Call for Papers: Film-Philosophy Conference, 2019

It’s my great please to announce the CFP for the 2019 Film-Philosophy
conference to be held at the University of Brighton July 9-11.

We invites proposals for presentations on any subject related to film
and philosophy. There is no single overall theme.

Keynote Speakers:

·Dr Victor Fan
<https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/filmstudies/people/acad/fan/index.aspx>,
King’s College London

·Professor Janet Harbord
<https://www.qmul.ac.uk/sllf/film-studies/people/academic/profiles/harbord.html>,
Queen Mary University London

·Dr Andrew Klevan
<https://www.english.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-andrew-klevan>, University of Oxford

·Associate Professor Jane Stadler
<https://communication-arts.uq.edu.au/profile/366/jane-stadler>,
University of Queensland Australia

We invite individual 300-word abstract proposals to be submitted by *31
January 2019*.

http://www.film-philosophy.com/conference/index.php/conf/FP2019/author/submit

We use a track system that provides a number of broad headings to which
a presenter may wish to attach their submission. There is, of course, an
Open track if you feel that your paper does not fit within any of the
other tracks.

The tracks for 2019 are:

·Open

·Aesthetics

·Documentary

·Emotion and Affect

·Environment and the Screen

·Ethics

·Existentialism

·Feminism

·Film cultures online (blogging, social media, podcasting)

·Film-Philosophy and Education

·Intersectionality

·New Technologies in/of Cinema

·Phenomenology

·Philosophy of Fiction

·Politics and Film-Philosophy

·Realism

·The Film-Philosophy Canon

·Video Essays

·Workshops

We only accept *individual *proposals for presentations of 20 minutes.

*We do not accept group panel proposals *except for Workshops.

The track system allows for papers to group organically around common
themes and approaches.

We are open to workshops that have alternative and innovative formats
that provoke discussion and debate. If you have any ideas for a workshop
– in format or content – please contact the conference director
(D.Llinares@brighton.ac.uk <mailto:D.Llinares@brighton.ac.uk>) before
submitting an official abstract via the website.

We are also planning this year to audio record the keynote speakers and
various panel speakers for an audio journal to be produced after the
conference. If you do not want your paper to be recorded in this way,
please indicate on you abstract submission by putting “DO NOT RECORD” at
the end.

http://www.film-philosophy.com/conference/index.php/conf/FP2019

All abstracts will be considered by at least two members of the
conference committee and decisions will be announced in March 2019.

Accommodation information is available on the conference website.

Please contact the conference director Dr Dario Llinares, University of
Brighton: D.Llinares@brighton.ac.uk <mailto:D.Llinares@brighton.ac.uk>
with any questions.

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CFP SAS 2019 – 31st Edition of the Society for Animation Studies Conference – Amination is a Place

We are proud to announce that Lusofona University in Lisbon will host the 31st Edition of the Society for Animation Studies Conference.

SAS holds an annual conference at a different international location each year. The upcoming Annual Conference will be held June 17-21, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

For over a century, the art of the moving image has captured and reconstructed our surroundings, simultaneously reassuring and questioning our perception(s) of the real.

Under the theme ANIMATION IS A PLACE , the 31st SAS conference aims to celebrate animation as one of the most vital contemporary forms of visual expression.

We invite practitioners and scholars to address animation as a privileged space within the realm of the moving image, a unique position that allows animators to not only create imaginary worlds but also, importantly, to look at and challenge the world we live in.

Although we welcome submissions on any topic within the field of Animation Studies, this year we particularly welcome a focus on animation practice and theory as a reflection of its time and place, as a tool of cultural expression, and invite proposals to respond to a wide range of topics:

The Impact Of Geography And/Or Cultural Identity On Animation Production

Independent Animation: Case Studies

Globalisation and The Rise Of International Co-Productions: A Platform To Sustain Small Industries Or A Homogenizing Agent Of Aesthetics And Content?

