Borderlands: The Historical and Cultural Significance of the Anglo-Scottish Border
13 December 2013
Gallery North, Northumbria University, Friday December 13th 2013.
Convened by Dr Ysanne Holt (Northumbria University) and Dr Angela McClanahan (Edinburgh College of Art)
This event, the first in the ESRC Seminar Series – ‘Close Friends?’ Assessing the impact of greater Scottish autonomy on the North of England – brings to the fore concerns shared with the AHRC Research Network, ‘Northern Peripheries’
To locate the contemporary relationship between Scotland and the North of England within a wider historical and cultural context, the seminar will consider how the North?s sense of itself as a region has been conditioned by its position in the hinterland of the Scottish Border. Representations and interpretations of ‘place’ are important. Discussions will also engage with recent cultural debates and creative practices concerned with the experience of Northern peripheries and border regions, spaces typically conceived as remote and marginal, but which can be alternatively seen as hybrid and generative spaces where dynamic and diverse networks develop.
Programme for the Day
10.30am – 10.50am Introduction: Professor Keith Shaw, Dr Ysanne Holt and Dr Angela McClanahan, ‘Borders and Borderlands’
11.00am – 11.40am Dr David Welsh (Historian) ‘The Anglo-Scottish Border Line’
11.50am – 12.30pm Professor Neil Mulholland (Edinburgh College of Art), ‘Unbundling the Border: Neomedieval North’
12.45pm – 1.15pm LUNCH
1.20pm – 2.00pm Dr Venda Pollock, Dr Karen Scott and Dr Frances Rowe (Newcastle University), ‘Northumbrian Exchanges: Art and the Rural’
2.00pm – 2.35pm Matt Baker, Artist and Curator of the Environmental Art Festival Scotland held in the Borders in September 2013, with filmmaker John Wallace, creator of the Cinema Sark, multi-screen video installation
3.00pm – 3.30pm TEA BREAK
3.45pm – 4.45pm Clare Money, (Northumbria University, Fine Art PhD), ‘Retrace: Deep mapping Riccarton’ and Professor Chris Dorsett (Northumbria University), ‘Gallery South’
thN Lng folk 2go: Investigating Future Premoderns™
by The Confraternity of Neoflagellants
with a Preface by Simon O’Sullivan
Brooklyn, NY: punctum books, 2013. 242 pages, illus. ISBN-13: 978-0615890258. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $17.00 [€15.00/£12.00] in print: paperbound/5 X 8 in.
“There will be many things about this guide that you will not like. It might drive a bit too fast for comfort, especially because it has no seatbelts—the Journeyman’s Guide is open top and the roads to its anchorholds swerve all over the place. But you need to drive very fast to see things as things.” (Reviews, Proto-Bitch, Portland, OR)
Book launch tonight Halloween:
In the jousting field of Parc Mont Royale, near Chemin Olmsted, Montréal, QC H2W 1S8, Canada, at 19:00 EST Sergeant at Arms (Norman Hogg) will download a PDF of the book from punctumbooks.com/titles/thn-lng-folk (CAN$ 0) onto his Android cellphone and drink a toast from Horton’s cup.
At Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland:
Keeper of the Wardrobe (Neil Mulholland) will launch the print copy of the book (€15) at 23:00 CET The first advanced print copy will be flagellated then burned, its ashes interned in the bin outside Cabaret Voltaire’s gift shop.
thN Lng folk 2go
by The Confraternity of Neoflagellants
with a Preface by Simon O’Sullivan
Iz thri riwles:
Die earste riwle speketh ov journie — iz al outward, ant riwles de body. Schulen ov swucche thinges az flk bear thmselvs outward; eat, drunch ant werke.
Dis riwle speketh ov anchorit. Schulen ov ascetic.
Die thridde riwle speketh ov host. Schulen ov embody ant transfigure.
