About the Re- Network

An interdisciplinary network of academics, writers, artists and scientists.

The ‘Re-‘ Interdisciplinary Network asks why cultures repeat, reproduce, reprint, restage, reframe, redisplay, adapt, memorialise, archive etc – and why this is a topical question in a digital era. It brings together interests in cultural reproduction, repetition and reference that extend beyond disciplinary boundaries and the university/public divide.

From adaptation, preservation, and memorial to brand and social media ‘sharing’, our primary research aim is to explore whether different socially-driven practices of repetition have meaningfully related structures, implications, and dynamics.

‘Re-‘ thinks outside established vocabularies and categories to interrogate and re-situate ideas such as originals, copies, canons, icons, objects, traditions, authenticity, translation, memory, museums, archives etc.

The ‘Re-‘ Network’s ultimate goal is to help equip the public with a more fluent grasp of how cultural repetition frames a particular worldview, implies a consensus, offers an identity, and performs a persuasive past.

Past ‘Re-‘ topics:

Founded at CRASSH as Research Network in 2018, after an exploratory conference at UCL in 2017, the Re- Network has held seminars, workshops and conferences on the following topics:

Reperforming images: from sources to resources (conference)

Beyond Originals and Copies: hierarchical relations of ‘originals’ and their copies as a western and nineteenth-century view of culture (seminar series).

Authenticities: Shakespeare’s Globe, Anatomical Drawings and Bach

The Concept of the ‘Original’: Perspectives from Japanese Noh, African Theatre and
Indonesian Literary Translation

Replicas: Perspectives from the History of Art and Science

The Repeating Work: Adaptation and Appropriation

Reimagining ‘The Classics’

Technologies of Reproduction: how different technologies of reproduction afford different types of social and political relations (seminar series).

Re- As an Embodied Practice (Workshop)

The Performer as Interpreter: an Embodied Double (Artist’s talk)

Repetition as Claiming Space

Technologies of Reproduction and the Craft of Activism

Iteration as Persuasion in a Digital Age (seminar series: forthcoming as a Special Issue of AI and Society Journal, 2021).

Remediating the Political: Digital Culture and Temporailty

The Psychology of Data

The Re-shaping of Collective Memory

Rethinking Repetition in a Digital Era (Symposium)

Tacit Engagement in a Digital Age (Conference)

Repetition, Revival, Reconstruction: the Visual Culture of Architecture 1750-1900 (conference)

Canons vs icons: different kinds of aggregation (category, label, type). Canon-formation driven by collective capacities to recognise, vs. institutional gatekeepers (seminar series).

Towards An-Iconology: Environmental Images

Iconising the Classical: Pompeii in Silent Cinema

Tragedy and the Global South: a conversation with Professor Martin Puchner

Passionate Affinities: Literature and Networks

Re-/Un-working Tragedy: Perspectives from the Global South (conference)

Reprint: looking at the social agencies and impacts of different eras and types of ‘public-ation’ – rethinking what books can be, and do, especially when revived (seminar series).

Re-printing: from the advent of the Paperback to Virago Modern Classics

Rethinking the Book (symposium, w. the Centre for Material Texts)

Anatomies of Re-production: The case of Rembrandt’s Dr Tulp

Upcoming ‘Re-‘ events:

Women Beat Poets and the Naropa Archive: Re-writing an American Experimental Lineage

Screening and seminar with filmmaker Melody London and poet Emma Gomis (Dec 1st 2020)

Narratives of Secularisation from Literature and Science (international conference, June 4 2021)

Other Re- topics in the pipeline:

Performing archives: the interdependence of archive and event; how archives engage with the future, not just the past, and co-constitute the items they collect.

Traditions: seeing traditions as a collusive practice rather than a thing – the traditional. What is the difference between tradition, fashion and virality?

Chronologies: imaginaries of sequence – comparing calendars, seasonality, shapes of history – line vs Medieval circle vs interruption etc. The timeline in Western culture.

Nostalgia: embodied and disembodied place, record, and re-enactment. The new term ‘retraditionalise’. The emotional nature of digital public spaces.

Re-exhibition: the performing object, museology, architecture as palimpsest, site-specificity, the agency of objects.