Dr Paul Rekret, Associate Professor of International Politics at Richmond, the American International University in London, hosted a highly successful screening and discussion on childhood and innocence, entitled Time Let Me Play on Thursday 24 May at UnionDocs in Brooklyn, New York.

The programme explored popular culture’s negotiations with childhood, innocence, and coming of age in an era of social and economic crisis. Introduced through a multi-media presentation by Paul Rekret, it was followed by a wider discussion with additional leading academics, Dhanveer Singh Brar and Sukhdev Sandhu.

Paul Rekret, who teaches political theory at the University, is the author of Down With Childhood: Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence as well as the book Philosophy, Politics, Polemics: Derrida and Foucault. His work has appeared in Frieze, the New Inquiry and the Quietus, among others.

The event is related to the research interests of two of the University’s research centres – the Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC) and the Research Centre for the Study of the State, Power and Globalisation(SPG).

Paul Rekret also spoke at a festival of experimental music in Brooklyn on Sunday 27 May.

Organised by ISSUE, Regenerative Feedback: On Listening and its Emancipatory Potential, was a three day symposium of talks, presentations, discussions, and performances on experimental music.