Call for Papers

Sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics and British Psychological Society, London & Home Counties branch

5:30pm-8pm Thursday 30 June and 9am-6pm Friday 1 July 2016
London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, W1G 0BJ


Confirmed Keynote Speakers
 Professor Claus-Christian Carbon (Psychology, Bamberg)
 Cynthia Freeland (Philosophy, Houston)


Jason Kass, Carolyn Mair (London College of Fashion) and Aaron Meskin (University of Leeds)

The Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds and the Psychology group at London College of Fashion are pleased to announce the hosting of an interdisciplinary conference on the aesthetic and psychological issues raised by fashion. The conference will be hosted by London College of Fashion and is sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics and the British Psychological Society, London & Home Counties branch.

Fashion has received little attention from psychologists and philosophical aestheticians. The neglect of psychology and philosophy by the fashion world is just as glaring. But there are substantive issues within the fashion world that would benefit from the attention of psychologists and philosophers of art. In recent years, philosophical aesthetics has been invigorated by an engagement with the cognitive sciences. It has also benefited from close attention to the workings of particular forms and media. This conference seeks to follow that path by bringing together philosophical aestheticians and fashion experts with psychologists.

We invite talk proposals on any topic relevant to the conference theme. Please send an abstract (450-500 words) suitable for anonymous review as an attachment to and include in the main text of the email the following: paper title, contact information, and current affiliation (if applicable).

In writing your abstract, please bear in mind that full papers should be suitable for a 30-40 minute presentation.

The submission deadline is 31 January 2016.

Members of traditionally underrepresented groups in academia and junior scholars are warmly encouraged to apply. We aim to be a family-friendly and child-friendly conference and we will do our best to help with childcare needs.

Further questions can be directed to Aaron Meskin at:






CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – AIMS & OBJECTIVES: As the second stage in our EU funded ’Made@EU’ Creative Europe project, Plymouth College of Art are offering between 3 and 5 subsidized residencies to a value of between £1000 and £4000 each for creative professionals to develop projects that explore the integration of 3-D digital fabrication systems into their processes of design and production, to realize a new outcome. While we envisage the projects as operating within the £1-4K range, we will consider applications whose budgets might go a little beyond the £4K ceiling in order to support a particularly outstanding project.

The residency call is geared to highly motivated creatives who will develop projects that exhibit innovative formal, technical, aesthetic, social, or economic achievements, within their form(s) of practice.

In return Plymouth College of Art will, depending on project requirements, offer access and support to an array of appropriate traditional creative processes, plus a suite of computer-controlled tools. We envisage the residencies lasting from anything from 3 weeks continuous to, for example, 1 week per month for 3 months. The residencies can be Part Time or Full Time, with flexible schedules to be agreed with applicants, according to the project proposed.

Selected candidates will also have opportunities to show their completed project work in a range of national and international exhibition and dissemination events that will take place from the summer of 2016 on.



Research as Gesture – Workshop 1


What is working in the here and now? The making of art and the undoing of ‘research’

 The term ‘research’ is now commonly deployed at all levels of Fine Art teaching. But, in what way does the term have ‘critical’ purchase and in what way does any kind of critical purchase offer the possibility of questioning its own parameters for research?

What is working in the here and now? proposes to forge a critique of the presuppositions underlying these continuing discussions through a series of workshop seminars with invited artists, and writers.

Professor Adrian Rifkin and John Seth will be presenting and hosting 4 Workshops/Seminars over the Spring and Summer Term on the topic of research as gesture.


Workshop 1: Figures of research or research as figure

Wednesday 13 January, 5:30, Room C303, CSM, KX

The series will begin with asking ‘What anyway is any research and what is it looking for?’


Book here:



Research As Gesture is open to all UAL Doctoral Students. Spaces are limited.


Research As Gesture is supported by the Art Programme at CSM .

The Social – IAVC Conference

Call for Papers

THE SOCIAL is the title of the 4th International Association for Visual Culture Biennial Conference (IAVC2016@Boston). IAVC2016@Boston invites papers, presentations, interventions, collaborations, and events from researchers, artists, academics, curators, and activists on post-democracy, post-society, anger, violence, future visions, crisis, zombie democracies, social media, neo-slavery, post-capitalism, post-data, social evolution, revolution, actionism, post-state, interventionism, cannibalizing corporativism, post-colonialism, economic vampirism, neo-serfs, globalized thievery, art activism, red art, insurrectional art and social exploitation.

Analyses that explore the current failures or failing status of contemporary society and its revolts will take the form of events, panels and exhibitions in Athens, Istanbul, London, New York and internationally, leading up to the main conference on September 29th, 30th and October 1st, 2016 in Boston.

Visions of social democracy, visualization of the contemporary economic crisis, interpretations and analysis of revolts, data enslavement and rebellious usages of contemporary digital media are all parts of some of the projects and papers that we invite contributors to present.

The conference wishes to challenge and alter traditional academic interpretations and deal passionately with issues and topics that analyze, describe and envision ways and means to engage with what is left of the concept of society and social values in order to create a ‚world picture’ of contemporary times.

The conference is divided in 6 half-day Sections – each one corresponding to a sub-theme within the larger structure. These sub-themes are conceived in the broadest possible sense and will accommodate a variety of perspectives and interpretations from a wide range of fields.


Social Incarceration

What does participation mean within contemporary post-democratic societies if entire social groups are disenfranchised and isolated within the boundaries of visible and invisible ghettoes? This section will analyze a wide range of issues related to participation or the lack thereof ranging from the blacklivesmatter movement to minority’s economic and social incarceration.

