Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture

Established in 2008 the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (IMCC) is designed to act as a focal point for collaboration both between colleagues across the University and with outside cultural institutions to facilitate cross-disciplinary projects. The IMCC regularly hosts important international speakers at Westminster including, in recent years, Emmanuel Bouju (Rennes/Harvard), Thomas Y. Levin (Princeton), Stephen Melville (Ohio), Toby Miller (UC, Riverside), and W.J.T. Mitchell (Chicago).

David Cunningham and Marquard Smith co-curate the Whitechapel Salon, an annual series of four public discussions on a single contemporary cultural theme, including ‘Hope’ and ‘Cultures of Capitalism’. These are held at the Whitechapel Gallery and co-funded by the Stanley Picker Trust, with speakers including Chantal Mouffe, Richard Sennett and Gayatri Spivak.

Recent IMCC events include: 

  • ‘The Continuities of Cold War Systems’ (February 2014), co-organised with the Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media at Winchester School of Art  ‘Photography and Abstraction’ (May 2014)
  • ‘The Historical Novel of the Contemporary’ (December 2013)
  • ‘Walter Benjamin, Pedagogy and the Politics of Youth’ (June 2013), co-founded with the Centre for Modern European Philosophy at Kingston, with Antonia Birnbaum (Paris 8), Howard Eiland (MIT) and Élise Derroitte (Louvain)
  • ‘Queer London’ (March 2013)

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