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DPR14Research and Practice: Exchange and Change
University of Greenwich, UK – 8-10 April, 2014

Dear Colleagues

The conference is taking shape. The first call for papers is 3 December 2013; but abstracts are already coming in. Click here to see the abstracts already accepted, and here for the symposia proposed so far. DPR is democractic; and the conference reflects this, taking shape and developing its agenda as colleagues discuss ideas and as proposals come in. We strongly encourage you to get involved at this early stage by sending in proposals for papers, workshops, posters, exhibition work or performance relating to the issues around exchange and change. Help to shape the conference agenda.

Recently I asked colleagues what DPR meant to them. DPR conferences have been held each year since 2002, a book series has widely published conference themes and issues, for the last five years the journal Power and Education has extended the discussion, and an international network is growing as DPR colleagues work together and share ideas. What is this all about, and why does it matter? Here are some of the answers colleagues gave me:

  • DPR is a space for rebellious thinking and a master class in theory and philosophy around contemporary culture and education
  • DPR is a stimulating environment to be immersed in
  • DPR is a seed bank – a nuclear bunker – where ideas, values, practices, things that really matter can be kept safely alive until the sickness of neoliberalism has gone by
  • DPR is not elitist: it’s a good place to be for researchers and practitioners new and old
  • DPR is serious, but it’s extraordinarily friendly and invigorating.


Here is a quote from the flyer for DPR14: “DPR is political because teaching, learning and research are political: social justice requires that new understandings lead to action. DPR14 sets out to understand and to share the huge diversity of insights that only a truly international conference can bring together; to take courage, with a view to making things change.”

The DPR website has been updated. We hope it will be easy to use and a quick way to find out everything you need to know about the conference, the venue, travel, accommodation, registration and fees. Further information is being added regularly so please keep browsing the site.

Two news items:

1.       Pat Sikes has asked me to circulate information about the 2014 Qualitative Book of the Year Award: Call for Nominations. (Deadline: November 15, 2013). Click here to find out more.
2.       Dorit Kedar has sent information about the publication of her major project: The Book of Inter-religious Peace in Word and Image. Click here to read more.

Please will you help to spread the word about the conference by forwarding this Newsletter to colleagues, networks and institutions you think may be interested. Please contact me if there is any further information you would like, or to discuss a possible contribution to the conference.

With all best wishes
Jerome  (Jerome Satterthwaite – on behalf of the DPR Management Team)

STOP PRESS: Stefan Collini – author of What Are Universities For? (Penguin, 2012) has agreed to be a keynote speaker. For a foretaste of his brilliant wit and comprehensive understanding of contemporary Higher Education, read his Sold Out in the London Review of Books, 24 October 2013.

Note: Click here to read this newsletter via the DPR website.


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Banff Research in Culture 2013: Dock(ing); or, New Economies of Exchange (Call for Participants)

Dock(ing); or, New Economies of Exchange


Program dates: May 27-June 14, 2013

Application deadline: January 15, 2013

Application Information can be found here.


Banff Research in Culture (BRiC) is a research residency program designed for scholars engaged in advanced theoretical research on themes and topics in culture. BRiC is designed to offer researchers with similar interests from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds an opportunity to exchange opinions and ideas. Participants are encouraged to develop new research, artistic, editorial, and authorial projects, both individually and in connection with others.

During the residency, participants will attend lectures, seminars, and workshops offered by visiting faculty from around the world. The residency will help to develop new approaches toward the study and analysis of culture, as well as creating lasting networks of scholars who might use this opportunity as the basis for future collaborative work.

The Banff Centre is a world-renowned facility supporting the creation and performance of new works of visual art, music, dance, theatre, and writing. The 2013 edition of BRiC is organized in conjunction with the Liverpool Biennial.

BRiC is funded by The Banff Centre, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta and the Office of the Vice-President (Research), University of Alberta. In 2013, BRiC is being organized by Imre Szeman, Sally Tallant, Maria Whiteman, and Visual Arts at The Banff Centre. 


Dock(ing); or, New Economies of Exchange

Faculty: Joseph GrimaSuzanne LacyMichael Speaks

A dock is the place where the land meets the ocean, where goods arrive from abroad, and where foreigners step onto the surface of the country they are visiting. It is a liminal space of encounters and exchanges, both legal and illegal — a space of furious new activity that can upset the given order, just as often as it confirms it through the smooth operations of legal power and border control. The physical space of the sea wharf is only one of the ways in which ‘dock’ names a necessary yet potentially dangerous threshold. A dock is also the space in a courtroom where prisoners are placed on trial, exposed to the full power of the law. And when used as a verb, ‘dock’ names such varied practices as the punishment of workers by withholding payment for their labour, the removal of an animal’s tail to bend its body into shape in line with human demands and desires, and the connection of different bits of computer hardware to allow for the exchange of information. 

Banff Research in Culture 2013 is organized in partnership with the Liverpool Biennial. For the city of Liverpool, which has undergone a significant period of de-industrialization and de-population, the docks that line its waterfront constitute a reminder of a more prosperous moment in its development. They are also a site of potential urban re-development and re-imagining, with all the promise and hazards that such gentrification and rebuilding bring with them. BRiC 2013 seeks to bring together critical thinkers intent on exploring the politics played out on physical and metaphoric docks, as well as practices of docking in art, culture, design, critical theory, cultural studies, and urban development. The liminal spaces to which docks point include legal, national, physical and conceptual borders of all kinds — spaces and places where power is exerted over identities and collectivities, and so, too, sites where power is actively challenged with the aim of enabling new possibilities for a new century.

The collective interrogation of docks and docking that will take place during BRiC 2013 constitutes a starting point for understanding some of the major social, political and cultural challenges we face at the outset of this new century. Far from being an end in itself, a multifaceted, multidisciplinary investigation of docks promises to open new vantage points on long-standing problems. In the case of the City of Liverpool, for instance, this includes the very real trials involved in re-constituting genuine civic life in the wake of de-industrialization, the role played by art in this process, and the difficulties of creating new urban possibilities and opportunities that do not follow the problematic script of capitalist gentrification.

We look forward to receiving compelling and original project proposals from thinkers and creators working on a wide range of projects.



Applications to BRiC 2013 are processed through The Banff Centre.

For information on Application Requirements or to Apply to the program, please visit:

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete. 



For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:


Phone: 403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989

Fax: 403.762.6345




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