Monthly Archives: December 2016

Conference | FROM CODEX TO CODE | Ligatus Research Centre

Ten years of research by graduates of the

Ligatus Research Centre

We invite you to celebrate with us the 10th Anniversary of the Ligatus Research Centre at the CCW Graduate School with a conference at which our first seven PhD and M.Phil graduates will present papers about their current research interests.

The conference will take place on Friday, 24th February, from 10am to 6pm, in Banqueting Hall of the Chelsea College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London, John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU and it will be followed by a reception.

Tickets for the conference will be available from January 2017


Georgios Boudalis
(Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki)
The birth of the codex and the crafts of Late Antiquity

Alberto Campagnolo
(Library of Congress, Washington)
The digital representation of books as objects: from cultural objects to digital cultural objects

Anna Gialdini
(University of the Arts London)
Luxury, Hybridism, and the Strange Greekness of Some Florentine Bindings

Theresa Zammit Lupi
(The Notarial Archives, Valletta, Malta)
On the parchment trail: following music manuscripts from Malta

Heather Ravenberg
(Saint Catherine Foundation)
Documentation schemas for recording conservation activity

Martha Romero
(Universidad Nacional Aut noma de M xico)
From research to practice

Nikolas Sarris
(National Library of Greece, Athens, Thesaurus-Islamicus project, Cairo)
The Ligatus Condition Assessment Form: a tool for training, studio workflows and surveys: Experiences from Iraq, Ethiopia and Egypt


For more information about Ligatus please visit

Call for Proposals/ Papers | Spectacular Evidence: Theatres of the Observed Mind

Spectacular Evidence: Theatres of the Observed Mind

Call for Proposals/ Papers


A one-day symposium, Spectacular Evidence will include presentations, performances, screenings and talks from the fields of visual art, medicine and critical theory.

Drawing upon histories of madness and its exhibition, and considering how it has been staged as cultural performance, this event will consider behaviours and 'performances' exchanged between viewer and physician in relation to patient.

Confirmed contributors to the event include:

  • Zoe Beloff, artist. Her exhibition The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society celebrated the centennial of Freud’s visit to Coney Island, by resurrecting the forgotten world of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society, along with the visionary ideas of its founder Albert Grass.
  • Dr Anna Harpin, author of 'Performance, Madness and Psychiatry: Isolated Acts' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
  • Dr Joanne Morra, Reader in Art History and Theory, CSM. Founder and principal editor, Journal of Visual Culture. Joanne Morra's recent book,' Inside the Freud Museum' is pending publication with IB Tauris.
  • Florence Peake, artist, dancer and performer, whose recent piece, Swell: The Thickening Surface Of, explored the gap between inner and outer as a tension between inanimate, figurative carapaces, and imagined interior lives being voiced
  • Dr Michelle Williams Gamaker, artist, filmmaker and collaborator with Mieke Bal on the feature film A Long History of Madness (2011)

The symposium will take place at ArtsAdmin, Toynbee Studios, London, on 24 March 2017.

Spectacular Evidence: Theatres of the Observed Mind is convened by Dr Zo Mendelson and presented by Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme in association with ArtsAdmin.


Contributions are welcome from across disciplines with a connection to the subject area covered by the symposium.

We welcome proposals for traditional presentations by speakers and performative contributions / variations on the lecture form.

Your proposal/presentation should be no more than 20 minutes in duration

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on January 10th 2017

For more information, please contact Zo Mendelson at [email protected]




CRMEP Lecture Series | Catherine Malabou | Spinoza and Symbolic Necessity

1st Dec. 2016

Catherine Malabou, Spinoza and Symbolic Necessity

In Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, Gilles Deleuze contrasts philosophy and revelation. Expressionism is the privileged modality of immanence and intelligibility, opposed to 'knowledge by signs' that characterizes the domain of revelation and is supposedly meant to foster faith in ignorant people. The ontological dimension of revelation ' its necessity ' is dismissed by Deleuze's reading. Emmanuel L vinas, following an apparently inverted logic, reproaches Spinoza for having subjected revelation to an overly rigid ontological necessity, thus missing its 'signifying' value.

Do we find too many or too few signs in Spinoza? By focusing on Spinoza's method of interpretation, I challenge these approaches, showing how the issue of the symbolic inscribes itself in Spinoza's project, and offering my own account of the symbolic.

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