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Student Showcase Archive

Living Research: NAFAE Research Student Conference 2019

15 March 2019 | 9.30am – 6pm


The Urgency of the Arts

What does arts and humanities research have to offer in our current socio-political climate? This NAFAE (National Association for Fine Art Education) research student conference takes as its focus the way arts research methods and practices might be put to use in our contemporary moment. We ask, what ‘work’ can a PhD do? By this we do not mean how might our research be instrumentalised or applied, but rather how might it lead our interactions with, and understanding of, the world.

Hosted by the Royal College of Art, and with contributions from research students from universities across the UK and the world, the LIVING RESEARCH conference will run six strands of thinking around creative propositions engendered by a single word. The categories; Collaboration, Documents, Entanglement, Environment, Me and Reenactment, are currently in use within the RCA's School of Arts & Humanities, bringing together researchers across disciplines, developing creative methods to explore terms that demand urgent enquiry. It is hoped they will allow for a wide range of responses, in both content and form.

Followed by the private view ofThere's something lurking in the shadows that might be interesting, the RCA School of Arts & Humanities MPhil/PhD Research Exhibition.

Private view: 6–9pm
Dyson Gallery

Please note all attendees (including speakers) need to register for the conference here

Please note that all attendees must be NAFAE members.

There is no conference fee but delegate's institutions should be a member of NAFAE or they should take out an individual annual student membership subscription.

To join NAFAE visit their website  at

Book your delegate place here.

For any questions about the conference, please visit or email [email protected]