Harnos). The workshop also allowed us to discuss future strategies and potential forms of cooperation, as well as to share ideas about how project findings can be presented and circulated to colleagues internationally.
The term mediation can denote both a tool to reach a consensus in ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) and a language skill which enables communication over a linguistic barrier. The project intends to address both aspects. It also aims at defining good practices in the field of mediation to be developed for the legal profession, identifying educational needs and gaps in the area (emerging across different countries), and producing flexible programmes for legal English in a globalized, fast evolving legal world. The approach is not limited to linguistic features but will be contextualised by information offered by practitioners and teacher educators.
The complexity of mediation dynamics encompasses phenomena such as the popularization of information and its recontexualization, especially in teaching and training contexts. Thus, mediation will also be observed from a communicative perspective as a skill which has been relatively overlooked in ESP teaching (Chovancova 2016). The project will investigate practices which can be implemented in the teaching of Legal English in light of the importance of such discursive practices in making informed decisions. Thus, the analysis also aims to evaluate to what extent mediation may be defined as a crucial skill in legal language instruction and teacher education, and will provide practical applications of the integration of mediation into the legal English syllabus. In particular, legal language learning is inherently linked to content construction in Content-Based Instruction (CBI) and English Medium Instruction (EMI). Thus, a syllabus focusing on technical mediation material, interactive teamwork, and communication skills is crucial for efficient teaching and learning. Practical examples of qualitative and quantitative results from courses involving different types of technology-mediated teaching and learning in different universities will also be considered.
The overall objective is thus to offer insights into ways of enhancing and modernizing legal English teaching and learning by taking into account skills which are often ignored in traditional materials, but which in turn represent essential abilities in specific professional contexts.
This workshop represented a great opportunity to discuss the strengths and weakness of the project and exchange ideas with other experts in the field. We would like to express our gratitude to ESSE, which supported it and made it possible.
Women on the Move: Body, Memory and Femininity in Present-Day Transnational Diasporic Writing Edited by Silvia Pellicer-Ortín, Julia Tofantšuk
Published by Routledge 266 pages Hardback: 9781138321991 eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429452291
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
Disturbing Transitions: Critical Inner Landscapes of Migration, Jill Lewis
Introduction: The Female Body and Self in the Glocal: Plights and Opportunities for Contemporary Diasporic Women, Silvia Pellicer-Ortín and Julia Tofantšuk
SECTION 1: Unbelonginess and Displacement in the Diaspora: Finding a Voice Through Narrative
1 Ceìdric Courtois: The Travelling Bodies of African Prostitutes in the Transnational Space in Chris Abani’s Becoming Abigail (2006) and Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street (2009)
2 Merve Sarikaya-Şen: A Traumatic Romance of (Un)Belonginess: NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names,
SECTION 2: Globality, Locality and Cosmpolitanism
3 Beatriz Pérez Zapata: Dancing Across Nations: The Transnational and the Glocal in Zadie Smith’s Swing Time,
4 María Rocío Cobo-Piñero: Taiye Selasi and the Afropolitan Daughters of the Diaspora,
SECTION 3: Defining Feminine Spaces: Home, Self, Identity and Food
5 Chiara Battisti and Sidia Fiorato: Corinne Bigot; “By Way of Their Fingers”: Making Sense of Self and Home in Selected Short Stories by Edwidge Danticat, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
6 Chiara Battisti and Sidia Fiorato: In the Kitchen with Monica Ali: Flavouring Gender and Diaspora
SECTION 4: Femininity, Spatiality and Liminality
7 Maria Amor Barros-del Río: Recalling Female Migration in Contemporary Irish Novels: An Intersectional Approach
8 Selen Aktari-Sevgi: Liminality and Affective Mobility in Anne Enright’s The Green Road
9 Julia Tofantšuk: Movement, Places and Knotted History in Charlotte Mendelson’s Almost English
SECTION 5: Crossing Borders: Female Bodies and Identities in Transit
10 Paul Rüsse and Maialen Antxustegi-Etxarte: Travelling the US-Mexican Border, Challenging Chicanidad
11 Carolina Sánchez-Palencia: Under the Skin of British History: Bodies in Transit in Andrea Levy’s Small Island
12 Silvia Pellicer-Ortín: Short Stories on the Move: Mapping Memory and Constructing the (Jewish) Diasporic Female Self in Michelene Wandor’s False Relations
Silvia Pellicer-Ortín is a Lecturer in the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Julia Tofantšuk is Associate Professor of British Literature and curator of Liberal Arts in Humanities programme at Tallinn University, Estonia.
The ESSE Collaborative Project Workshop Scheme offers seed funding of up to 8,000Euro to support a preliminary meeting of European researchers working towards a collaborative research project in the field of English Studies. The main purpose of this grant is to encourage prospective co-researchers from different national associations to plan a bid for a larger award from alternative funding sources; it also aims to resource the time and space to work out practical and intellectual details of the proposed project. Applications will be assessed on the quality and originality of research, evidence of sustainable international collaboration, and the feasibility of the project and its development.
