By Christina Skarpari, Practice based PhD Candidate
The Test Lab, which is a branch of the Doctoral Platform located at CSM, is convened by reader in Art History and Theory Dr. Joanne Morra and is supported by the Postgraduate Community. It runs throughout the academic year on alternating Wednesdays and is a valuable resource offered to students who are undertaking PhDs across UAL. This is a hub to share and exchange perspectives on an array of topics, by delving into theory and practice from philosophical, epistemological, political, autobiographical, gendered, ethical, and experimental standpoints.
For 2017 – 2018, the sessions are dedicated to a discussion of Writing and the PhD, in the context of art and design practice, theory and history. Test Lab engages with this topic by inviting guest speakers from a range of backgrounds including art, academia and PhD research, to give talks, readings, lectures and performances.
In the previous Test Lab session and on November 15th, professor of popular culture Roger Sabin, was invited to give his own insights on the topic, and initiated a talk with the burning question: How do I get published, within which he addressed some of the practical processes, pluses and falls relating to the subject.