blueWithout End: Documents of Research postgraduate Symposium & Exhibition 16 February 2018

 I want the beforehand of a book.’ I just wrote this sentence, but before this sentence, I wrote a hundred others, which I’ve suppressed, because the moment for cutting short had arrived. 

Without End, No, State of Drawingness, No, rather: The Executioner’s Taking Off, Helene Cixous

The Theme

As researchers, no matter our subject, we commit ourselves to a process of generating, analysing and debating ideas. In working towards completion, we continue to gather and negotiate an increasing number of ideas, always looking to constellate them in rich and innovative ways. As these constellations expand and contract, as the ideas fall in and out of view, the documents we retain begin to record a far more expansive sphere of possibility than can be accounted for in a single thesis.The intent of this interdisciplinary symposium and exhibition is to reflect on the research process, of being in research, and the documents which facilitate and inform it. The term ‘document’ is open ended, it may refer to text or image; audio or visual; object, artefact or specimen. A document can look forward and back; it can be ‘reached in to’ as a source of ideas and it can be ‘reaching’ in its speculations.

From notebook to soil sample, post-it note to statistical data, the document may be the marker of a thought or a way to manage the restless plurality of thinking. Whatever they be, what is of interest is how documents operate as research and the possibilities they enshrine.

Without End is an academic, supportive environment for postgraduate students and early career researchers to present their research and works-in-progress through the framework of their own documents.

The Venue

The University of Northampton, St. Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD.


Please send an abstract of up to 300 words for 20-minute oral presentations or images/descriptions of documents to be exhibited, along with a short biography as an email attachment to 

The deadline for submissions is 1st November 2017.

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