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Where Theory Belongs: Catharine Rossi

4 Mar 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, Dr. Catharine Rossi will be in conversation with Prof. Carol Tulloch.

Dr. Catharine Rossi is a design historian interested in researching, writing, talking and teaching about design practice both past and present with a wide set of audiences. In 2011 she completed an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award entitled Modern Craft: History, Theory and Practice in the RCA/V&A History of Design Department, which re-examined the history of post-war Italian design through the concept of craft. She will be publishing a book on this research with Manchester University Press in February 2015, entitled Crafting Design in Italy: From Post-War to Postmodernism. This follows on from 2013’s The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968-1976, co-edited with Alex Coles for Sternberg Press.

Rossi joined Kingston University in 2013. Previously she has worked as a context lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art and as a lecturer in historical and critical studies at the University of Brighton. She is currently also a visiting lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art on the MA Contemporary Design programme.

Her research interests also include museums and curation. In 2014 she was invited to curate an installation at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which examined the role of disco in Italian Radical design, and she has worked on exhibitions at the V&A Museum in London, most including Postmodernism: Style & Subversion 1970 - 1990, for which she also contributed a catalogue essay. In addition to writing for academic journals such as the Journal of Design History, Design and Culture and The Journal of Modern Craft, Rossi also contributes reviews and articles to publications including Crafts, Disegno and Domus.

Prof. Carol Tulloch is a writer and curator with a research specialism in dress and black identities. She is a member of the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation Research Centre (TrAIN) and is the TrAIN/V&A Fellow in the Research Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Tulloch was the Principal Investigator of the Dress and the African Diaspora Network, an international endeavour to develop critical thinking on this subject. Tulloch’s knowledge of this area of study has led to appearances on television and radio in programmes such as Tales from the Front Room, BBC4 (2007) and Good Golly, Bad Golly, BBC Radio 4 (2010).

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