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Hit the ground running

Fringe continues to adapt and evolve as we enter 2017, with a range of exciting new collaborations in discussion. Under the umbrella of UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies, our focus this year will be on the FRINGE publication series with UCL Press and on fostering collaborations outside the academy with organisations such as the BBC, the British Library and the Wellcome Trust. 

What's new?

Promotional Video

To  celebrate the first year anniversary of FRINGE, we commissioned a short video to highlight current FRINGE projects and to frame the distinctive FRINGE approach. The video, filmed and edited by Giulio Gobbetti, can be seen by clicking HERE

Publication out soon!

The manuscript forThe Global Encyclopaedia of Informality: Towards Understanding of Social and Cultural Complexity Vol. 1 & 2 was submitted to UCL Press in December 2016. The book, edited by Alena Ledeneva and her team, will be made available to buy this year. 
Matters financial
  • Operational funding: Our operational  funding for the academic year 2017/2018 will be made under the umbrella of UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies, rather than UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. In addition to our core funding, we will be applying for grants to assist with events and publications.
  • Grants: Since October, we have  made four funding applications, including: 
    • Global Engagement Fund Europe (Unsuccessful)
    • Global Engagement Fund International (Successful)
    • Octagon Small Grants Fund (result pending) 
    • UCL Research Catalyst Awards (result pending) 
Other news
  • FRINGE Series Editorial board: We had the first meeting of the FRINGE Series editorial board and discussed, amongst other things,  criteria for inclusion in the FRINGE Series.
  • Christmas party: FRINGE joined forces with SSEES for our Christmas party. We aired our promotional video and had positive responses. We welcome further feedback on our video.
  • Update us: Any FRINGEY news or events you want to publicise? Let us know! 
Economies of Favours after Socialism (Book Launch, Discussion & Wine Reception)
When: 19 January  2017, 6:30-8pm
Where: Institute of Advanced Studies, Common Ground, Wilkins Building, UCL, WC1E 6BT
Scholars of post-socialist politics and society have often used 'favour' as a by-word for corruption and clientelism. The contributors to this volume treat favours, and the doing of favours, as a distinct mode of acting, rather than as a form of 'masked' economic exchange or simply an expression of goodwill. Read more>

Walls Do Not Speak 
When: 23 March 2017, 6-8pm
Where: Institute of Advanced Studies, Common Ground, Wilkins Building, UCL, WC1E 6BT

Florence Webber and Jean-Robert Dantou will join us to discuss their book Walls Do Not Speak. The presentation of the book's images will be placed alongside a broader discussion of related issues of silence, mental illness and the architecture of 'madhouses'.

Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Across the Globe (this years international workshop)

When: 22-23 June 2017, 9am-5pm
Where: Institute of Advanced Studies, Common Ground, Wilkins Building, UCL, WC1E 6BT

We know that illegal housing takes place in grey zones alongside a number of informal and hidden practices. This workshop explores illegal housing, in its various forms, across the globe. It will  challenge the stereotypes that illegal occupation is predominantly a political act and reflect the complexity of illegal housing.

  • Papers welcomed on illegal housing in East/Central Europe, for consideration for inclusion in this years international workshop.
  • Proposals welcomed for edited volumes within the FRINGE series. Proposals must pass the FRIGNE test.
  • We are looking for collaborators from Latin America to join us in a joint event and its associated funding opportunities.
  • We are looking for ways to disseminate FRINGE research more widely. Let us know of media organisations, galleries, libraries, museums etc. that may be interested in collaborating with us to produce innovative content.
Spotlight on... Udo Grashoff 

FRINGE academic Udo Grashoff appears in the film Karl Marx City released in a variety of film festivals from March 2017, including New York Film Forum and Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Off-screen, Udo's work mostly covers 20th-century Germany. He specialises in the history of the two German dictatorships. He is particularly interested in taboo subjects, including  suicide in the GDR, informal housing (Schwarzwohnen), and 'betrayal' within the Communist Party of Germany. 

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