UCD and NCAD Centre for Creative Arts & Critical Cultures, New Research Centre

newsThe NCAD and UCD Strategic Alliance project has received the green light to officially establish the UCD & NCAD Centre for Creative Arts and Critical Cultures.

This is the first research centre at UCD to be formally co-hosted with another higher education institution. Its aim is to promote, initiate and coordinate cross-institutional academic activity in the domain of creative arts and critical cultures, across NCAD and UCD’s schools, colleges and disciplines. Here are a few more details:

The Centre for Creative Arts & Critical Cultures supports a cross-institutional, creative academic community whose work bears an affinity of interest in the arts, culture and critical studies—amplifying the impact and reach of this work across both institutions, and beyond to wider society. It will achieve these aims by developing new teaching and research initiatives, promoting and supporting the activities of its affiliated members, and facilitating collaborations between the two institutions.

Our population includes undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral scholars, academic faculty and staff, and associated artists, critics/writers, designers, architects, and cultural producers. From music to theatre, visual arts to literature, to architecture and design—researchers at NCAD and UCD are nationally and internationally recognized as experts and innovators in the creative arts. However, the Centre’s mission is not constrained within any single discipline, or limited to the arts and humanities. What connects the working lives of our academic community is a spirit of intellectual enquiry not constrained within any single discipline: a belief that imaginative thinking and approaches can transform scientific, social scientific, and humanistic enquiry.

By creating this community of scholars we seek to explore alternatives to traditional disciplinary canons; collectively propose new theoretical frameworks; and inspire in each other new forms of artistic and intellectual practice. The Centre will promote cross-disciplinarity and the scholarly ambitions of the community at its core, by:

Hosting symposia, conferences, exhibitions and joint events
Supporting joint publications and creative dissemination of research
Encouraging and sharing information about funding and training opportunities (national, international, European), with the aim of developing joint applications
Developing opportunities for staff exchange, mentorship and career development (postgraduate and staff)
Developing ‘research clusters’ that will bring together groups of researchers working across both institutions on related themes
Promoting the co-supervision of PhDs and funding applications to support them
Informing the development of UCD and NCAD’s strategic research objectives
Promoting the vision of an interlinked creative campus which welcomes and supports cultural activity, and innovative, cross-disciplinary thinking
A full programme and formal launch event for the autumn semester with lots more details to come.

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