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IMMA is delighted to announce its Summer School 2020, taking place online from 3 to 28 August 2020. Some of the ideas that will be explored in the IMMA Summer School include the role of the state in surveillance, welfare, propaganda, epidemiology, monumental and memorial languages, and the abjection of the ‘other’, the stateless, the non-citizen, the dead. In the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and recent protests we are seeing many of these processes writ large.

This summer school proposes a set of questions about the nature of statecraft and its relationship to contemporary art:

What role do the arts play in these processes?

What is the role of art and artists in the functions of the state?

Is the artist complicit in reproducing state power or can the artist hold the state to account?

Can contemporary art be a space for thinking seriously and critically about both the limits and possibilities of the state?


To explore these questions we are bringing together number of artists, writers and educators including Jonas Staal, artist and founder of the artistic and political organisation New World Summit (2012-ongoing); Jasmina Cibic, artist; Mick Wilson, artist, educator and researcher, University of Gothenburg; Gerry Kearns, Head of Geography, Maynooth University; Angela Griffith, Director of the Irish Art Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin; Laurie Robbins, IMMA Residency artist; Chris Whitehead, Professor of Museology, University of Newcastle; and Rebecca O’Neill, Project Co-ordinator, Wikimedia Community Ireland.

Call for participants

IMMA is seeking applications from students and interested members of the public to take part in this month-long programme of virtual engagements in August, 2020.

The programme is free and will be delivered in English.

Participants will attend nine online seminars (6.30pm – 8.00pm) on 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21 August and a keynote event on 24 August (12.00pm – 5.00pm GMT). The seminars and keynote event will be open to members of the public and they will be recorded. Details of the public programme and how to book will be available on IMMA’s website shortly.

Participants will take part in an intensive workshop between 25 and 27 August and a closing event on 28 August. Participants will also be required to undertake reading in advance and to take part in discussions and project work over the course of the programme. Reliable internet access is essential.

Participation is based on a letter of intention stating why you wish to take part in the summer school (400 words max). Please include name and contact details.

Application period is 11 June to 3 July. Application is via email to Lisa Moran, [email protected] and Nathan O’Donnell, [email protected]


Application period is 11 June to 3 July.

To be sent via email to:

Lisa Moran, Curator: Engagement and Learning, Third Level and Research. Irish Museum of Modern Art

e: [email protected]

Dr. Nathan O’Donnell. IMMA/TCD. IRC postdoctoral scholar

e: [email protected]