Neomedievalisms are cultural practices that breathe a bouquet of premoderns as permanent rehearsals of coming events. Where medievalists may be prone to police the post-medieval weald for ‘inauthentic’ medievalisms, neomedievalists embrace the articulation and mobilisation of metahistorical ‘anachronisms’. To the medievalist, medievalisms provide powerful indexes that reveal how post-medieval societies have variously imagined ‘little middle ages’ to suit modern agendas. To the neomedievalist, medievalisms are theory-fictions that facilitate ludic speculation on non-modern futurities.
While neomedievalist theories have emerged in a variety of fields since the early 1970s — notably in cultural studies of medievalisms, international relations and literary theory — there are few applications that synthesise and put the methodologies of these diverse fields into practice. thN Lng folk 2go applies this extant scholarship as an extradisciplinary practice, dramatising the neomedieval turn in (quasi)objects, persons, work, education, travel, food, ethnicity, media, art, hypereconomics and technology. This speculative journey is ghost authored by a trinity of neomedievalist narrators — Journeyman, Anchorite and Host — each relic-ing their own curious neomedieval futurities.
Drawing its heterogeneous approaches from studies in medievalisms, international relations, literary theory, actor-network theory, anthropology, hypereconomics, art history, aesthetics, ecology, cultural theory, cultural geography, ambience, speculative realism and future studies — thN Lng folk 2go is both an investigation of and a benefaction to a murmuration of neomedievalisms.
thN lng flk 2go iz an boke in fif bokes:
I. L’Amérique Souterraine
Dis earste dale speketh iter pro peregrinis ad metro. Dis boc iz todealet in fif leasse bokes ov journie-men Gambini’s 2 doze hu Lng 2 g0. Iz earste riwle ant ov swucche thinges az duble homo-feaste, drunch ant werke, ant iz ov othre (dug-heids) ant quazi-thinges.
II. Imperium et Sacerdotium
Dis other dale speketh ov nuncii ant procuratores, ov assemblies ant crusades.
III. The Journeyman’s Guide to Anchoritism
Dis thridde dale iz’ov translatione corporis. Dis dale iz ov customz, liturgica, blak noiz, ant self-discipline ov d post-homo man-thinge. Dis boc iz todealet in thri leasse bokes ov ancre’s wittes.
IV. xyzzy: Contemporary Art Before and After Britain
Dis feorthe dale iz’ov beatific ant ov swucche thinges az doth come from the eye’s arrows. Ad te levavi.
V. When Transfiguration Became Commonplace
Dis fifte dale speketh ov host. Dis dale is al of the thridde riwle, wen translatione bcAM hyper-economicus.
*Dis boke is supported by the Carnegie
Trust for the Universities of Scotland
The Confraternity of Neoflagellants are lay peoples dedicated to the ascetic investigation, application, dissemination and treatment of neomedievalisms. The Confraternity of Neoflagellants was founded in 2009 by Serjeant-At-Law Norman Hogg (Université Montréal, Québec) and joined by Keeper of the Wardrobe Neil Mulholland (Université Édimbourg, Écosse). It is a secular and equal opportunities confraternity bound by chirograph.
Follow the Confraternity on Twitter: @neoflagellants
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Any enquiries are welcome to email@example.com. Organisers: Claire Pascolini-Campbell, with Chris Jones (School of English) and Bettina Bildhauer (School of Modern Languages), University of St Andrews.
Neomedievalism is not a singular theory but, rather, a series of provocative analogies for conceptualising post-Soviet geopolitics, globalisation, creative economics and aesthetics. This lecture will consider how we might apply three theories of neomedievalism to the study of contemporary art.
Neil is an art historian, curator and artist. His historical research focuses on art practice and theory in the British Isles since the 1970s while his practice incorporates art writing, developing workshop models of artistic learning in participatory settings, and the field of neomedievalism. Recent publications include thN Lng folk 2go (Punctum, forthcoming 2013), co-authored with Norman Hogg, and ‘Bang the Whole Gang’ in Glam: The Performance of Style (TATE, 2013).