Re-verb: The First International Academic Conference on Skateboarding

deadline for submissions: 
March 12, 2018
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The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Re-verb: The First International Academic Conference on Skateboarding

1–3 June 2018 | The Bartlett School of Architecture and House of Vans London

The first international conference on skateboarding aims to gauge, sense and approximate the vibration of urethane on asphalt, the lived experience of the travelling skater, the affectivities of an increasingly diverse community.

Over the course of two full days and an evening event, professionals from the skate industry, leaders from international skateboarding charities, and scholars with an (often feet-on) expertise of skateboarding will explore and draw out the current state of the practice, giving space to its pressing socio-political issues, its myriad of sensory experiences, and its capacity for encouraging and nurturing artistic endeavours. From Ali Boulala's 25-stair ollie in Lyon and Pamela Rosa's gold-winning run at the 2017 X Games in Oslo to Palace as both a sought-after fashion brand and proprietors of the nostalgia-laden public skatepark Mwadlands.

For the conference, we are looking for paper proposals that examine the various dimensions of skateboarding, which may include but are not limited to:

● A collective memory: The physical practice, sites, architectures, and personalities who have shaped skateboarding culture, from surf-inspired movement to portfolio tricks, from Californian beach communities to world-wide DIY builds, and from from Jamie Thomas’ Leap of Faith to Lizzie Armanto’s Transworld cover
● Methods and tools: Observing, researching, and practicing skateboarding through ethnographies, artistic practices, and media studies ● Kabul, Jayyous, and Unity Skateboarding: post- and and decolonial narratives in relation to skateboarding projects
● ‘Xem Skaters’ - LGBTQI communities and intersectional politics
● Generation VX1000: media, zines fashion, advertising, and DIY representation
● Skill acquisition, training,  and the somatic experience of skateboarding
● Skate spots, ramps, and curbs, or how skaters grew to love architecture and engender radical perspectives on urban development
● Philanthropy, community, and social efficacy: how to learn, teach, and create social value out of skateboarding
We especially encourage proposals from LGBTQI, feminist and BME scholars. Please submit your proposal for a 10-15 minute paper to Thom Callan-Riley (thomas.callan.16 [at] and Sander Holsgens (sander.holsgens.14 [at] by Monday 12 March. Proposals should include the title of a paper, a 250-word abstract, and a short bibliographical statement.

Confirmed speakers include Dani Abulhawa, Asa Backstrom, Ted Barrow, Kyle Beachy, Becky Beal, Iain Borden, Gustav Svanborg Eden, Ocean Howell, Chris Lawton, Jilleen Liao, Oliver Percovich, Paul O’Connor, Anthony Pappalardo, Alexis Sablone, Gregory Snyder and Neftalie Williams.

This conference is organised in collaboration with The Bartlett, UCL, SkatePal, Sheffield Hallam University, House of Vans, and Long Live Southbank.