[NetBehaviour] Fwd: CFP MEND*RS Research Symposium, Lake District, 29 Jun - 2 July 2012

helen Pritchard hvpritchard at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 19:21:07 CEST 2012

Hi all,
Please find below a call for MEND*RS Research Symposium, Lake
District, 29 Jun - 2 July 2012 - Thanks Helen

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From: jonnet m <jonnetm at hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM
Subject: CFP MEND*RS Research Symposium, Lake District, 29 Jun - 2 July 2012
To: helen pritchard <hvpritchard at gmail.com>





MERZ MEND*RS is a Mending Research Symposium at the Merzbarn in the Lake
District, the first ever large-scale gathering dedicated to mending in the
UK. See mendrs.net This informal, hands-on event will bring together mending
practitioners, theorists, entrepreneurs and activists in the inspirational
and germane setting of Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbarn. Its objective is to map
the state of the art, devise a critical agenda for mending research and to
disseminate mending practices and enterprises. MEND*RS is an activist
project to promote practices and discourses of mending within and beyond the
academic establishment. Its aim is to maximise the social impact of mending
research and to reinvigorate mending cultures in everyday life. Join us for
an idyllic rural retreat at the height of summer in one of the Lake
District’s most beautiful valleys. www.merzbarn.net


Submission guidelines

MEND*RS is a post-disciplinary event which invites participation from
diverse disciplines and backgrounds and in multiple formats including:

20 minute academic paper / presentation / show and tell
Proposals for workshops / discussion groups
Art-based interventions / collaborations / artifacts / performative and
audiovisual work
A2 posters / manifestos etc

If you would like to participate in any of these formats, please submit the
following on max 1 side of A4.

Your proposed contribution (max 250 words)
A statement of why mending matters to you and/or a response to
our manifesto (max 250 words)
A potted bio or link to website

For more details or guidance we are happy to discuss submission themes and
formats. We welcome submissions in formats which are subtly and radically
different to those suggested and encourage participants to embrace the mood
of mending culture in which adaptability and improvisation are key. The
symposium itself is organised around these principals.


Important Dates

April 27: submissions due
May 8: participants notified
May 21: final programme announced
June 29 – July 2: MEND*RS 1st Mending Research Symposium, Lake District, UK

For full details see mendrs.net
Please send general inquiries to info at mendrs.net
Please send submissions to mendrs.symposium at gmail.com



Economies of mending / the currency of mending, the shift from consumers to
makers to menders, high street menders, new economies of mending,
amateur/professional/prosumer menders, skills economy, scavenger economy,
post-/de-growth economy, mending as disruptive innovation

Technology and mending / technologies of repair, self-repairing
technologies, hacking obsolescence, reverse engineering digital
obsolescence, standardisation, anti-blackboxing, digital menders,
technofixing, patches, open source mending, upgrading mending, online
communities of menders, mending toolkits

The visibility of mending / the time of mending, invisible/visible mending,
durational aesthetics, desirability and durability, mending as marking time,
presencing time, delaying decay, hiding and revealing problems, showing
skills, narratives of wear, wabi sabi, narratives of menders, mobilising
communities of menders, mending activism

Theories of mending / neo-vitalism, new materialism, mending as
gift/re-enchantment/bringing back to life/transformation, ethics of care,
keeping things alive, bringing things back to life, mending as
memory/nostalgia/utopia/transition strategy, emotional mending and
attachment, mending for socializing, the language of mending, what does
mending do to the thing mended?

The mendability of matter / mending affordances, making mendable, planned
anti-obsolescence (planned mendability?), improving, permanence/novelty,
possibility, the meaning of working/broken/no good/unmendable/not worth
mending, the limits of mending, mending as metaphor, the hole or tear is a
sign of unnecessary pressure, what do we mend (first)?,

Practices of mending / upcycling/re-use/remake/repair/upgrade/DIY/bodge,
mending vernaculars, mending as gendered practices, mending competencies,
performing mending, enabling/skilling solutions, ethnographies of mending,
mending craftsmanship, non-divestment, anti-consumerism, self-limitation
wardrobes, identity construction through non-consumption, sites of mending,
transmission of mending skills


The Mending Research Symposium (MEND*RS) was formed in July 2011 by
Jonnet Middleton (Highwire, Lancaster University), Giuseppe Salvia
(Politecnico di Milano) and Rebecca Collins (University College, London).

This project is supported by the Lancaster University FASS Enterprise


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