Invisibility Conference

Call for Papers: Invisibility

The Third Nomadikon and Center for the Ethics of Seeing Conference

Memphis, November 7-8, 2016

Comfort Inn Downtown, Memphis

 

In his book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep (2013), Jonathan Crary considers a new imaginary defined by uninterrupted global exchange and “a state of permanent illumination” (5). The facilitation of such a condition of unlimited visibility heralds a shadowless world that Crary sees as “the final capitalist mirage of post-history, of an exorcism of the otherness that is the motor of historical change” (9) – a scenario that provides little room for the invisible and the opaque.

 

For this conference, we want to turn our attention toward the notion of invisibility, understood both as the flipside of the visible and as an epistemologically productive phenomenon in itself. Broaching the entire spectrum of knowledge forms and scientific inquiries, the question of invisibility cannot be fully articulated from any specific discourse or field. In its invitation to scholars in the humanities and the social sciences to keep in mind and address its many etymological, epistemological and aesthetic roots and resonances, the concept of invisibility is a “traveling concept” (Mieke Bal). Insofar as it contests the regime of permanent illumination, invisibility could also be considered in terms of its ethical ramifications. We thus invite paper proposals that relate to the question of invisibility in a variety of theoretical contexts and media. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

 

* Invisibility in the field of art and aesthetics

* Representation and invisibility

* The epistemological functions of invisibility

* Invisibility and politics

* Invisibility in relation to social movements and activism

* Invisibility and language

* Invisibility and technology (metadata, management of information, etc)

* Surveillance

* Strategic invisibility

* Invisibility and “the right to look” (Mirzoeff)

* Invisibility and “the distribution of the sensible” (Rancière)

* Invisibility and the politics of warfare

* The question of who is given visibility and who is not, and what kinds of visibility?

* How do we investigate forms of invisibility without destroying them in the process?

* Invisibility and the transcendent

* Invisibility and the illegible

* Invisibility and gender, race and class

* Invisibility and identity

* Can there be a materiality of the invisible?

* Barbara Maria Stafford’s notion of an aesthetic of “the visible invisible”

* Invisibility as a precondition for transparency. The condition of sight (Merleau-Ponty)

 

Proposals of 150 to 300 words on the conference theme (or any questions concerning the event) should be submitted to Asbjørn Grønstad, Asbjorn.Gronstad@infomedia.uib.no, or Øyvind Vågnes, Oyvind.Vagnes@infomedia.uib.no, by June 20, 2016. We invite traditional academic papers, performance pieces, and all other forms of visual art and culture related to the theme. Registration for the conference is $125. Our designated conference hotel, The Comfort Inn Downtown, offers cut-off rates (ending October 7, 2016).

 

 

IAVC2016@Boston conference (Sept 29th-Oct 1st, 2016)

For a quick update, please see conference website: http://ocradst.org/visualculture2016/author/lanfranco-aceti/

Confirmed keynotes: Mieke Bal (Amsterdam), Vincent Brown (Harvard), Vera Ingrid Grant (Harvard), and Nicholas Mirzeoff (NYU),

Call for Papers: Abstracts by 15th April 2016 to ocradst@gmail.com

Graduate Forum Call for Papers: http://ocradst.org/visualculture2016/graduate-forum-call-for-papers/

Clark Art Institute Travel Fellowships: http://ocradst.org/visualculture2016/clark-art-institute-travel-fellowships-for-iavc2016boston/

Silent Footnotes

8am-8pm Wednesday 4 May

Our silent walks seek to practice vital conditions for paying attention to the everyday. We have made over fifty silent walks in the neighbourhoods of Archway and King’s Cross, most recently on a repeated monthly route as part of our Kings Cross Walking Club. Silent Footnotes extends these short walks to make a further testing of publicness in this place over a working day, with our colleagues, associate artists, students, friends, neighbours, and interested strangers walking with us in shared silence for half an hour or more.