The proposed workshop should be designed to explore a collaborative research project that falls within the subject area of ESSE. The main purpose of the workshop should be to plan or facilitate grant writing for a larger award, although other activities connected to the development of the project may be involved.
Applications should be submitted jointly by two full ESSE members from two different national associations.
Other participants in the proposed workshop may be drawn from the same institutions or associations, but international diversity and collaboration across associations will be one of the criteria for assessing applications. Proposals can include postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers. Any participants who are not members of their national associations will be expected to join where possible following a successful application.
The ESSE Board members are excluded from proposing or taking part in the workshop.
The grant will only fund workshops of the type described above; it does not support other types of events, such as conferences, symposia, colloquia, seminar series or guest lectures.
The grant may be used for reasonable expenses only: these include travel, accommodation and subsistence. Costs of meeting room bookings should be met by the hosting institution.
The grant is designed to support a two-day meeting, and budgets should be designed to reflect this structure unless there is good reason for an alternative.
The grant will be of a maximum of 4,000 euro per application.
Successful applicants are expected to submit a full financial report with a detailed overview of expenses, including receipts and invoices. They will also be required to report back to ESSE on how the workshop objectives have been achieved and what plans are in place for the follow-up bid. Workshop participants may also like to write up their meeting for the ESSE Messenger.
Successful applicants should acknowledge support received from ESSE in subsequent publications or publicity for the project. The ESSE logo should be included where appropriate in printed or electronic materials related to the project.
Applications should include the following:
Workshop participant details: name, affiliation, position and email address for all participants, and indication of their contribution to the project (maximum 150 words for each participant)
Project topic: outline of the proposed project with research questions and brief bibliography (maximum 1,000 words)
Funding plans: details of funding body, scheme and amount of award to be applied for, where possible.
Recognising that it is difficult in some situations to obtain access to books necessary for research without purchasing them, and recognising also that some ESSE members have financial difficulties, ESSE awards some small grants to its members for the purchase of books in connection with specific research projects.
Grants will be of a maximum of 300 euro per applicant. However, applications will be kept to the minimum necessary and restricted only to books that fulfil the following criteria:
Books that are not held by the applicant’s university libraries and cannot easily and quickly be obtained by interlibrary loan.
Books that need to be available to the applicants over an extended period, longer than would be possible through a library loan.
Books whose price would place a strain on the applicant’s available financial resources, for example, because of the high cost of the books concerned.
ESSE requests that successful applicants donate the books to their university libraries when their research projects have been completed, so that other scholars can benefit from the books.
Applicants for book grants must themselves be members of their national associations affiliated to ESSE, with the exception of PhD students from the Serbian Association for the Study of English, which does not consider doctoral students eligible as members; in this case, their supervisor must be a member of an association affiliated to ESSE.
Grants are available for any research project, whether it is formally registered and recognised or simply normal individual academic research. However, it is not the intention to provide books for general academic purposes, e.g. as reference works to have on one’s bookshelf.
The application deadline is 1 May 2019. Applications will be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Books included in the application must be bought at the personal expense of the applicant between the application deadline and 30 June 2019.
After purchasing the books, the winners will send the itemised receipts to the Treasurer of ESSE, Alberto Lázaro (email@example.com). The receipt(s) will include the name of the purchaser, the titles and the cost of the books (even if the purchases are electronic).
Grant money will be transferred to recipients’ accounts before 15 July 2019.
In 2019, ESSE will offer funding of up to €19,000 to help cover costs associated with a research trip.
ESSE will again offer TWO types of travel bursaries:
Type A: a number of bursaries of up to €1,500 each will be available for scholars in need of support to pursue a project or programme of research leading to the writing of their PhD dissertation.
Type B: a number of bursaries of up to €1,500 each will be available for scholars already holding a doctorate or its equivalent.
Applications are invited from all member countries. Awards are made on the basis of academic merit.
Only one application per person is allowed.
Bursaries may not be used to support research trips begun before the Bursary Committee has announced the outcome of the competition.
Applications for Type A and Type B Bursaries will not normally be entertained from candidates who have previously been successful in that competition.
In the case of both competitions A and B, winners are expected to make a short-term visit to a country where they, for example, identify an outstanding holding, collection or other type of material relevant to their research, or where they gather corpus materials or conduct an experiment. Conference participation is not supported by these bursaries; award winners may extend their visit at their own expense to attend a conference in the country concerned, but no part of the conference expenses will be covered by the bursary. Bursaries must be utilized and the study trips completed by the application deadline for next year’s bursaries, i.e. 1 March 2020.
After completing the research trip, winners will be asked to send a financial report to the Treasurer of ESSE and a report about their results to both the Treasurer and the Chair of the Selection Committee. This latter report may be published in ESSE Messenger.
