School of Architecture

Applied Baudrillard

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Applied Baudrillard

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.