 

Silent Footnotes will begin in Granary Square at 8am and pass through the square at approximate 30 minutes intervals until 8pm. Tilly and Anna will alternately lead the route of five repeated loops through King’s Cross neighbourhoods including Maiden Lane, Somers Town, The Cally, Argyle Square and the fringes of Pentonville.

 

To join Silent Footnotes we would ask you to commit to a minimum of one 30 minute loop beginning from Granary Square. There will be a hosted ‘starting point’ in Granary Square that will also be a rest/food stop for those who would like to make multiple loops. Our hosts will give you instructions and look after your bags. The longest you might have to wait to begin will be 30 minutes if you have just missed us leave.

 

Please let us know if you plan to join us and come to Granary Square at whatever time suits you best during the day.

 

With our very best wishes

 

Tilly and Anna

 

 www.airstudio.org

www.kingscrosswalkingclub.org

 

 

PSYCHOANALYSIS, CULTURE AND SOCIETY

A POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE

 

CENTRE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

LONDON

 

Saturday, 18 June, 2016

 

We invite postgraduate students and research fellows to submit proposals for papers on psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically informed research. Papers may be from any academic discipline, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, history, literature, art, religious studies or philosophy. We also welcome proposals on clinical or theoretical topics from students on psychoanalytic trainings.

 

This one-day conference is designed to give postgraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in psychoanalysis an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.

 

Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should include a title, the name of your university or training organisation and a telephone number. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. A further 10 minutes will be allowed for discussion. Sessions of 1½ hours will have space for three papers. There will be concurrent panels to accommodate as many papers as possible. The day will end with a plenary.

 

The conference takes place at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University (30 minutes from central London) between 9:30 and 5:30 on Saturday, 18 June, 2016. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. The conference fee is £45 for presenters and attendees. The fee for Middlesex University staff and students is £25.

 

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 27 May, 2016. Early submission and registration is recommended. Abstracts and queries should be sent to: Anne Worthington, a.worthington@mdx.ac.uk

Bookings: http://www.onlinestore.mdx.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=31&prodid=38

 

Centre for Psychoanalysis

Psychology Department

Middlesex University

The Burroughs, Hendon

London NW4 4BT

‘The Other Story’ Online: Digital Exhibition Histories

Are you interested in how contemporary art is presented and then critically received? What do you know about the history of racism in the British art establishment? Would you like participate in the design of a web prototype before its public launch?

I am looking to work with a cross-course team of students to develop an interactive digital platform for documenting and re-activating a highly significant exhibition of contemporary art that took place in 1989: ‘The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain’. This exhibition, which first took place at the Hayward Gallery in London, will be mapped visually and spatially online, and then shared with the public for interactive engagement – and I seek a team to collaborate with me on all of this.

We will initially meet on Wednesday afternoons during May, 4pm at Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross (D117 on 4 May, E003 on 11 May, D117 on 18 May, D117 on 25 May). Welcoming visiting specialists, including the web developer at work on this project, artists who participated in the show and hopefully its curator, Rasheed Araeen, the discussion will be enriched by your participation. Please come along to the first class, 4pm 4 May in KX D117 to learn more – and don’t hesitate to ask any questions beforehand.

European Funding

On 14th April (afternoon), UAL with the UK Research Office in Brussel (UKRO) is organizing a workshop for UAL academics on H2020 funding opportunities.

The UK Research Office (UKRO) is the European office of the UK Research Councils. It delivers a subscription-based advisory service for HEIs and research organisations and provides National Contact Point services on behalf of the UK Government for the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the ERC programmes. UKRO’s mission is to maximise UK engagement in EU-funded research, innovation and higher education activities.

This bespoke event is meant to provide an overview of the opportunities for arts, design and humanities across the Horizon 2020 programmes, with a special focus on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions for the mobility and career development of researchers and on European Research Council grants for frontier research.

The event will conclude with a session on how to network and built a EU profile for influencing funders and positioning competitively within the EU arena.

