As a collaboration strand of Asia Triennial Manchester 2014, this symposium will present diverse perspectives from keynote speakers, curators and artists on its theme Conflict | Compassion | Resolution.

Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 SYMPOSIUM

Conflict | Compassion | Resolution

November 20, 2014

It aims to connect local and international artists, curators, and academics; and engage with the wider audience in a discursive forum on: the tangibles e.g. visual artworks, galleries, local and international art events and industries, as well as the intangibles e.g. memories, personal histories, attitudes and values – to develop a ‘source of inspiration and knowledge’ about Asian visual culturesand encourage learning and skills development through the wider ATM14 creative programmes. Through the symposium, ATM aims to highlight the role of the 21st century artists and curators in providing “a voice for the unheard, and a message to the dominant” – to promote transcultural arts as catalyst for social integration and economic development in pluralistic, democratic society.


  • Graham Boxer – Director of IWM North
  • Professor David Crow – Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internal Communication, Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design


  • Dr Nima Poovaya-Smith – Director of Alchemy Cultural Enterprise, Yorkshire
  • Alnoor Mitha – Artistic Director of ATM, Senior Research Fellow (Asian Cultures) MIRIAD MSA


  • Alice Kettle – Senior Research Fellow, MIRIAD Manchester School of Art
  • Dr Simon Faulkner – Programme Leader of Art History, Manchester School of Art


  • Aman Mojadidi – Commodifying Conflict
  • Sophie Ernst – What is Conflict?
  • Professor Bashir Makhoul – The Genie
  • Shezad Dawood – ‘Babalon Rising’
  • Pop Up Republics (DbD) – Bordering on Darkness
  • Hardeep Pandhal – Muses on the ‘labour of negative’
  • Kashif Nadim Chaudhry – ‘Fools gold: Fingering the naval of what it means to be queer’
  • Rosa Nguyen – Sanctuary
  • Professor Jiang Jiehong – ‘Translating Harmonious Society’
  • Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa – Scintilla From Our Sun
  • Sarah Perks and Andy Willis – Join the dots: Asian Cinema in the UK
  • Dr Tongyu Zhou and Joe Duffy – The Fire and the Rose
  • Alinah Azadeh – The Recital and Burning of the Book of Debts (Volume IX) Manchester

Talks, discussions, and networking sessions followed by The Recital and Burning of the Book of Debts (Volume IX) Manchester by Alinah Azadeh. Lunch and other refreshments will be provided.