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Academic excellence award for employability

I’m delighted to have been awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Employability.

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Exhibition openings, June 22nd

Friday June 22nd, 6pm onwards

3 exhibitions, 3 venues and 1 party

plastiCities is an interdisciplinary project led by Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson from the University of Sheffield, exploring the ways in which art can contribute to the ways in which we think about, represent and practise the city. This project has been almost entirely run by students from the University of Sheffield and features several local artists and public figures. This exhibition is the culmination of several months work within the Upper Don region.

6pm – Eddy Dreadnought and poetry reading at Jessop West Exhibition Space (University of Sheffield, 1 Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield S3 7RA)

7.15pm – Joshua Holt, Gordie Orange and a talk by Dr Robert McKay at The Nichols Building (Shalesmoor, Sheffield S3 8UY)

8.15pm – Bryan Eccleshall, website launch and Don magazine launch at CADS (Smithfield, Sheffield S3 7AR)

The private views will be followed by a launch party at CADS (this is a private party so  please BYOB)


Find more details and reserve your place here.

Please print off the invitation to receive one complimentary glass of wine on entry and to access the launch party.

 For a map of the venues, please click here.

Some recent press about the plastiCities project (NR University of Sheffield)‘living-map’-of-kelham-island-area-AT-sheffield-creative-arts-development-space-(cads)/

From l. to r. Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, Professor John Barrett (University of Sheffield), Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (University of Sheffield), Duncan Mosley (DLA Piper)

Culture Club 4

I have been asked to speak about occursus/plastiCities at Sheffield’s Culture Club (held at Kelham Island Museum) on May 23rd 2012.

Building on our first three Culture Club Showcase events inspired by the Sheffield Culture Strategy, we are pleased to be linking up with Kelham Island Museum for the fourth event. The theme this time will be about ‘People and Spaces’.

As always, we have an eclectic mix of people presenting and showcasing the amazing cultural work they are doing within the Sheffield region. Expect to see the likes of LovebytesDustSoul of SheffieldSheffield Industrial Museums Trust, occursusCADSMartin Hogg, and Open Up.

This event is free and is open to all who is interested in Sheffield’s Creative and Digital Industries. It’s also a great opportunity to bring people from various creative communities together; to mingle, network and to celebrate Sheffield region’s cultural diversity.


7pm: Doors (‘Anything Goes Orchestra’ will be playing live)

7.45pm: See the River Don Steam Engine in action

8.00pm: Presentations Start

10.00pm: Close (move to Fat Cat pub)


Photography in Contemporary France – conference at the University of Nottingham, June 15th 2012

I have been invited to speak at a conference entitled Photography in Contemporary France at the University of Nottingham, June 15th 2012.

My paper is entitled ‘Retour/détour: Bruno Boudjelal and the Failure of Return’

This one-day conference will consider the multiple manifestations of photography in contemporary French society and culture, spanning the 1990s to the present day. Photography in general has been the subject of ever-increasing scholarly attention over the last decade, but often in relation to other fields and topics, e.g. art, digitisation and other media, literature, (auto-)biography, journalism, popular culture, travel and urban environment.

The purpose of this inter-disciplinary event is to bring together academics working on photography in relation to these and other subjects, in a specifically French context, in order to begin to better map and assess the multi-faceted reality of the medium and its uses, as well as different critical and theoretical approaches to it.

This conference is sponsored by the Society for French Studies, Nottingham French Studies and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies of the University of Nottingham.


9.00-9.30 – Registration

9.30-9.40 -Welcome and opening remarks – Kathrin Yacavone (University of Nottingham)

9.45-10.30 -Olga Smith (University of St Andrews): ‘L’image performée’ in French Contemporary Photography

10.30-11.15 – Amanda Crawley Jackson (University of Sheffield): Retour/détour: Bruno Boudjelal and the Failure of Return

11.30-12.15 – Shirley Jordan (Queen Mary, University of London): Photography and the City: Thoughts on Interruption

12.15-13.30 – Lunch break

13.30-14.15 – Fabien Arribert-Narce (University College London): De la ‘notation’ à la ‘fictionalisation’ de la vie : les nouvelles tendances photobiographiques dans la littérature française contemporaine

14.15-15.00 – Akane Kawakami (Birkbeck London): Diary, photojournal or journal d’écriture? Traces of Annie Ernaux in L’atelier noir and Ecrire la vie

15.00-15.30 – Tea break

15.30-16.15 – Andy Stafford (University of Leeds): André Bazin’s ‘Ontology of the Photographic Image’ in Contemporary French Photography

16.15-17.00 – Round table discussion and closing remarks (followed by Vin d’honneur)

Panel: Amanda Crawley Jackson (University of Sheffield), Shirley Jordan (Queen Mary, University of London), Joseph McGonagle (University of Manchester)


The Function of the Oblique (Son Gallery, London, June 19 2012)

No Fixed Abode is pleased to announce two events that will coincide with the current show at Son Gallery in Peckham, The Function of the Oblique; Action curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini.

AXIOMATIC PERCEPTIONS will position screenings of Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone’s works Neue Museen (2010) and Things to Come (2011), and Daniel Eisenberg’s film Displaced Person (1981) with guest speakers Daniel Eisenberg, Amanda Crawley Jackson, Gil Leung and Dan Smith.

The event aims to be an opportunity to reflect on how thinking through obliqueness requires us to look at the multiple dimensions of its conception – exactly what the oblique may represent as a tool to appropriate space and create instability, one that forces the body to adapt to disequilibrium and vertigo, raises the possibility of an oblique subject. Interestingly a notion of resistance seems to be of key importance to how a philosophical justification for the oblique may operate. Starting wide of the context of the oblique, the event will aim to position a discourse of horizontality, groundlessness and contingency – both physical and perceptive – to look towards an active, embodied philosophical space.

Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone are practising artists who have collaborated since 1993 and exhibit internationally. Graham Ellard is a Reader at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design; Stephen Johnstone is a Reader at Goldsmiths College, University of London. They both live in London.

Daniel Eisenberg has been making films and videos since 1976. His films have been screened throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He lives and works in Chicago and is a Professor in the departments of Film/Video/New Media/Animation, and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson lectures in the French Department at the University of Sheffield, where she specialises in the treatment of space in contemporary literature and visual arts from France and the French-speaking world.

Gil Leung is a writer, artist and curator based in London. She is Distribution Manager at LUX and editor of Versuch journal. She writes for Afterall and other independent publications.

Dr Dan Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Chelsea College of Art and Design. His interests are in history, the future and the disruption of the illusion of an ongoing present. His book Traces of Modernity, is published in June.

We would like to thank Attilia Fattori Franchini, Guy Robertson and Tom Saunderson at Son Gallery, and LUX for their support with this event.

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