Thursday, 27 September 2018
A major International conference entitled'Applied Baudrillard' was held at Oxford Brookes
University on 5-7 September, attracting delegates from across the world.
A major International conference entitled "Applied Baudrillard" was held at Oxford Brookes
University on 5-7 September, attracting delegates from across the world. The event was co-
organised by Dr Francesco Proto, Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, School of
Architecture and Dr Richard Smith, Associate Professor at Swansea University, Department
of Geography. The conference planned to capture the ever increasing significance and
importance of the writings and ideas of Jean Baudrillard. While renowned experts - including
Franco 'Bifo' Berardi, famous Italian critic and media activist; Mike Gane, Loughborough
University; William Merrin, Swansea University and Richard G. Smith (Swansea University)
stimulated the delegates with their keynote speeches, paper sessions focused on the many
ways Baudrillard's ideas have been utilised in research in many different disciplines.
Architecture emerged for the first time in the conference as an important field of interest and
investigation. Highlights of the event included an exhibition entitled "Collecting Baudrillard"
in the Lab Space, Glass Tank Gallery, Abercrombie building, displaying rare Baudrillard
books and interviews with the philosopher. A special section of the exhibition dedicated to
Jean Baudrillard’s photography, courtesy of Marine Depuis Baudrillard; a conference dinner
held at New College, Oxford. A special guest at the conference was Chris Turner, the
leading translator of many of Baudrillard's books into English.