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Bee Hughes, Dys-men-o-rrho-ea, 2019, performance documentation, digital photograph with thanks to Milos Simpraga (Artist in Residence at the St Andrews Centre for Contemporary Art, 2020-21)

 

The St Andrews Centre for Contemporary Art is based in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews, and draws together researchers from Schools including International Relations, Modern Languages, English, Film Studies, Social Anthropology, Management, and University Museums. The Centre’s main aim is to provide a space for staff, undergraduates, post-graduates and post-doctoral researchers to come together and share their interests and expertise in contemporary art, and to devise new programmes and projects in this constantly-evolving field of study.

Key themes include:

  • Technologies and media
  • Feminism, gender and sexuality
  • Globalisation and transnationalism
  • Art and politics

We aim to explore these themes though a combination of:

  • Regular work-in-progress sessions
  • Research seminars and invited talks
  • Conferences and symposia
  • PhDs, including Collaborative Doctoral Awards
  • Artist Residencies

Contemporary art is an area of study that is as diverse and exciting as it is contested and complex. While there are now multiple definitions of ‘the contemporary’ and when it might be said to ‘begin’ with regards to art practice, there still remains much work to be done to address the radically interdisciplinary nature of contemporary visual production; its relationship with key dynamics such as globalisation, precarity, decolonisation, ecology and technology, as well as the constructs of gender, sexuality, race and class; and its communication through theory, curatorial strategies, institutional programming and art writing as well as practice.

We believe that exploring these issues in contemporary art demands an interdisciplinary framework, which can draw on scholarship in economics, management, sociology, film studies, international relations, languages and literature, history, geography, gender studies, and the sciences. The St Andrews Centre for Contemporary art welcomes researchers and staff from across the university and beyond to discuss contemporary practice and theory together.

NEXT EVENT

Book Launch for Cash Flow: The Business of Menstruation by Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik (University of Aberdeen) with Dr Bee Hughes (Liverpool John Moores) and Dr Catherine Spencer (St Andrews)
Tuesday 17 May 2022, 4.00-5.30pm (BST, UK time)
Online via MS Teams, sign-up via Eventbrite.

The menstrual product industry has played a large role in shaping the last hundred years of menstrual culture, from technological innovation to creative advertising, education in classrooms and as employers of thousands in factories around the world. How much do we know about this sector and how has it changed in later decades? What constitutes ‘the industry’, who works in it, and how is it adapting to the current menstrual equity movement?

Cash Flow provides a new academic study of the menstrual corporate landscape that links its twentieth-century origins to the current ‘menstrual moment’. Drawing on a range of previously unexplored archival materials and interviews with industry insiders, each chapter examines one key company and brand: Saba in Norway, Essity in Sweden, Tambrands in the Soviet Union, Procter & Gamble in Britain and Europe, Kimberly-Clark in North America, and start-ups Clue and Thinx. By engaging with these corporate collections, the book highlights how the industry has survived as its consumers continually change.

To celebrate the publication of Cash Flow by UCL Press, Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik will be joined in discussion with interdisciplinary artist and researcher Dr Bee Hughes (Liverpool John Moores).