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On collaboration within practice research

Wednesday 10 November 2021, 3 - 5pm

A conversation on the nuances of collaboration in practice research with Fred Moten and Stefano Harney.

Advanced reading recommended: Moten and Harney’s collaborative texts All Incomplete (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2021) and The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013) can be viewed through open access here:

The Practice Research Assembly is excited to offer a conversation space, with long-time collaborators Professor Fred Moten and Professor Stefano Harney, for a discussion of their collaborative texts and practices and how these might offer perspective on practice research.

Participants are encouraged to attend this session having engaged with Moten and Harney’s collaborative texts and are invited to share questions and perspectives on collaboration within practice research, these can be contributed both when registering for the event as well as on the day. These contributions will form the basis of the event and lead the discussion.

This session is intended for anyone interested in practice research across the disciplines supported by SGSAH, which include architecture, art, design, film, music, performing arts and writing as well as those who work through interdisciplinarity. Whether intending to apply for PhD study, a current PhD student, or an independent researcher, we invite everyone to join us for what will be an exciting event.  

Click here to watch the conversation

About the Presenters

Keynote Speakers:

Fred Moten is Professor in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Moten teaches courses and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, poetics and critical theory. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016), a three-volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018) and All that Beauty (Letter Machine Editions, 2019).

Stefano Harney is Professor of Transversal Aesthetics at The Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM). Harney is a teacher and writer who works collaboratively and collectively in the classroom, in research, and in social practice. He is a black studies scholar who has taught in the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, art criticism, American Studies, and business & management. Stefano has held appointments at Pace University and at CUNY in the US, at the University of Leicester and Queen Mary University of London in the UK, at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, at Ton Duc Thang University in Vietnam, and at Singapore Management University in Singapore. During 2020-2021, he was Hayden Fellow and Visiting Critic at the School of Art at Yale University and Honorary Professor at the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. 

Together Moten and Harney have co-authored The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013), A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016), and All Incomplete (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2020).

Lead: Professor Maria Fusco

Maria Fusco is Professor of Interdisciplinary Writing at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and is lead academic for Practice Research Assembly. Her own practice research spans the registers of critical, fiction, performance and theoretical writing.   

Research Assistant: Katie Hart Potapoff

Katie Hart Potapoff is based at DJCAD, University of Dundee, researching her practice-led PhD, titled With an Attentiveness Towards Intimacy and Texture: Exploring a Sense of Land and Place Through Creative Practices. At the centre of her practice research is an exploration of the space in-between.


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