Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Café Spéculatif, conversations around 'Film'

17 January 2024, 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

film reels unspooling on white table

Join us for an exciting evening of intellectual exploration, featuring researchers and artists in conversation to explore fresh ideas in creative methods and artistic practice.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students






Speculative Worlds Research Collective


IAS Common Ground
G11, ground floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower Street, London
United Kingdom

Speculative Worlds Research Collective and ARIEL: UCL’s Centre for Creative Practice Research are excited to host the inaugural Café Spéculatif!

Café Spéculatif is a forum to bring together the community of academics and creative practitioners to discuss new and ongoing projects and navigate possible conundrums over refreshments in a collegial and supportive environment. 

The theme for the inaugural Café Spéculatif is: 'Film'.

Café audiences are people who are interested in creative methods, artistic practice in academic research, and other researchers. Anyone can participate; speakers are there to be questioned and talk about their work at all levels. Cafés are informal and accessible.

Cafés start with a short talk (usually no more than twenty minutes) by the speaker, to introduce the topic. After this there is usually a short break to allow glasses to be refilled and conversations to start. This is followed by 30 minutes or so of questions and answers and general discussion. Anyone can ask a question, and we positively welcome those which begin “This might be a stupid question, but …” These questions are invariably not stupid and often rather insightful.

This event is free and open to all, although places are limited. Please register at www.eventbrite.com/e/cafe-speculatif-tickets-779609191077


Image credit: Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash