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‘Weird studies?’

October 25th-November 3rd 2021

Neil Mulholland, Weird-o-Verse Template (detail), Miro, 2021

A two-week sprint on ‘Weird Studies?’ as part of the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme. ‘Weird Studies?’ participants will attempt to respond to this provocation:

‘”Weird Studies” is a scholarly field that doesn’t and can’t exist. The Weird is that which resists any settled explanation or frame of reference. It is the bulging file labelled “other/misc.” in our mental filing cabinet, full of supernatural entities, magical synchronicities, and occult rites. But it also appears when a work of art breaks in on our habits of perception and ordinary things become uncanny. ‘ …’

I’m aiming to teach the sprint ‘in the open’ (OER) as much as possible.

To begin with, here’s a tentative resource list:

I will update the OER in the MA CAT Programme Website:

Weird Studies OER: MA Contemporary Art Theory, The University of Edinburgh

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