The Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) investigates historical, theoretical and practice-based research in art, architecture, craft and design.
This research is driven by the desire to critique dominant ideas of 'globalisation' and to open up new perspectives that address questions of how art and design can respond to social (in)justice, decolonisation of institutions and the creation of more diverse global art histories. TrAIN’s members include internationally recognised scholars and practitioners across UAL as well as a community of post-graduate students. Issues and debates arising from research activities are disseminated by TrAIN conferences, lectures, reading groups, exhibitions and publications.
Prof. Madina Tlostanova 'Post-soviet art and decolonial aesthesis'
Masterclass led by Professor Madina Tlostanova 'Post-soviet art and decolonial aesthesis' as part of the TrAIN Research Centre Postsocialism and Art project.
New TrAIN Associate Dr Nela Milic to lead on Postsocialism and Art
TrAIN is excited to welcome new research Associate Dr. Nela Milic, who will lead on decolonial research project, Postsocialism and Art. Dr Milic is an artist and academic in the Design School at UAL’s London College of Communication.
Postsocialism & Art: A Masterclass with Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Our Postsocialism and Art research project reflects on the current state of Eastern European postsocialist heritage. This March we are excited to welcome the first in a series of Masterclasses delivered by renowned scholars in the field - Unruly Elements: Ecologies of Post-Socialism, presented by Maja and Reuben Fowkes.
New TrAIN MA seminar Series: Monuments, Museums and Myths
As the research centre’s new contribution to postgraduate curricula, TrAIN will be running a transnational MA seminar entitled ‘Monuments, Museums and Myths: the colonial legacy and the modern nation’.
Welcoming new TrAIN researcher and Associates
New researchers and Associates working with TrAIN in 2020: Maribel Hidalgo Urbaneja, Athanasios Velios and Deidre Osborne.
Worlding Public Cultures: new research seeks to reimagine the global
TrAIN has been awarded an international grant for our new research project Worlding Public Cultures: The Arts and Social Innovation.
Postsocialism and Art
TrAIN has received grants by the British Society of Aesthetics and Association for Art History for the project Decolonising the Arts that is seeking to explore the Eastern Europe within the context of transnational and global arts by creating a platform for the emergence of a community of artists and art historians.
- Learn more about the Postsocialism and Art project
Since 2004 when it was founded by art historians Professor Toshio Watanabe and Professor Oriana Baddeley, TrAIN has played a leading role in establishing the discourse of the ‘transnational’ in the field of art and design globally. This has resulted in an increased awareness and critical understanding of transnational art and design, to the benefit of the Museums and Galleries sector, arts organisations, and the artistic community.
- Dr Michael Asbury
- Professor Oriana Baddeley
- Dr Djurdja Bartlett
- Professor Sonia Boyce
- Professor Jane Collins
- Dr David Dibosa
- Professor Paul Goodwin (Director)
- Dr Pratap Rughani
- Dr Lucy Steeds
- Professor Carol Tulloch
- Professor Toshio Watanabe
- Dr Maribel Hidalgo Urbaneja (Research Fellow Worlding Public Cultures)
- Dr Kimathi Donkor (TrAIN Research Fellow 2017-2018)
- Dr Ope Lori (TrAIN Research Fellow 2017-2018)
- Professor Yuko Kikuchi (Kanazawa College of Arts, Japan)
- Dr Deidre Osborne (Reader, Goldsmiths University of London)
- Dr. Athanasios Velios (Reader in Documentation, UAL)
- Abbas Zahedi – TrAIN Co-Lab Artist Research Residency
- Samboleap Tol – TrAIN Co-Lab Artist Research Residency
- Dr Nela Milic
Nwakaego (Ego) Ahaiwe Sowinski | Ellen de Medeiros Nunes | Lucia Gomez Mejia | Pamela Jikiemi-Pearson | Roxy (Caroline Roxana) Minter | Stephanie Cheung | Maria Kheirkhah (Smith) | Marcia Michael | Madeline Yale | Scott (Louis) Schwager | Gerard Choy | Jin Ah Lee | Lynton Talbot | Gustavo Montero Grandal | Ewelina Warner
TrAIN Research Centre
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