Keynote: Prof. Vincent Brown, Harvard University


Reverberations of Art, Politics and Violence from the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean has become symptomatic of the global tensions of contemporary society with the unresolved economic, social, political, migratory and religious conflicts that are reverberating across the world. What are the reflections that the United States of America as well as European States can drawn from these conflicts which continue to escalate and that are visually and culturally represented by what appear to be incoherent and divisive narratives?

Keynote: TBA


The Social in visual culture

What role does visual culture play in the social and what role does the social play in contemporary visual culture? In an increasingly politicized, divided and polarized world, this Section will propose that the idea of THE SOCIAL needs a re-contextualization in order to understand if the social still represents a value or has become the chain that subjugates people within unfair governmental systems.

Keynote: TBA


Post-Society and Financial Exsanguination

The collapse of western democracies and the raising of post-democracy as an expression of post-society and post-citizenship has become the characterizing feature of the 21st century. Theories are abound from post-scarcity economy to post-capitalistic vampirism, but what is the role, if any, of visual culture in creating a new vision of the economic/post-capitalist world beyond frameworks of utopia and dystopia?

Keynote: TBA


Revolutions, Free Speech, Radicalization and Social Media

Have contemporary social media ushered in an era of engagement, participation and free speech or one of radicalization, revolution and censorship characterized by political division and confrontation? Is it possible for Visual Culture to argue for a transformational and democratizing role of contemporary social media and technologies as tools can provide the framework for participation, democratic and civil engagement beyond radicalized politics and ideologies?


Art and Society

The public space is the arena where the existence of the social is reaffirming itself and trying to resist the encroaching of post-capitalism. In this emerging post-society, art and visual activisms stand as a form of protest and reaction, reaffirming basic democratic rights which, until a few years ago, were considered as normal and are now portrayed as insurrectional. Can aesthetic actions and reactions in public space reaffirm the importance of the social in increasingly divided and fractured societies?

Keynote: TBA



Please submit a 200-300 word Abstracts by February 20, 2016 to:

In the subject of your email write the words IAVC2016@Boston followed by the chosen Section for your paper, e.g. IAVC2016@Boston Art and Society.


Please note: you can submit only one Abstract and you should allocate it in the appropriate section.


The Abstract should contain:

  • your name
  • your address
  • your email
  • your affiliation (university or other institution you work for/with):
  • the section you are applying for: e.g. Social Incarceration


Please find a formatted word document that should facilitate your application.



 Abstract submission: February 20, 2016

Temporary Acceptance: March 20, 2016

Full papers: July 30, 2016


Please note that the deadline of July 30 will be enforced. In particular we look forward to receiving the full papers before the conference. The conference will not have traditional presentations but panels and discussions with the audience in the form of a social gathering. In order for these discussions to take place it is important for the ‘presenters’ to have their papers completed in time for them to be circulated to participants beforehand in order for us all to contribute fully to the discussions.


Participatory Design Conference


The 14th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC)
 Aarhus, Denmark, 15 – 19 August 2016


“Participation in an Era of Participation”

The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) is the premier venue for presenting research on the direct involvement of people in the design, development and appropriation of information and communication technology.

PDC brings together a multidisciplinary and international group of researchers and practitioners from fields encompassing a wide range of issues that emerge around cooperative design.

This includes, but is not limited to, Human-Computer Interaction, CSCW (computer supported cooperative work), Co-Design, Design Research, CSCL (computer supported collaborative learning), ICT4D (information and communication technology for development), design Anthropology, design Psychology, design Industry and the Arts.


Please see the full call:



  • Full papers and short papers: February 5th 2016, 23:59 CET.
  • Workshops, tutorials, doctoral colloquium and interactive exhibitions: March 1st 2016, 23:59 CET.




Bilderfahrzeuge Seminars

Seminars on Warburg

You are invited to 2 seminars the details of which are below.

If you would like to attend either, or both of these events, please email:

Mick Finch


Please state which dates you would like to attend and title the email Bilderfahrzeuge.

There are 10 spaces, for each seminar, allocated for PhD students but spaces are limited!


Martin Westwood and Mick Finch have been working in collaboration with the Bilderfahrzeuge research network whose London base is at the Warburg Institute in London. The network sets out to explore the migration of images, objects, commodities, and texts, in short: the migration of ideas in a broad historical and geographical context and in relation to Aby Warburg’s legacy. So far the collaboration has entailed an exhibition at the Warburg Institute, essays produced from a visit to the CSM Study Collection, participation in Headstone to Hard-drive 3 at the British School in Rome.   The collaboration is working toward a colloquium event at the Warburg Haus in Hamburg in June 2016 and an exhibition project for 2018. More information about Bilderfahrzeuge can be found at:


January 20, 5-7pm, C303

Eckart Marchand: Introduction into Aby Warburg and the Warburg Institute’s archive

Hans Christian Hoenes: Perception of pre-historic art in the 1960s

Babette Schnitzlein: Reproductions of recently destroyed artifacts in the Near East


February 24, 5-7pm C303

Change of Date: 2 March, 5-7pm, C303

Reinhard Wendler: On models and questions of scaling

Anna McSweeney: Reproductions of Nefertiti

Philipp Eckardt: Fashion



Adrian Rifkin – Adequate Knowledges

 Central Saint Martins, Room C303 King’s Cross

Wednesday 27th January 2016   17.30


Adequate Knowledges is a series of five ‘talks’ that elaborate readings of certain childhood books.   In this third event of Adrian’s series Adequate Knowledges:


‘Back to 1955, it seems, it seems so hard to move on, in the entanglements of this life and that whole history, of that finished form of history and this unfinished form of life or lives, I will carry on trying to sit one row behind myself and slow things down a little, somewhere back in a space of critique and scholarly disclosure.’



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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