Dr. Emma Coffield, Newcastle University - A Good Thing For All? Why We Need A Critical Study Of Artist-Run Initiatives'
In the UK, artist-run initiatives (ARIs) are widely advocated as ‘the norm’ for recent arts graduates, and/or as an alternative to already-established practices. Moreover, participation in an ARI is often presumed to be meritocratic, so that it is the ‘best’ or ‘most dedicated’ members who are rewarded with opportunities to make and present work, as well as to develop professional networks. Yet while membership can be transformational it can also involve large amounts of time without financial recompense, compounding existing inequalities. In this paper I argue that ARIs are powerful agents in the construction of culture and as such deserve a more critical approach.
Dr. Christine Feldman-Barrett, Griffiths University (Australia) - Beatlemania and Beyond: A Women’s History of the Beatles
The Beatles, as both a musical group and cultural phenomenon, have been studied and discussed in myriad ways and through many analytical lenses since their ascent to fame in the early 1960s. Whether in the public sphere via journalistic accounts and bestsellers or in academia through books and journal articles, the Beatles are some of most carefully documented and studied figures of the twentieth century. Despite the long-standing attention given the “Fab Four,” one approach has not been fully investigated or developed: the many ways in which women are part of the Beatles story. The inclusion of women in Beatles history usually focuses on the screams of Beatlemaniacs and concludes with Yoko Ono’s supposed role in breaking up the band. This project hopes to re-imagine the Beatles story and its ongoing cultural repercussions more comprehensively as witnessed and experienced by women from the group's 1960s heyday to the contemporary moment.
About the speakers:
Dr. Emma Coffield is an Early Career Academic Fellow in Media, Culture, Heritage (MCH) at Newcastle University. Her work is concerned with the everyday construction and experience of art and artists, and she has just begun work on a new research project: 'Geographies of Art: The Spatial Politics of Artistic Practice'.
Dr. Christine Feldman-Barrett is a Lecturer in Sociology at Griffith University. Her scholarship focuses on the histories of youth culture and popular music, both locally and internationally. Her first book ‘We are the Mods’: A Transnational History of a Youth Subculture (Peter Lang, 2009), examined Mod culture in Britain, Germany, the United States and Japan from the 1960s to the early 2000s. She is also the editor of and a contributing author to Lost Histories of Youth Culture (Peter Lang 2015).