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University of Wolverhampton Lecture Series

2017/8 Lecture Series

The Faculty of Arts Research Lecture series offers the opportunity to hear from expert researchers sharing their knowledge and expertise on a variety of subjects. Open the headings below to find out more about each lecture in our 2017/18 series.

Upcoming lectures

Dr Stefan Nowotny



Dr Stefan Nowotny, Goldsmiths University

Research group: Art, Philosophy and Social Practice Cluster

Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017

Venue: MK045, 6 - 7.30pm

The Politics of Translation: Migration and the Becoming of Languages

In recent decades, translation has become an important focus of critical concerns yet also often been deployed as a ready-made metaphor to address questions related to globalisation, migration or other instances of rapidly shifting semiospheres. But what is actually at stake in the process of translation: agentially, socially, politically? Moving away from communicational understandings of translation based on models of source/target languages, and bracketing generalising debates around the (un)translatable, this talk will take its cue from the notion of a ‘becoming of languages’ (W. Benjamin). It will ask how acts of translation are informed by various political presuppositions – or may contribute, on the other hand, to undoing them.

Stefan Nowotny is a philosopher based in London. He teaches at the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and is a member of the independent research institute eipcp – European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies. He has been part of several research projects on translation since 2005, resulting in several co-edited volumes as well as the co-authored book Übersetzung: Das Versprechen eines Begriffs (w/ Boris Buden; Vienna/Berlin, 2008). Various of his writings on translation are available on the eipcp’s multilingual web journal transversal,


Here and there, now and then

‌‌‌Speaker: Jacqueline Poncelet

Research group:  Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation, Material and Theoretical Practice Cluster 

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017

Venue: MK045, 6-7.30pm

From the beginning of her career, Jacqueline Poncelet has been drawn to pattern and colour with an interest in form coming later. After initially studying ceramics, she worked exclusively in clay until the mid-1980s. Since then, it has been increasingly difficult to define her as an artist following explorations in sculpture and painting, as well as installations and collaborations with other artists. She has also curated exhibitions and worked on public commissions, both large and small. A theme of embracing the visual complexity of the world is present in Jacqueline’s work. Rather than being overwhelming, she views this complexity as both positive and exciting, something that enriches our lives.

Curatorial Consciousness


Speaker: Dr Michael Birchall, Liverpool John Moores University

Research group:  Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation, Art, Philosophy and Social Practice Cluster 

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2017

Venue: MK045, 6-7.30pm


This lecture will discuss the challenges present in contemporary curating as museums continue to expand their collections, devote programming to durational performance, and socially engaged art. As artists have moved towards models of post-studio practice, in which the art object is no longer privileged above other forms, the gallery itself becomes a site for production, interaction and debate. This turn has seen the museum and the curators who programme exhibitions shift their attention to user experience. As such, the contemporary museum is quickly moving into a site of production and gravitating towards participatory models.


Photography in Superposition

Speaker: Paul Bevan, London College of Fashion

Research group:  Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation, Communication and Design Cluster

Date: Tuesday 5 December 2017

Venue: MK045, 6-7.30pm

 The term 'superposition' is used in the quantum world to describe the status of (invisible) matter that conceivably exists in all possible states at once. The superposition collapses into a singular state through an act of detection or observation, when the matter is seen or observed. Paul Bevan considers photography as an act of observation that collapses the superposition in a number of ways, and also as a practice that creates it.

Is That a Thing? Voyages in Creative Computing and Digital Opera

Speaker: Lee Scott, Bath Spa University

Research group:  Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance Research Centre

Date: Thursday 7 December 2017

Venue: WH027, 6-8pm

This talk traces the development of artworks that collide computing, music and interactive storytelling. Concepts such as digital opera and ASMR music are proposed, and positioned as examples of Creative Computing – an emerging field that is concerned with knowledge combination and deploying computing as a tool to enhance human creativity. Lee Scott introduces the trajectory of Creative Computing while revealing his personal approaches to co-creation, ‘liveness’ and digital music, and suggests how each contributes to a reimaging of the opera form. The talk closes with an outline of several upcoming projects that apply the philosophy of Creative Computing in contexts that extend beyond digital performance.

Lecture Series archive

Inaugural Lecture: Research in UK Higher Education: The Challenges and Opportunities

Professor John Darling, Dean of Research, and Dr Benjamin Halligan, Director of The Doctoral College, welcomed over 80 people to the inaugural lecture of The University of Wolverhampton Lecture Series on Thursday 10 November 2016.

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, spoke about Research in UK Higher Education: The Challenges and Opportunities. screenshot of inaugural lecture series presentation‌‌ Watch Geoff's presentation on The Doctoral College’s channel and download the PowerPoint Presentation from the lecture: Lecture Series Prof Geoff Layer (Powerpoint 862k).


Photos of the event

Inaugural lecture series, Professor Geoff Layer, Dr Benjamin Halligan Professor John Darling speaking with guest Inaugural lecture series audience

Have a look at The Doctoral College’s Facebook page for more photos from the lecture.

Guest Lecture: The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914

Professor Sir Richard J Evans held a guest lecture hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences on Tuesday 15 November 2016:

The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914

Richard Evans explored the revolutions, empire-building and wars that marked the nineteenth century. It was a time where what was seen as modern with amazing speed appeared old-fashioned, where huge cities sprang up in a generation, new European countries were created and where, for the first time, humans could communicate almost instantly over thousands of miles.

Richard Evans’s lecture drew on a lifetime of thinking about 19th century Europe and recreated a rich and entertaining exploration of a continent undergoing drastic transformation.

The author also signed copies of his book following his talk.

About the Author

  • President of Wolfson College, Cambridge and Provost of Gresham College
  • Until 2014, the Regius Professor of History at Cambridge University
  • Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and Birkbeck College, London
  • Knighted in 2012