Roundtable event: ‘Bridging Narratives: Art Meets Academia.’
Engage in discussions about art’s role in academia, making research accessible through art, and the potential for artists and researchers to collaborate effectively.
Manca Juvan (1981) has a BA in Photography and more than two decades of working experience throughout the field and around the world. She’s established herself in the field of journalism and documentary photography, in recent years developing a particular interest and passion for books and motion pictures as forms.
She’s collaborated with Slovenian and foreign media, including The Times, The Guardian, The New York Times. Her internationally acclaimed monographs Afghanistan: (Un)ordinary Lives and Guardians of the Spoon have been published by Sanje and The Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). She’s the recipient of numerous awards, nominations and scholarships, including the Magnum Foundation’s in 2011. She’s had many solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, including at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, as well as other gallery venues and festivals in New York, Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris and elsewhere. She’s a regular collaborator and current director of the socially engaged APIS Institute.
Dr Benjamin Worku-Dix is a Senior Fellow at SOAS, University of London and holds a Doctorate in Anthropology, University of Sussex. He was based in Tamil Tiger controlled Vanni, North Sri Lanka with the UN from 2004 – 2008 throughout the conflict. Ben is the Founding Director of PositiveNegatives that amplifies academic research through engaging visual storytelling.
Nathaniel Pitt trained as an artist at Falmouth School of Art in 1997 and gained his MFA from Wolverhampton University 2009 before becoming a fellow at De Appel in Amsterdam, ‘curating in the gallery field.’ Since 2013, Pitt has served as the Director for the gallery Division of Labour, a West-Midlands based not-for-profit dedicated to supporting contemporary art across the UK.
Prof. Umut Korkut is a D.Rad Project Lead and Professor of International Politics at Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. He completed his DPhil (magna cum laude) at Central European University in Budapest (2004). Prof Korkut has served as the International Political Science Association Vice-President between 2021-2023. His recent book is entitled Contesting Cosmopolitan Europe >> Prof Korkut is a member of the WISE Centre for Economic Justice at GCU.
With research interests in regional art market development, art and education and collaborative practice, projects have included artists Robert Barry, Victor Burgin, Brian O’Doherty and Carey Young. Pitt has developed an international profile for his gallery, with past presentations in the 2015 Venice Biennale, Brussels, Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong, Basel, Vienna and Dallas. www.divisionoflabour.co.uk