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Contested Spaces membership event

This themed membership meeting will bring together CHEAD members to consider a range of themes associated with contested spaces, to hear from speakers in the field and to participate in exploratory workshops.

Members will hear from external policy facing colleagues around institutional responsibilities and for a perspective on the OfS position. There are changes coming to the NSS for 2023 and also to Freedom of Speech legislation which will impact on creative educator’s responsibilities.

We will consider the challenges art and design HE institutions face in relation to:

» exhibiting contentious or potentially offensive works
» NSS Questions for 2023
» Freedom of speech
» Cancel culture
» Accommodating and managing student protests
» Institutional compliance and disruption
» Collaborating with students

The event includes a presentation of the video work IMPOSTER/HECKLER by Dr Gemma Marmalade, which will explore the expectations of conference conventions, the shutting down of institutional challenge and debate, the imposter sensibilities of academics, and the inversion of authoritative roles.


22 Nov 2022


9:40 am - 1:00 pm

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  • Dr Gemma Marmalade
    Dr Gemma Marmalade
    Programme Leader BA (Hons) BA Hons Photography & Assistant Head of Discipline for Arts and Media in the School of Arts, University of Derby

    Dr. Gemma Marmalade is a British artist and academic, leading the BA Hons Photography programme at the University of Derby and Assistant Head of Discipline for Arts and Media within the School of Arts.
    Her broad practice playfully negotiates experimental performance with its visual and sounded documents to reveal unanticipated and extraordinary outcomes from normative experiences.
    Gemma’s Ph.D. is from The Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Marjorie Barrick Museum, Las Vegas; The Apulia Film Commission, Bari; and the State Museum of Gulag, Moscow.

  • Jim Dickinson
    Jim Dickinson
    Associate Editor, WONKHE

    Jim is an Associate Editor at Wonkhe and takes a particular interest in the student experience, university governance, and regulation – and leads our work with students’ unions.

    His career background is in support for student leadership. He has held senior roles at the National Union of Students – where he led on SU development, campaigns and political strategy – and was the CEO at the SU at UEA, providing strategic management for the union’s charitable and commercial vehicles as well as policy support for the elected student officers.

  • Mark Crawley
    Mark Crawley
    Dean of Students, University of the Arts London

    Mark is Dean of Students at UAL. Mark’s portfolio covers Student Services, safeguarding, equality and diversity for students, and leading on partnership working with the Students’ Union. Mark has spent 29 years working in student support in FE and HE, 19 of those at UAL.

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