Teaching And Learning: An Education In Animation And Animation In Education

Spatial Constructions: Animation, Architecture, And Place

Expanded Animation, Beyond The Screen: Public Space, Installation,
Exhibition…

Practice-Based Animation Research

Documentary Animation

Animation As Therapy

Animation And Gender, Gendered Geographies

Sonic Landscapes – Sound And Composition In Animation

Cross-Disciplinary And Interdisciplinary Approaches To Animation,
Including Sociological And Anthropological Perspectives

We also inform that the call for papers is already open. All interested
individuals should submit the abstract to:
https://congressos.leading.pt/geral/inserirresumo.aspx?evento=56&formulario=128&lingua=en-GB,
*the deadline is December 21st 2018. *

Proposals will be blind reviewed by a panel of SAS members, and
acceptance will be announced by the end of January, 2019. Please be
aware that spaces for presentations are limited. Late proposals will not
be considered until all other proposals have been read. Late proposals
and non-members of SAS at the time of submission will be given lower
consideration.

You will need to be a fully paid member of the SAS to present at the
conference, but you can submit a proposal for consideration even if you
are not currently a member.

Membership/renewal in the Society for Animation Studies for 2019 is
mandatory for all conference presenters.
For more information on the Society, go to www.animationstudies.org

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Call for (re)presentations: FILMIC FORMS AND PRACTICES OF AUTOCHTHONOUS STRUGGLES. Paris, February 27-28, April 8-9, May 2-3, 2019, La Fémis / PSL Research University

Call for (re)presentations

These three colloquia set out to bring together filmmakers, activists, and researchers to discuss the use of film and media technologies in the social movements of autochthonous populations. In the company of those involved in these communities and social movements, our aim is to map the film and media forms and practices employed within recent and ongoing autochthonous struggles. These exchanges will investigate the different situations and experiences that produce these filmic forms, their vernacular histories and roles within these political and social movements of resistance. The colloquia are organized under the auspices of the research project “For a Global Study of Filmic Practices within Autochthonous Struggles,” lead by Nicole Brenez at the French national film school La Fémis and funded by PSL Research University’s Global Studies initiative.

 

We are looking for proposals for both presentations that fit the more traditional academic format of a 20-minute talk, but also experimental forms. The latter can entail media works or performance pieces, presented and/or performed either in person or submitted to the organizers to be screened/played (video, sound recording) or as notes and directions to be interpreted by the bodies and voices of those present at the events. The proposals for presentations and experimental forms should follow the themes of one of the following events.

 

#1: Autochthonous Cinema against Occupations [North America]

February 27-28, 2019, with

– Alanis Obomsawin (filmmaker and musician)

– Myron Dewey (filmmaker and activist, Digital Smoke Signals)

– Sky Hopinka (filmmaker and visual artist)

 

#2: A Long View on Colonizing Practices and their Amnesia [Pacific/West Indies]

April 8-9, 2019, with:

– John Gianvito (filmmaker and professor at Emerson College)

– Myrla Baldonado (activist, Pilipino Workers Center)

 

#3: Autochthonous Futures, Our Future [Oceania/North America]

May 2-3, 2019, with:

– Karrabing Film Collective (artist and activist collective)

– Lisa Rave (filmmaker and visual artist)

– Erik Blinderman (filmmaker and visual artist)

 

 

The research project and its central concerns

 

Collectively, we aim to create a space for the study and promotion of the role and forms of filmic and media practices, enlisted during times of adversity when the effects of global processes intersect with the lives of indigenous and rural communities.