Applicants for the first type of bursary are required to be members of their national associations affiliated to ESSE with the exception of the Serbian Association for the Study of English which does not consider PhD students eligible as members; in this case, their supervisors must be ESSE members.
Applicants for the second type of bursaries must be registered members of their national associations affiliated to ESSE for at least one year (membership starting on 1 January of the previous year – this is to say, January 2018).
The deadline for applications for both types of Bursaries is 1 March 2019.
Notification to the applicants should be sent (electronically) by 15 April 2019. Applicants should send electronically to the chair of the Selection Committee:
the completed application form (see below) with sections on personal information, a list of the applicant’s most important publications, a research plan, and a provisional budget proposal;
a scanned or electronically generated letter issued by the president or the secretary of the appropriate national organization to certify the membership of the applicant (or his/her supervisor in Serbia);
for Type A bursaries, a letter of recommendation, sent directly via email to the Chair of the Selection Committee by the supervisor of the PhD candidate.
Note: the names of the bursary winners and their projects will be published on the ESSE website.
Reading and Writing the World: Perception and Identity in the Era of Climate Change
Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France, 5-6 April 2019
Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2019 http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1904/
Health and Healing in Culture and Literature: International Başkent Conference
Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 13-15 March 2019
Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2018 http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1903/#health
Brexit and Beyond: Nation and Identity: 2019 SAUTE conference
Department of English, Universität Basel, Switzerland, 3-4 May 2019
Deadline for proposals: 13 January 2019 http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1905/
ESSE organizes an annual Doctoral Symposium, which continues a tradition dating from 2012 and is designed to provide a platform for young scholars to present and receive feedback on their work. The Symposium is open without charge to PhD students who are writing their theses in English Studies and are at least in the second year of work on their doctorate at the time of the Symposium. To be eligible, either their supervisor or they themselves must be known to the Treasurer of ESSE as a member of an ESSE-affiliated Association (or, in relevant countries, of a Department that belongs to an ESSE-affiliated Association) at the moment of application. The next Symposium will take place in the Institute of English Studies at the University of Wrocław (Poland) on 27 and 28 August 2019.
The multilingual context we live in leads to constant interaction between languages. As a result, there are various language contact phenomena that have become common practice among speakers and that are constantly shaping the individual’s language use and identity. This issue of the ESSE Messenger invites scholars to send their articles on topics related to micro-sociolinguistics (borrowing, code-switching, translanguaging, polylingual languaging, metrolingualism, translingual practices), macro-sociolinguistics (language shift, language maintenance), and how these phenomena influence the speakers’ linguistic practices and identity.
Place, Space, Region and Cultural Identity in Anglophone Literatures, Arts and Cultures
Prešov, Slovakia, 20-21 November 2018
Deadline for proposals: 15 September 2018 http://essenglish.org/cfp/conf1811/#place
Charlotte Gould, Artangel and Financing British Art: Adapting to Social and Economic Change
154 pages, 35 B/W Illus.
The Artangel Trust has been credited with providing artists with all the money and logistics they need to create one-off dream projects. An independent art commissioning agency based in London, it has operated since 1985 and is responsible for producing some of the most striking ephemeral and site-specific artworks of the last decades, from Rachel Whiteread’s House to Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave. Artangel’s existence spans three decades, which now form a coherent whole in terms of both art historical and political periodisation. It was launched as a reaction to the cuts in funding for the visual arts introduced by the Thatcher government in 1979 and has since adapted in a distinctive way to changing cultural policies. Its mixed economic model, the recourse to public, private and corporate funds, is the result of the more general hybridisation of funding encouraged by successive governments since the 1980s and offers a contemporary case study on broader questions concerning the specificities of British art patronage. This book aims to demonstrate that the singular way its directors have responded to the vagaries of public funding and harnessed new national attitudes to philanthropy has created a sustainable independent model, but also that it has been reflected more formally, in their approach to site. The locational art produced by the agency has indeed mirrored new distinctions between public and private spaces, it has reflected the social and economic changes the country has gone through and accompanied the new cultural geographies shaping London and the United Kingdom. Looking into whether their funding model might have had a formal incidence on the art they helped produce and on its relation to notions of publicness and privacy, the study of Artangel gives a fresh insight into new trends in British site-specific art.
Charlotte Gould is Assistant Professor of British Studies at Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris, France.
Table of Contents
1. Post-Consensus Cultural Policies and the Hybridisation of Funding: A British Model
2. Artangel, Producing Art in the Post-Consensus Age
3. The Public Art of Artangel
4. Dissemination, the New Sites of Art
Humanities Bulletin is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed Journal which features original studies and reviews in the various branches of Humanities, including History, Literature, Philosophy.
This journal is not allied with any specific school of thinking or cultural tradition; instead, it encourages dialogue between ideas and people with different points of view. Our aim is to bring together different international scholars, in order to promote the dialogue between cultures, ideas and new academic researches.