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Where Theory Belongs: Andrew Copson

11 Feb 2015

Where Theory Belongs is a series of ten lectures programmed and chaired by Dr. Stephen Wilson as part of CCW’s General Theory Forum, which places the excitement of theory back into the hands of the speaker and the audience. In an increasingly resistant culture of auto‐regulated art-speak, art theory is in a constant need for reflective governance. This series will offer a platform that brings together: art theorists, anthropologists, sociologists, humanists, queer theorists, artists and political economists… theory will be addressed by those voices that write and speak it thereby suggesting Where Theory Belongs.

In this session, Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association is in conversation with Deborah Jaffé and Professor Malcolm Quinn.

Andrew Copson, FRSA, MCMI, MCIPR is Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, a position he has held since January 2010. He is a former director of the European Humanist Federation (EHF) and is currently First Vice President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). His writing on humanist and secularist issues has appeared in The GuardianThe IndependentThe Times and New Statesman as well as in various journals and he has represented the BHA and Humanism extensively on television news on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, as well as on television programmes such as Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Sunday Morning Live and The Big Questions. He has also appeared on radio on programmes from TodayYou and YoursSundayThe World TonightThe World at One, The Last Word and Beyond Belief on the BBC, to local and national commercial radio stations.

Deborah Jaffé is an author, cultural and design historian, and painter. She has special interests in the history of industrial design, technology and innovation; childhood, play and toys; memory studies and souvenirs. Her published books include Ingenious Women, The History of Toys and Victoria - a celebration. She also writes company histories, undertakes specialist research projects and is the editor of Links for Newcomen, the International Society for the History of Engineering and Technology.

Malcolm Quinn is Professor of Cultural and Political History, Associate Dean of Research and Director of Graduate School for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School, University of the Arts London. He has written extensively on art and design research, using a psychoanalytic approach to the analysis of art and design language and pedagogy. He is a contributor to The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts (2010), and is a member of the AHRC peer review college. Since the publication of his first book The Swastika: Constructing the Symbol (Routledge, 1994) he has been interested in how ‘government aesthetics’ interface with individual identity and subjectivity.

In partnership with Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School, University of the Arts London

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