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.
The UAL Transnational Art, Identity, Nation research centre hosts various events including the TrAIN Open Lecture series, seminars, workshops, symposia, and exhibitions.
Call for papers for the conference ‘Worldviews: Latin American art and the decolonial turn’
TrAIN welcomes papers for the upcoming conference ‘Worldviews: Latin American art and the decolonial turn’ co-organised by Dr Sofia Gotti from the Centre for Visual Culture (CVC) at the University of Cambridge and Dr Michael Asbury from the Transnational Arts Identity and Nation (TrAIN) research centre at UAL, which will be held online between 4 November and 2 December 2021.
Professor Felipe Scovino returns to UAL as TrAIN Visiting Scholar
TrAIN welcomes Felipe Scovino, Professor of art history at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro as Visiting Scholar. Formerly the curator for the estate of Lygia Clark, Professor Scovino has since worked extensively as an independent curator. His current research focuses on the work of artist Hélio Oiticica and architect Lina Bo Bardi.
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’.
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
Worlding Public Cultures
This project aims to develop a critical art theory and practice based approach to social innovation, which takes worlding as its central methodology. It’s a collaborative research project and transnational platform conceived by the Transnational and Transcultural Arts and Culture Exchange (TrACE) network and funded by a Social Innovation Grant from the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Find out more about Worlding Public Cultures
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
Get in touch
TrAIN Research Centre
University of the Arts London
16 John Islip Street London
+44 (0)20 7514 2165
+44 (0)20 7514 7839