Our next biennial conference will be held 16–18 September 2022* at the University of Chester on the theme of Transmutations and Transgressions, featuring keynote speakers Elaine Scarry and Monique Moultrie.

*The conference will begin promptly at 9AM on the 16th; we therefore recommend arrival for the evening of the 15th, and will have optional social events available that evening.

Transmutation: the conversion of one element or substance into another; the transformation of material into idea or idea into material; praxis into theory or theory into praxis. The process by which the invisible is rendered visible. What structures of knowledge are changed or challenged by such transmutations? How do material, embodied, located knowledges challenge, destabilise or transgress epistemic hierarchies? 

Transgression: the action of passing over, or beyond; specifically, passing beyond boundaries set by, e.g., law, custom, or commandment. But whose law? The customs of which place? What power of command? 

By holding together both transmutation and transgression, pointing specifically towards the transgressive potentials implicit in the act of transmutation, we are particularly inviting sessions and papers which reflect upon the relationship between materiality, change, disruption, and power.

The call for papers is closed and the conference schedule will be published shortly.

A limited number of bursaries are available for students and unwaged academics; the deadline for applications is 1 June 2022.

Bursary Application

Information on the conference location, including transit, accommodation, and food options, can be found in the map below: