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

helen Pritchard hvpritchard at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 19:37:26 CEST 2012

Hi all,

Please find below a call for MEND*RS Research Symposium, Lake

District, 29 Jun - 2 July 2012, you may be interested in - Thanks Helen






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:

   1. 20 minute academic paper / presentation / show and tell
   2. Proposals for workshops / discussion groups
   3. Art-based interventions / collaborations / artifacts / performative
   and audiovisual work
   4. 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 <http://highwire-dtc.com/mendrs/?page_id=6> (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* <http://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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