These autochthonous communities – their identity and ways of life embedded in deep historical and cultural bonds to their lands – are often the first in line to bear witness, suffer and endure political disenfranchisement, state violence, economic exploitation, pollution and contamination of lands and living beings, environmental injustice, expropriation, and displacement. Behind these experiences and instances of plight are large-scale ecological, macroeconomic, and geopolitical processes, which take decades or centuries to play out, encompass continents, and whose origins are largely human. An environmental catastrophe, a negative economic development, or a series of hostile political decisions can lead to situations of intense distress and struggle where autochthonous communities need to mobilize in order to ensure their existence and protect their environment. During these times of conflict, they require tools to frame and render tangible the impacts of global processes. In creating and employing compelling figurative and representational forms, the communities can make their voices heard and raise awareness about their causes, allowing them to reach society at large, which bears a great share of responsibility in begetting and sustaining large-scale processes. Since the 1960s, many of these communities have made use of various media practices as a way to document and engage with the struggles they are involved in.

We are interested in studying how the act of image and sound making becomes a part of the dynamic of the struggle; what effect do the filmic and media practices have on the course of the struggle; how are the figurative and representational forms conceived and adapted to the particular situation; in what ways does the community participate in or influence the process of devising these forms; how are the works lent a historical depth, given a sense of the larger processes at work, while also conveying the urgency of the situation; how and where are the resulting works distributed and what is their effect both within the community and outside?

 

 

Colloquia

 

Colloquium #1 – Autochthonous Cinema against Occupations [North America]

This first meeting will examine the filmic tactics developed by the autochthonous resistance movements in response to land spoliations and the extraction and transportation projects of the mining and petroleum industry. In their masterclasses, filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin of the Abenaki nation, activist and videographer Myron Dewey of the Newe-Numah and Paiute-Shoshone nations, and filmmaker Sky Hopinka of the Ho-Chunk and Pechanga nations, will reflect on the confrontations between autochthonous communities and armed forces in Oka, in 1990, and at Standing Rock, between 2015 and 2017. Both the Oka Crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at once lay bare the willingness of the government to forcefully deprive the autochthonous communities of their rights and demonstrate how employing filmic practices and media tactics allows the communities to represent themselves and their plight. The proposals for this section could focus on filmic practices developed during these ongoing struggles or on the diversity of filmic forms related to intertribal and pan-Amerindian political movements in North America.

 

Colloquium #2 – A Long View on Colonizing Practices and their Amnesia [Pacific/West Indies]

These two days will be dedicated to the constitution of a first cartography and chronology of filmic practices that document the ongoing autochthonous struggles in the regions historically marked by the colonial influence and practices of the United States. Collective amnesia regarding the colonial history of the Philippines will be the starting point of this colloquium. Filmmaker and professor of visual and media arts at Emerson College, John Gianvito will discuss the films where he explores the political and visual history of American imperialism. Activist Myrla Baldonado, one of the founders of the NGO People’s Task Force for Bases Clean-Up (PTFBC) in the Philippines, will present the history of collective local and international mobilizations against the U.S. military bases Clark and Subic. The conversation will then be extended to all contemporary autochthonous struggles in the Pacific and the West Indies: Okinawa, Micronesia, Philippines, Hawaii, Puerto Rico. We are inviting proposals that will take an empirical or historical (from 1980 to today) perspective on those issues. Special attention will be given to proposals dealing with social mobilizations against American bases, on filmic practices of contemporary environmental struggles in the Pacific or Caribbean regions, as well as on insurgent movements in the southern Philippines.

 

Colloquium #3 – Autochthonous Futures, Our Future [Oceania/North America]

During this last meeting, we will reflect on the filmic, collective, and essayistic forms that represent the present-day experiences of autochthonous communities in contexts marked by the contamination of ancestral lands and the displacement of populations, and that also explore and employ alternative narratives, forms of history, and ideas of coexistence. Karrabing Film Collective will present its work borne of its community in Northern Australia, and filmmakers Lisa Rave and Erik Blinderman will talk about their investigation on Yucca Mountain, a Western Shoshone territory in Nevada, which has been the subject of a continuous colonization process since the Ruby Valley Treaty in 1863. As part of this discussion – extended to the autochthonous peoples of Oceania and North America – the proposals could consider filmic forms that document the intensive exploitation of natural resources and the threats it poses to both autochthonous and all of our futures. Presentations exploring filmic forms that incorporate the ideas of uchronia, utopia, and futurism will be appreciated.

