Postgraduate Reading Groups

DRAW Reading Group Event
Camilla Brueton

A growing number of cross-disciplinary postgraduate reading groups are active across the university and are open to all UAL postgraduate students to attend.

Click on the group titles below for more information about the individual groups.

Or visit the Postgraduate Community Blog to read reports from past meets!

Open Reading Groups

  • DRAW Reading Group

    DRAW is a Postgraduate Reading Group focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to drawing. It hosts 2 events each term, and is a pan UAL initiative coming out of the Centre for Drawing at Wimbledon College of Arts.

  • Passagens Reading Group

    Drawing also on the current debate following the recent UK vote to leave the EU, postgraduate students (both taught and research) at UAL are invited to join the Passagens series of Reading Groups, which offers a broad historical context and the insight by artists and curators whose work evolve around the themes of migration, social sustainability and the environment.

  • Reading Collections

    This new reading group is based on special collections and archives. The first two sessions will explore two related collections, the African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive, which is held by the Library at Chelsea College of Arts, and the Stuart Hall Library, at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts).

  • Reading East Asian Design (READ)

    This reading group provides an opportunity to read essays on some aspects of modern and contemporary design in East Asia and it will discuss critical issues and methodologies specific to the region. This group will be led by Dr Yuko Kikuchi (Reader, TrAIN Research Centre and CCW Graduate School) and Hiroki Yamamoto (PhD candidate, TrAIN).

  • Object Reading Group

    Participants attending this group will be asked to ‘read’ and discuss a selection of objects from the London College Fashion Collections and Archives. The aim is to take an interdisciplinary approach to the sessions and discussions, and to encourage students, staff and researchers to apply their different expertise and knowledge bases (whether practical or theoretical) to ‘reading’ the selected objects.

  • Craft Readers Group

    Led by PhD students, the Craft Readers Group meet on a monthly basis and facilitates critical reading and argument building through semi-structured conversation on specific themes. The discussions aim to clarify aspects of craft theory, build up a thematic bibliography and provide precious opportunities for networking. They also visit craft related events and exhibitions which focus discussion during the monthly meetings.

  • Test Lab PhD Reading Group

    Test Lab, in collaboration with the Doctoral Platform at Central Saint Martins, invites all UAL PhD students to attend and participate in a series of presentations that are held on alternate Wednesdays, 4.30-7pm at Central Saint Martins, Library, Pods. Test Lab offers PhD students at UAL an opportunity to present their work in an informal and discursive setting. Students are welcome to present papers on any aspect of their research: a chapter, a case study, an exhibition, an artwork, a workshop, etc.

  • Pedagogy Reading Group

    Led by UAL's Teaching and Learning Exchange, the Pedagogy Reading Group sessions for 2016/2017 are aimed at UAL staff and postgraduate students with an interest in Pedagogy. Each session discusses a different text, but takes place twice to give more people the chance to attend. Participants are invited to put forward readings for future sessions.