TVAD Talks


The TVAD blog is the place for lively discussion of ideas and issues within the theory of art and design.

It's also where you'll find a record of past achievements, hopes and aspirations as well as our connections to research all over the world, including contributions from:

  • Prof Rebecca Houze TVAD Visiting Professor 2017-19 (Professor Northern Illinois University)
  • Dr Daniel Huppatz Visiting Professor 2015-16 (Senior Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia)
  • Dr Javier Gimeno-Martínez Visiting Professor 2014-15 (Assistant Professor at the Vrije University Amsterdam)
  • Dr Kjetil Fallan Visiting Professor 2012-13 (Associate Professor of Design History in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo)
  • Dr David Brody Visiting Professor 2011-12 (Parsons, the New School for Design, New York City)

TVAD Research seminars 2018/19

All are welcome to join us for the TVAD Talks research seminar series, held monthly on Wednesday lunchtimes during term. We start at 13.00 with a sandwich lunch research presentation and discussion, ending at 14:30.

16/01/19 Zoe Hendon (Middlesex University) 'Working at the Intersection of Archives and Practice'

20/02/19 Ljubomir Jankovic (University of Hertfordshire) 'Evolving Building Designs for Climate Change'

27/03/19 Jessica Kelly (University for the Creative Arts) 'No More giants: Architectural Criticism, Modernism and J.M. Richards'

08/05/19 Pat Simpson (University of Hertfordshire) 'Imag(in)ing Revolutionary Evolution in Apes and Humans in the 1920s:  The Ages of Life Sculptures at the Moscow Darwin Museum' To sign up for TVAD alerts, please contact Alana Jelinek.

Past seminar series

TVAD on YouTube

TVAD Talks are available on the University of Hertfordshire's YouTube channel, in the Creative Arts Research playlist and on the TVAD Talks YouTube channel.

Crisis Communication: BP’s public relations after Deepwater Horizon (2014)

Nick Lovegrove (University of Hertfordshire)

Writing Textiles, Fashion, and Design Reform in Austria-Hungary Before WW1 (2016)

Rebecca Houze (TVAD Visiting Researcher)

Corporate Censorship (2018)

Alana Jelinek (University of Hertfordshire)

TVAD Symposium 2018/19

21 June 2019: Artists and the Philosophers We Love


  • Kerry Powers (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) on Philosopher, Karen Barad


  • Hudda Khaireh (independent artist) on Political Philosopher, Franz Fanon
  • Kerry Purcell (University of Hertfordshire) on Alain Badiou and Love

A call for papers opens in January 2019.

Glass hand sculpture