Document Practices



Event Date: 5 May 2017
Common Room
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
University Road
University of Leeds

             The Artists’ Writings & Publications Research Centre (AWP) at the University of Leeds presents:

Document Practices

A symposium convened by the Artists’ Writings & Publications Research Centre, University of Leeds. Guest speakers (in order of appearance): Prof John Beck (Westminster), Dr Nicholas Thoburn (Manchester), Prof Gary Hall (Coventry).
Event Synopsis:
What are the ideas and histories that connect certain modes and politics of documentary practices from across the arts with certain forms of document production and circulation in radical fields of publishing? And what technical, social and cultural question are raised when the arts engage with such issues? An afternoon of talks chaired by Nick Thurston on behalf of the AWP, University of Leeds.

John Beck is a writer and scholar who works on twentieth-century British and American literature, art, photography and philosophy. He is Professor of English at the University of Westminster, where he is also Director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture. He is the author of Dirty Wars (University of Nebraska, 2009) and Writing the Radical Centre (SUNY, 2001). He is also co-author or co-editor of several books, including, most recently, Cold War Legacies: Systems, Theories and Aesthetics (Edinburgh, 2016).
His talk is entitled ‘Moby Dick as a Writing Technology‘.


Nicholas Thoburn is a writer and theorist who works on a spectrum of issues relating to the politics of form and networks, rooted in social and political theory. He is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester and a collaborator on numerous grass-roots initiatives outside the university. He is the author of Deleuze, Marx and Politics (Routledge, 2003), which has been translated into Korean, Turkish and Spanish, and Anti-Book (Minnesota, 2016).
His talk is entitled ‘Tweet, Book, Riot: A Communist Document Against Race‘.


Gary Hall is a theorist, writer and experimental publisher whose work explores the crossovers between media, philosophy, art and politics. He is Professor of Media and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University. He is author of Pirate Philosophy (MIT Press, 2016), The Uberfication of the University (Minnesota UP, 2016), Digitize This Book! (Minnesota UP, 2008), and Culture in Bits (Continuum, 2002). He is also co-author and co-editor of several other volumes as well as a co-founder of the Open Humanities Press.
His talk is entitled ‘Datum Points‘.

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