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

ruth catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Thu Apr 19 10:15:20 CEST 2012


Looks like a great thing!

On 17/04/2012 18:37, helen Pritchard wrote:
> Hi all,
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> Please find below a call for MEND*RS Research Symposium, Lake
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> District, 29 Jun - 2 July 2012, you may be interested in - Thanks Helen
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> *Manifesto*
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> MAKE MENDING VISIBLE
> MAKE MENDING VALUABLE
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> MAKE MENDING SOCIABLE
> MAKE MENDING VITAL
> MAKE MENDERS VISIBLE
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> MAKE MENDERS VALUABLE
> MAKE THINGS MENDABLE
> ***
> 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 <http://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 <http://www.merzbarn.net/>*
> ***
> *Submission guidelines*
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> MEND*RS is a post-disciplinary event which invites participation from 
> diverse disciplines and backgrounds and in multiple formats including:
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>  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
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> If you would like to participate in any of these formats, please 
> submit the following on max 1 side of A4.
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>   * 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
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> 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.
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> *Important Dates*
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>   * 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
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> For full details see *mendrs.net* <http://mendrs.net/>
> Please send general inquiries to *info at mendrs.net 
> <mailto:info at mendrs.net>*
> Please send submissions to *mendrs.symposium at gmail.com 
> <mailto:mendrs.symposium at gmail.com>*
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> *Themes*
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> *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
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> *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
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> *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
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> *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?
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> *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)?,
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> *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
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> The Mending Research Symposium (MEND*RS) was formed in July 2011 by 
> JonnetMiddleton (Highwire, Lancaster University), Giuseppe Salvia 
> (Politecnico diMilano) and Rebecca Collins (University College, London).
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> This project is supported by the Lancaster University FASS Enterprise 
> Centre.
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