As term ends and Christmas gently descends, we invite you to sit back, drink mulled wine, and muse over the activities of the FRINGE Centre this term.
What we do...
The FRINGE Centre explores the roles that complexity, ambivalence and immeasurability play in social and cultural phenomena. A cross-disciplinary initiative bringing together scholars from the humanities and social sciences, FRINGE examines how seemingly opposed notions such as centrality and marginality, clarity and ambiguity, can shift and converge when embedded in everyday practices. Our interest lies in the hidden complexity of all embedded practices, taken-for-granted and otherwise invisible subjects. Illuminating the 'fringe' thus puts the 'centre' in a new light. More
Fringe Centre Launch
6 October 2015
The FRINGE Centre launched with The Art of Dissident Domesticity: Incarceration, Sovereignty, Information. This panel discussion demonstrates that state power is at its most controlling when it blurs boundaries, such as those between public and private, formal and intimate, legal and affective, authentic and fictional. With Dr. Jesse Weaver Shipley, Dr. Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll and Dr. Michał Murawski
No rest for the Wicked!
12 October 2015
One week following our launch, FRINGE Centre academic Dr. Michal Murawski presented Marxist Morphologies: A Critique of Flat Infrastructures, Fuzzy Property and Complexified Cities. This talk showcased Dr. Murawski's latest research, particularly focusing on his resistance to currently fashionable theories of ‘infrastructure’. Learn More
We were absorbed into UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)
UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences was set up in 2015 with the aim to “provide a creative and generative context in which to question and dislodge habitual practices and modes of thought” On October 17 2015, FRINGE became the latest Research Centre to be absorbed into UCL's IAS.
3 December 2015
Fringe Centre launches.... Again
Following incorporation into IAS, FRINGE launched again in recognition of a new partnership. The FRINGE IAS Launch played with a new presentational format, with each FRINGE member delivering a provocative 3-minute exegesis explaining their project’s relation to one of the letters in the FRINGE acronym. A written version of each of these presentations will be published on the SSEES Blog
Together with the Gallery, Calvert 22, FRINGE organised The art behind the Iron Curtain: The legacy of 70s and 80s in Contemporary Activism, a discussion in which graphic novelists Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal and cultural activist Major Waldemar Fydrych joined academic Klara Kemp-Welch (Courtauld Institute) to discuss their experiences as artists living and working behind the Iron Curtain. Look out for upcoming collaborations with Calvert 22 and The Slade School of Fine Art
Fringe Academics multiply
Fringe academics each oversee and coordinate a project on a topic of social and cultural complexity. We began on 1 October 2015 with 8 Academics and 8 Core projects. We have since expanded to include four new academics, whose projects will expand our reach and expertise. See all fringe academics
FRINGE Series to be published by UCL PRESS
Our proposal to UCL Press for a FRINGE book series has been accepted! Each book in the series will concentrate on one of our core projects. The manuscript for the first book in the collection will be submitted on 1 October 2016!
Successful funding applications
Given our modest operational budget it is critical for us to apply for funding for each of our events. We have, since inception, won four highly competitive grants.