Poetry, Race and Art
The two-pronged interdisciplinary approach proposes expansive ways of comprehending pictured blackness and also offers an embodied and immersive way of understanding ekphrasis, black and even decolonial ekphrases and opens up important interdisciplinary dialogue in this area.
In 2022, her research was supported by the University of Brighton's Research Experience scheme to create a compendium of black ekphrasis and the following year was supported again by the SRES scheme to create an online annotated timeline. In 2023, she was supported by a Techne RTSG grant for a research trip to the US. Some gatherings can be found on twitter account @PicturingB
Holiday's essay 'Towards Black Ekphrasis' appears in Oxford Poetry issue 94 (click image to purchase).
Holiday was invited to speak as part of the 'Black Poetics and Aesthetics' panel at the 24th edition of the Gwendolyn Brooks Black Writers Conference (Chicago State University) on 28th October, 2022.
Holiday gave the 2022 Morag Morris Poetry Lecture at the University of Surrey
Holiday gave a version of this lecture as part of the London Drawing Group's Feminist Lecture Spring Programme on 29th May
Holiday presented part of her research into black ekphrasis on a panel as part of the 5th Postgraduate International Conference: 'A Driving Force. On the Rhetoric of Images and Power' at Ca' Foscari University, Venice
Place and Space
Techne student-led conference Nov 2nd 2023
Amanda Holiday presented and discussed large-scale ‘research drawing’ Face Jugs and Sunflowers from her doctoral research into black ekphrasis. Holiday discussed how drawing as a tool enables imaginative exploration of research ideas.
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