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A virtual interdisciplinary symposium exploring the re-purposing of objects, knowledge and narratives.



COVID-19
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we plan to RE-PURPOSE our conference to an online platform. We are committed to producing an interesting and informative event, and are excited to explore a new innovative way to deliver our programme to you. We will communicate any changes as they are confirmed, thank you for your patience.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT AS PRESENTATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCESSIBLE TO REGISTERED GUESTS.



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‘Out with the old, in with the new’ – a familiar sentiment in a consumer-driven society; one that implies that to move forward we must first rid ourselves of the past. But, what if we are to re-examine the ‘old’? By shining a new light, we might reveal hidden narratives, renew stale interpretations, and challenge preconceived ideas, thus contributing to a wider consideration of issues as wide-ranging as sustainability, value, and ideas of reclamation.

This one-day event hosted by the MRes Research Development group at Northumbria University, Newcastle, brings together postgraduate students for an interdisciplinary symposium offering a unique evaluation of Re-purposing objects, knowledge, and narratives.

Reclaiming Objects

Waste not, want not. Fast fashion or slow fashion. To repair or discard. The obsession with the new in a society that doesn’t know what to do with the end of life for people and things. The places we make. The spaces we inhabit. Sustained.

Reclaiming Knowledge

The know-how. The knack. The hands-on knowledge. Grey matter. The head over the hand. The give and take of information. The share or steal of expertise. The teacher and the learner. To lecture at or to discover together.

Reclaiming Narratives

Powerful characters. Invisible actors. Forgotten stories. Interpreted. Misinterpreted. Characters reborn in new guise. Traverse the ages. Cross the generations. Problematic agents. Illegal activity. Subversive actions. The sidelined players. The accepted conclusion.

Our interdisciplinary conference RE-PURPOSED: Reclaiming Past Objects, Knowledge, and Narratives, embarks on a journey to ask these questions and challenge these themes. With an array of contributions from different fields of study and disciplines spanning history, queer studies, media, literature, education, craft and design, we hope to facilitate conversations around the ways in which we re-purpose.

Please register by 5 May 2020.

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We are starting to grow our roots! We cannot wait to share a collection of insightful papers with you come May 7th! We may be in the early stages but we know that it’s worth looking forward to!

Check back soon for programme details.

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