UAL is member of UKRO as we invite you to register in the portal. If you have problem with the registration please let us know. The registration works only if you are using your institutional email. https://www.ukro.ac.uk/aboutukro/Pages/register.aspx

This event is meant for capacity building and leveraging ambitions of the UAL research community. Your participation is highly valued.

The event will be hosted by CSM at the Lecture Theatre from to 14.00-17.30 (exact time to be confirmed in subsequent communications).

Kind regards

Nicola and Jerneja

……………………………………………………
Nicola Dorigo Salamon

EU Research & Innovation Manager
Research Management and Administration & Enterprise Development

University of the Arts London
5th Floor, Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London, N1C 4AA
United Kingdom

T +44 (0)20 7514 7048

M +44(0)77 3880 5780 – Mob-Ex 3721
E n.dorigo@arts.ac.uk
www.arts.ac.uk

‘The Other Story’ Online: Digital Exhibition Histories

Are you interested in how contemporary art is presented and then critically received? What do you know about the history of racism in the British art establishment? Would you like participate in the design of a web prototype before its public launch?

I am looking to work with a cross-course team of students to develop an interactive digital platform for documenting and re-activating a highly significant exhibition of contemporary art that took place in 1989: ‘The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain’. This exhibition, which first took place at the Hayward Gallery in London, will be mapped visually and spatially online, and then shared with the public for interactive engagement – and I seek a team to collaborate with me on all of this.

We will initially meet on Wednesday afternoons during May, 2pm to 4pm at Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross (D105 on 4 May, D109 on 11 May, D111 on 18 May, D117 on 25 May). Welcoming visiting specialists, including the web developer at work on this project, artists who participated in the show and hopefully its curator, Rasheed Araeen, the discussion will be enriched by your participation. Please come along to the first class, 2pm 4 May in KX D105 to learn more – and don’t hesitate to ask any questions beforehand.

My best,

Lucy
Dr Lucy Steeds

l.steeds@csm.arts.ac.uk

Pathway Leader, MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, Central Saint Martins

Editor, Afterall Books: Exhibition Histories, Central Saint Martins

           The Mead, Rome PhD Studio Residency 2016

Description of the Residency

The Mead, Rome PhD Studio Residency is a valuable opportunity for PhD students studying at UAL. The successful candidates will live and work at the British School at Rome (the BSR) that offers excellent studio, living and library facilities, as well as joining its vibrant community of other scholars and artists*. This is a superb opportunity for students to research and focus on their work away from normal pressures, and to use the BSR as a base to explore Rome.

More information about the BSR can be found at http://www.bsr.ac.uk

3 residencies, each of 1 month duration, will be awarded. 1 residence will take place in July and 2 residencies will take place in September of 2016. The duration of each residence is 28 days and their respective arrival and departure dates are:

4 – 31 July

1 – 29 September

 

Eligibility

UAL post-registration PhD students who are practice based and will be able to utilise the studio.

 

Submission

  • In your application, please give an account of how a residency at the BSR would benefit your studio practice and your PhD project, how you plan to use your time there and contribute to the BSR research community. The BSR research statement highlights that it welcomes ‘Practice led research in fine art that engages with the research ethos and community at the British School in Rome.’
  • This statement must be submitted as a 2 page, PDF with a 500-word text, plus images.
  • Please include the name of your Director of Studies in your application. If you are shortlisted your DoS will be contacted for a letter of recommendation.
  • Please indicate any months you could not do if your application is successful.
  • Send your PDF to m.finch@csm.arts.ac.uk by 5pm , Monday 2 May 2016 and title your email ‘Mead/Rome’.

*   The successful candidates will have access to an en-suite studio and all the usual BSR facilities – although please note that access to the Library is restricted for part of July.

The residency is officially uncatered however residents are very welcome to come to breakfast when it is served (usually not the last couple of days in July and  first few of September).  They are also welcome to sign up for Lunches, Dinners and Special Dinners at the standard BSR rates (€15/20/25 respectively) which will be charged as taken.

The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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