Book Launch – Paul Rekret – ‘Down With Childhood’

REKRET LAUNCH_2The Research Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC) is delighted to announce that Dr. Paul Rekret, Associate Professor of Politics, will be launching his new book, ‘Down with Childhood: Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence’ (Repeater Books) on Monday 2 October, 6pm, Asa Briggs Hall, Kensington Campus. All are welcome.

Dr Nicola Mann

Publication & Launch of Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts edited by Charlotte Bonham-Carter and Nicola Mann

nicola mann book CoverThe book reveals how the ‘social value of art’ may have one meaning for a policy maker, another for a museum and still yet another for an artist – and it is therefore in the interaction between these agents that we learn the most about the importance of rhetoric and interpretation. As a trajectory in art history, socially engaged art has a long and established history. However, in recent years—or since ‘the social turn’ that occurred in the 1990s—the rhetoric surrounding the social value of art has been assimilated by cultural policy makers and museums.  Interdisciplinary in its approach, and bringing together contributions from artists, curators and academics, the volume explores rhetoric, social value and the arts within different social, political and cultural contexts.

The book launch is on Friday 22 September at 5pm in the Asa Briggs Social Space, Kensington Campus.


Professor Alex Seago

Publication & Launch of Pop Art & Design edited by Anne Massey & Alex Seago

This book offers the first in-depth analysis of the relationship between art and design, which led to the creation of ‘pop’. Challenging accepted boundaries and definitions seeking out various commonalities and points of connection between these two exciting areas. Confronting the all-pervasive `high art / low culture’ divide, Pop Art and Design brings a fresh understanding of visual culture during the vibrant 1950s and 60s. This was an era when commercial art became graphic design, illustration was superseded by photography and high fashion became street fashion, all against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving economic and political landscape, a glamorous youth scene and an effervescent popular culture. The book’s central argument is that pop art relied on and drew inspiration from pop design, and vice versa. Pop Art and Design provides a case study in the broader inter-relationship between art and design, and constitutes the first interdisciplinary publication on the subject. The book launch is on November 30th at 7pm in Asa Briggs Hall.

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CSPI Brexit/General Election event on evening of 25 May

Chaired by David Gallagher FPRCA, Chairman of the PRCA Fellows and President, Growth and Development, International at Omnicom Public Relations Group.

The panel will debate the strategies that the PR and communications industry should recommend to government, business and civil society as we head towards a General Election and also as we prepare to leave the EU. It will also consider what the most important audiences and priorities are.

Panelists include:

  • Iain Anderson FPRCA, Executive Chairman, Cicero Group
  • Colin Byrne FPRCA, Chief Executive Officer, UK & EMEA, Weber Shandwick
  • Gill Morris MPRCA, Chief Executive and owner, GMC Ltd
  • Lionel Zetter FPRCA, Director, TEAS, and PRCA Public Affairs Group Chairman


Address: University of Richmond (Kensington Campus), London, W8 5EH

For more details, please click here.


The Wellbeing Research Centre’s round-table discussion on the environment takes place on June 16th 2017

The Wellbeing Research Centre, based at the Richmond Business School, is hosting a roundtable discussion on a number of themes linked to some of the core environmental challenges of our time. This discussion is timely given that October 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.

The round-table is structured around 6 exciting presentations, including the keynote address by Dr. Paul Fisher who will discuss the relationship between climate change and risks to the financial sector. Details of the other speakers and their topics may be found on the Wellbeing Research Centre’s site located at

The event is taking place in Room 106, Briggs Hall, Ansdell Street, on the Kensington campus of the University and starts with Dr. Fisher’s talk at 10am and ends at around 2pm.

Colleagues and students at the University are welcome to attend. 

Further details from any one of the following members of the WRC: Nicola Mann, David Munyinyi, Nastaran Norouzi, Sabine Spangenberg, or Parviz Dabir-Alai


London is Open: Cultural Diplomacy post Brexit

open london conferenceRichmond will be hosting a conference in the Young Street Lecture Hall examining Cultural Diplomacy post-Brexit, on Monday 27 March 2017. This event is supported by the IVAC and SPG research centres as well with the generous assistance of the Gul Tokay and Birgan Iseri funds.

London is Open: Cultural Diplomacy post-Brexit will be a fast-paced, provocative and challenging afternoon of talks and debate, which brings together those working at the coal face of cultural diplomacy and art practice in increasingly uncertain times in London to discuss and respond to the following key questions:

In what ways can art promote the idea of London as an open and cosmopolitan mega-city and propose solutions for community cohesion?

What role does Cultural Diplomacy play in addressing these issues, fostering dialogue and international cooperation?

It will include participants from Art on the Underground, Battersea Arts Centre, the British Council, the Embassy of Sweden, Goldsmiths University, the Greater London Authority, SOAS & the University of Westminster.