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.
Postsocialism and Art
With support from British Society of Aesthetics and Association for Arts History, TrAIN is inviting UAL staff and research students with geopolitical and cultural connections to Eastern European postsocialist heritage within their research interests and/or art practice to contribute to the Postsocialism and Art project by 14 February 2021.
- Read more information and how to submit Call for Contributions - Postsocialism and Art (PDF 83KB)
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.
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
University of the Arts London
16 John Islip Street London
+44 (0)20 7514 2165
+44 (0)20 7514 7839