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Moving forward

Warmest thanks to all of you who made the conference such a success – keynote speakers, policymakers panel, and all who gave papers, project presentations and posters. It was a great occasion and we are very grateful to you all. See some photos from the conference.

One of the outcomes of the conference was a clear mandate to continue with the CLE initiative. Many expressed the desire to participate in future initiatives and pointed to the need for a clear outline of our objectives. The ‘London Statement’ was a response to that request which we circulated to all attendees in May and now publish on this website. It was written with the help of comments from participants and it aims to capture the energy and enthusiasm which animated the conference, while helping us to take the CLE initiative to the next stage.

We welcome reactions to the statement and, most of all, invite you to take an active part in shaping the future of CLE. If you are interested in contributing to one or more of these objectives, whether as an individual or institutional partner, contact us via the website form or by completing the conference feedback postcard.

Very best wishes

Arianna, Nina, Daniela, Loredana and Naomi

From Literature to Cultural Literacy

The countdown to the start of the conference this afternoon started!

To get in the mood you might want to read this recently published article by one of the member of the Steering Committee of Cultural Literacy in Europe 2015 conference and driving force of the project, Professor Naomi Segal. She contextualises the project and its relevance for the future of the social and cultural value of our research.



Twitter tag and livestream link

For those who cannot make it to the conference this time, to follow the event on Twitter use the hashtag #cleurope2015.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that the following sessions of the conference will be livestreamed:

Thursday 16 April
Alexandre Quintanilha – Inclusive knowledge… how?
Friday 17 April 
Policy-makers/stakeholder panel
Room: MAL B36

Friday 17 April 1.30-3.30pm Project presentations 
Room: MAL B36

Friday 17 April
Michael CroninEating Our Words: Books, burgers and the biosphere
Saturday 18 April
11am–12 noon
Aleida Assmann – Resonance and Impact: towards a theory of the emotions in cultural memory
Saturday 18 April
Lars Elleström A Medium-Centred Model of Communication in the Context of Cultural Literacy

Do or DIY Information As Material installation now open

The low-fi Information As Material installation has just opened at the Peltz Gallery, Brikbeck University.

There — and for now only there — you can pick up a free Xerox chapbook of the expanded second edition of Do or DIY. When they’re gone they’re gone. Here’s a taster:

picture“In the same year that James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Elliot’s The Waste Land were published, Carlos Díaz Loyola self-published his book of poems Los Gemidos. Loyola, a Chilean writing under the nom de plume Pablo de Rokha, only managed to sell a few copies. Indeed, both the public and the critics were so indifferent that the author sold the bulk of the edition by weight to the slaughterhouse where it was used to wrap meat. Today, accordingly, it is almost impossible to find a first edition of Los Gemidos, which is now considered to be one of the fundamental works of the Latin American avant-garde movement.”

Another recent IAM freebie can be downloaded from the Eclipse Archive. Nothing: A User’s Manual is a 48pp PDF featuring a long introductory essay and a preliminary bibliography that both try to map ideas of nothing and nothing-ness as they relate to late-modern and contemporary art practice. In no small part we want to share it as a teaching aid so please feel free to use it, misuse it and extend it. The download link is here.

Please pass on info about both projects.

As ever, recent books etc are listed on 

With very best wishes,

Nick Thurston