ULIP’s commitment to academic exchange and the promotion of new knowledge sees our researchers engaged in a wide variety of partner and public engagement work. Our faculty are always looking to increase the impact of their research with regular workshops, seminars, and events, all open to the public. The institute also has a long history of collaboration with partners from both sides of the Channel and works extensively with academic and cultural institutions, community organisations, and local government in France and the UK. ULIP’s collaborative and community projects form an essential part of our academic research, developing innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the biggest questions of language, culture, and political and artistic expression faced by societies today.
This Spring ULIP is working with the London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) to screen a series of provocative documentaries and discussions on a wide range of subjects. All films have been carefully selected by Patrick Hazard, LIDF Director, and ULIP's Director of Research, Anna-Louise Milne, and touch on themes of migration, persona, art, and French history. Screenings are followed by discussion with film producers, directors, and leads and it is hoped that these screenings will engage students, staff, and wider audiences alike.
ULIP works with Goldsmiths, University of London to bring together colleagues from their MA Photography and Urban Cultures with researchers from our MA Urban History and Culture, to organise an annual urban photography workshop. These events offer participants opportunities for teaching, debate, and discussion on the urban environment and its expression in art, including a practical photography session in the streets of Paris. This year’s event is based around the theme of Cartographies: considering urban archeology and its mapping of social change.
ULIP’s Anna-Louise Milne has recently collaborated with the School of Advanced Study, University of London, on the latest Living Literature event – Living Proust and the Belle Époque. Brainchild of Sarah Churchwell, Living Literature aims to bring iconic literary works to life by using research expertise to create an immersive and theatrical world for audiences to explore. A revolutionary take on the classic university lecture, these experiential educational experiences engage audiences in the world and ideas of the chosen author in a bold new way.
This British Academy funded project, Plural Cultures, Plural Spaces, is run in collaboration with the Institut des Cultures d’Islam and brings together researchers and practitioners working in and on questions of cultural management from both sides of the Channel. Taking the ICI as the object of its study the project explores Franco-British comparative perspectives on the Institute as part of a wider reflection on contemporary cultural spaces and their role in modern retellings of national history.