Call For Papers

A trans- and interdisciplinary event at the University of Hamburg, 1–3 December 2016

The current refugee movements and migration impact on images in many ways. Their presence in the media that show and conceal diverse perspectives on flight and refuge, its causes and consequences, points to the evocational and affective potential of the pictorial. In a drastic escalation of Warburgian image migrations the images themselves are fleeing, accompanying refugees or trying to escape from propagandistic iconoclasms by taking transmedia routes.

Phenomena of the relationship between flight, migration, refuge and images are not new. Refugee movements are an inherent part of human history: Aeneas, with his father Anchises on his shoulders and his son Askanios at his hand, fled the burning Troy, the Israelites fled the oppression in Egypt, the Holy family fled to escape the Slaughter of the Innocents. From the revolt against a political system to war, violence, eviction or hunger that make home a precarious place: the reasons for flight are manyfold. Refugee movements have always produced vast numbers of images, seeking to mirror the suffering of refugees, tracing the routes of escape or pointing to the causes of flight. Images of home, of the loved ones left behind or of a promising future accompany and move those fleeing.

Throughout, idolatric and iconoclastic practices can be observed, practices that suggest a strong and inter- subjectively different affective engagement of agents. Affect influences perception and reception, phenomenal consciousness, control of attentiveness and the construction of meaning. Further, affect motivates actions and is a central factor within embodied perception. The extraordinary potential of images to affect and cause affect plays an important role for their function as carriers of memory and hope, as media of identity construction, and for their strategic and manipulative use in political communication processes. This gives rise to a range of questions:

How do images of flight and fleeing images function within processes of identity construction? How can the relation of affect and image perception be conceptualised? How is the affective potential of images exploited in political and social opinion making? How may the contexts of the production and the reception of images be scrutinised through theories of affect? Are there diachronic or interculturally persistent motifs of particularly affecting character? In what ways do images represent specific socio-cultural and historic concepts of affect?

This fourth event on images and image theory at the University of Hamburg, organised by doctoral students of archaeology, art education, and art history, will encompass lectures, workshops and opportunities for detailed discussion. We are looking in particular for trans- and interdisciplinary contributions that address above questions across any kind of visual media. There is no limitation to specific periods or cultures. Proposals for lectures (30 minutes) or workshops (90 minutes) in German or English may be sent to

post@bildkontexte.de (organisational team: Jacobus Bracker, Ann-Kathrin Hubrich and Stefanie Johns)

by 31 July 2016. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and please include a short academic CV. We welcome proposals not only from established scholars but also young scholars and students. Funding of speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses cannot currently be guaranteed. However, participation in the conference is free of any charge. The conference will take place in the Warburg-Haus in Hamburg and at the University of Hamburg.

PhD in Graphic Communication Design

Notice of an afternoon event at CSM on Wednesday 27 April exploring what a PhD as related to Graphic Communication Design might look like.


We have invited a mix of current research students and staff currently undertaking PhDs and those already with their doctorates to set out their rationales, approaches and something of the broad scope to the territories in which enquiry is located.


Do join us.


For more on our contributors and more detailed booking information please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/phd-graphic-communication-design-tickets-24590137764

Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design

How do technological systems condition creative practices?

In this lecture Daniel Cardoso Llach will discuss his new book Builders of the Vision: Software and the Imagination of Design (Routledge, 2015), an intellectual history of computational design systems linking postwar anxieties and technological utopias with contemporary architecture.

Examining how different architects and theorists such as Nicholas Negroponte and Frank Gehry adopted (and adapted) cold war era technologies and discourses, the lecture will shed light on the origins of computation and software as infrastructural technologies for design, on the ways they have shaped our imagination, and propose ways to operate critically and creatively within them.


For more info and to book your place:


This talk organised by the Informed Matters Research Group, a UAL CoP comprising academic and research staff from CCW, CSM, LCC and LCF. The CoP’s focus is to explore models of matter that apply to various art and design practice and how they are changing in the our digital and post-industrial culture.

‘Drawing Narrative’

The next Bartlett Drawing Research series seminar will take place next Friday on the theme: Drawing Narrative


Speakers: Catherine Anyango and Marcela Araguez

Date: Friday 22 April 2016

Time: 4.30 – 6.30pm

Venue: 2.04, 140 Hampstead Road


Please see the eventbrite link for more details:



We look forward to seeing you there!

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













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 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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