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Art and Activism in the Digital Age

We would like to invite you to participate in the inaugural event to develop the new interdisciplinary module, Art and Activism in the Digital Age!

A new final year module, Art and Activism in the Digital Age has been developed based on our current research as part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking project. This module received a King’s Interdisciplinary Curriculum Innovation Award and we hope that it will be open to students across the Faculty. We are working with King’s Academy to develop the module and their team will be implementing the administrative processes to enable this to happen.

Morning 11.00-13.00 - Research Showcase (drop-in session)

From 11.00-13.00 we will be holding a research showcase to share aspects of the work that has informed this new module. This will be an interactive exhibition and an open session. Colleagues are welcome to drop in during the morning to engage with our research on women’s art and activism in Latin America. We will also be inviting some external collaborators who will contribute guest workshops and sessions to the module.

Research Showcase
The showcase is self-guided and visitors are welcome to arrive at any time to explore the images, recordings and texts on display. The researchers working on Art and Activism in the Digital Age will be at the showcase to discuss this work, the case studies selected and how the project will evolve in the future. Some of our co-collaborators will also be at the exhibition to talk about their work and practice. If you would like to collaborate with us on this project then please come along!
Afternoon 13.00-16.00 - Staff Workshop

We will start the session with lunch, which will be provided.

Staff Workshop
The workshop will focus on how the themes of art and activism connect teaching and research across our different departments to explore how we can develop a range of case studies that could be taught in this module in the future.
We are particularly interested in investigating how digital technologies, platforms and online creative spaces have transformed the links between art and activism and had an impact upon how art, in multiple forms, is disseminated.
This dissemination and global visibility has had an impact upon language and the ways in which it is used e.g. to create hashtags. We want to explore how digital platforms have changed the way languages come into contact with one another and the impact that this has on the way practitioners use language. How can we develop critical skills to mediate, navigate and understand these contact zones?

Our aims for the workshop are:

  • To meet with colleagues from across the Faculty to explore how we can maximise the interdisciplinary potential of this module by making connections with teaching and research already happening in relation to art and activism. 
  • To explore ways in which a range of case studies could be taught in this module to allow for contributions from colleagues across the Faculty to create an interdisciplinary and multilingual classroom.
  • To showcase the critical digital literacies and competencies which students will develop in this module and discuss how these relate to and could be implemented in other disciplines.
  • To find out how this module could be enhanced so that it is attractive to students from across the Faculty and is in dialogue with other modules.

Colleagues external to King's who wish to come to the morning Research Showcase drop-in, please register your interest by emailing languageacts@kcl.ac.uk. The afternoon workshop is invitation only. 

Part of the Language Acts and Worldmaking Worldmaking Fair.

We are delighted to have received a King's Curriculum Innovation Award to support and develop this work. You can read a news item about the Curriculum Innovation awards received by the Language Acts and Worldmaking project.

 Read our latest blog about our work on Art and Activism in the Digital Age so far and goal for developing the module.