Upcoming Events

Dreaming Utopia: The Possibilities of Imagining British Art History Otherwise

DRN Events – Shelley Angelie Saggar, Theodore (ted) Kerr, Dr Angela Stienne

  • 27 July 2021
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Zoom Webinar

This two-hour roundtable welcomes back our previous speakers from the DRN’s series British Art History in Practice, alongside contributions from network members, in order to consider utopian strategies for dreaming an alternative future for art history, art education and arts institutions. Over the course of our British Art History in Practice series our speakers and attendees discussed the current difficulties and structural inequalities endemic in the arts. From this emerged the urgent need to find strategies for survival within art spaces, but also the power of collective imagining in dreaming of new, and different ways of working or being – different ways of working or being that could provide routes to circumnavigate or redress these inequities.

This roundtable will explore our speakers’ visions for a utopian future of British art.

This event will only open to members of the Doctoral Researchers Network.

More information to follow.

About the speakers

  • Headshot of Shelley Angelie Saggar with foliage background.

    Shelley Angelie Saggar is a CHASE funded PhD researcher and museum worker based in the School of English at the University of Kent. Her project examines contestations and reclamations of the museum in Indigenous literature and film from North America and Aotearoa/New Zealand. She also works as a collections researcher at the Science Museum, where her work focuses on designing protocols for the appropriate care and management of sacred, secret and culturally sensitive items in the historical medical collections. She is the founder of The Decolonial Dictionary and can be found on Twitter @j4lebi

  • black-and-white photograph of reflection of Theodore Kerr

    Theodore (ted) Kerr is a writer and organiser based in Brooklyn, New York. His work primarily focuses on HIV / AIDS. He is a founding member of the collective What Would an HIV Doula Do?. His book, with co-author Alexandra Juhasz, WE ARE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION NOW: The Cultural Times of AIDS is forthcoming from Duke University Press.

    Photograph by Wiafe Mensah-Bonsu

  • Angela Stienne's headshot on a black background.

    Dr Angela Stienne is a cultural historian, museum researcher and consultant, working at the intersection of museum ethics, medical humanities and science communication. She is the founder of The Lyme Museum, a virtual museum exploring the lived experience of individuals with invisible illnesses and disabilities (thelymemuseum.org).