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Where Theory Belongs: Sharon Kinsella

13 May 2015

Where Theory Belongs is a series of ten lectures programmed and chaired by Dr. Stephen Wilson as part of CCW’s General Theory Forum, which places the excitement of theory back into the hands of the speaker and the audience. In an increasingly resistant culture of auto‐regulated art-speak, art theory is in a constant need for reflective governance.

This series will offer a platform that brings together art theorists, anthropologists, sociologists, humanists, queer theorists, artists and political economists… theory will be addressed by those voices that write and speak it, thereby suggesting Where Theory Belongs.

In this session Dr. Sharon Kinsella, Lecturer at the University of Manchester, will be in conversation with Dr. Stephen Wilson, Postgraduate Theory Coordinator at Chelsea College on topics related to Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in Japan

Dr. Sharon Kinsella is currently a lecturer in Japanese visual culture at the University of Manchester. She received her PhD from Oxford University in 1996 and has previously worked at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, MIT and Yale. In the past decades she has been involved in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research that looks at emergent social trends linking youth, media, subculture, corporate culture and new modes of governance, based on Japanese case studies with global application.

Areas of special application include cuteness, schoolgirl and gyaru culture, Japanese transracialism, otaku subculture, the manga industry, men’s comics and weekly magazines, and male cultural imagination and journalism. Her recent book, Schoolgirls, Money and Rebellion in Japan, was published by Routledge in 2014. 

Dr. Stephen Wilson is a writer, practitioner and theorist who programmes and lectures in contemporary art. Since completing a doctorate at the Royal College of Art in 2007, his current practice involves three strands of research in book projects for 2015/16 entitled: Memories of the Future, Taste After Bourdieu and Where Theory Belongs

He has published writing for contemporary art journals such as Art Monthly. He has been the recipient of several awards from bodies such as the AHRC, Arts Council England, the British Council, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, the Great British Sasakawa Foundation and the British School at Rome. He is the Postgraduate Theory Coordinator at Chelsea, based within UAL and CCW and has been running the Chelsea MA Fine Art Theory since 2012.

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