History of Art


CSCA: Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art

Autumn 2017 Programme

Date Subject Content
Wednesday 4 October
CSCA Annual Lecture
Carrie Lambert-Beatty (Harvard University)

Parafiction, Post-Truth, and the Contemporary Art of Knowing

6pm Archaeology Lecture Theatre, 31-34 Gordon Square

poster for the event (pdf)

Saturday 16 December

Twenty Years of Boredom

11am-6pm IAS, UCL

poster for the event (pdf)

Spring 2018 Programme

Date Subject Content
Tuesday 23 January
Film screening

Wim Wenders' Alice in the Cities
presented by Briony Fer and Jacob Paskins

poster for the event (pdf)

Saturday 27 January

Dance and Vulnerability

poster for the event (pdf)

Tuesday 20 March
Panel discussion
Scripting Reality
IAS Common Ground 6pm

Summer 2018 Programme

Art and the Inner World (Symposiun) May 2018 (tbc)

The aim of the Centre is to develop a lively research community for graduates and staff working and researching in the field of contemporary art. Since its establishment in 2008 we have organised a diverse programme of workshops, conferences, reading groups and exhibition visits, as well as an on-going series of invited artists' talks. One of the central objectives of the Centre is to provide a workshop-like forum for participants to present and debate 'work in progress', as well as to foster interdisciplinary exchange with other institutions outside UCL.

All events take place from 6pm in Seminar Room 3 and 4 at UCL History of Art Department, 20 - 21 Gordon Square, London  WC1H 0AG unless otherwise noted.

The Centre seeks to generate debate concerning those pressing questions facing the contemporary condition of art, as well as providing a valuable space in which to work through the complex trajectories of contemporary art's long history. Engaging with the work being done by postgraduate students and staff in the department, the Centre provides a place to think, theorise and historicise contemporary art, exploring what it has become in light of the complex global, historical, social and political aspects of its current expanded field.


This year we will be working in conjunction with the Institute of Advanced Studies. The chosen theme is ‘Lies and Vulnerability’, which includes related subjects such as precarity, fragility, violence, risk and dependence. The CSCA's annual lecture, presented this year by Professor Carrie Lambert-Beatty (Harvard University), is called “Parafiction, Post-Truth, and the Contemporary Art of Knowing”.

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