 

 

Two forms of presentation

 

Our wish is to include in our discussions all possible voices. Therefore, this call is open to both academics and non-academics alike, to those who either study the issues related to this research project or those who are involved in and touched by the experiences of struggle. We thus welcome contributions that follow a traditional 20-minute academic presentation but also proposals for experimental forms where the author(s) have a wide range of means to convey ideas and experiences.

 

Academic presentations

Besides exploring the issues articulated above, or discussing the work of one of the invited filmmakers or collectives, the academic presentations may address one or several of the following themes:

– Histories of filmic practices. A study of the practices and/or legacies (archival or other) of an individual filmmaker or an activist collective.

– Empirical and ethnographic study of filmmaking, exhibition, and reception practices.

– Issues and forms of ‘visual sovereignty’ (Michelle Raheja). Ethics of shooting, decision making processes relative to what and when can or cannot be represented (e.g. ceremonial rituals, behind-the-scenes deliberations).

– Technical autonomy and technological sovereignty. Filmmaking and media production in situations marked by digital divide and in the conditions of surveillance and tracking across content and social media platforms.

– Financing and distribution of films. Government funding, aboriginal media and television stations, self-financing, and the impact of these forms of production on filmmaking and the autonomy of the filmmakers.

– Appropriation and adaptation of film and media technologies. Studies on past and “new ways to indigenizing film and technology through Indigenous Eyes” (Myron Dewey).

– The historicity of images and their ability to capture the evolving conditions of autochthonous struggles. The capacity of films at once to document the urgency (occurrences of state violence) and to construct in the long run the vernacular memories of autochthonous struggles.

– Sonic ecology of struggles. Oral histories, chants and protest songs in films.

– Uchronia, utopia, futurism. The futures and alternative realities – imagined, forgotten, or reinvented by the filmic practices of autochthonous struggles.

 

Experimental forms 

We invite proposals for experimental forms that can be constituted of media works (e.g. moving image, sound), involve a performance (e.g. monologue, dialogue, reenactment, dramatization). To encourage and facilitate the participation of those who are unable to travel to Paris, we also welcome proposals for performative forms that could be staged and directed from a distance following notes submitted by the author(s). For the latter, the author(s) would have at their disposal the bodies and voices of the organizers and participants of the colloquia and the entire space where the event takes place (depending on the day, a movie theater, a conference room).

The piece can last up to 20 minutes. The authors can use the language of their choice while the non-English works should be accompanied by an English translation. Thematically, the authors have complete freedom in their proposals as long as they touch upon the central concerns of this research project and follow the regional boundaries of one the three colloquia. For works to be directed from a distance, the organizers commit to discuss the directions/staging beforehand and, if necessary, organize a rehearsal. The performative forms could be filmed/recorded by the organizers following the authors’ instructions and within the technical means at our disposal. The unedited rushes will then be sent to the authors who can freely archive, edit, or distribute these materials.

The proposals for experimental forms should specify:

– the form of the piece (sound recording, video, dialogue…);

– the technical and/or human means necessary for the production of the piece (number of participants, props, technical requirements for the presentation of sound and moving images…);

– a 300-word summary of the performance/stage piece;

– if applicable, indications as to the recording and possible uses of the materials.

The authors should be aware of the aforementioned constraints, the specificity of the resources at their disposal, adapt their works to them accordingly, and keep in mind the importance of notations and instructions to be included with their final work if it is to be directed from a distance.

In order to ensure that the work be presented in the best possible conditions the final work should be received by the organizers at the latest three weeks before the event.

 

 

Calendar and Practical Questions

Please submit your proposal before December 1, 2018, to: alopai@hotmail.com and larcherj@hotmail.fr. The proposals should specify the chosen colloquium, the presentation’s format (performance / video / academic presentation, etc.), include a summary of the academic presentation (500 words) or the experimental form (300 words), a short biographical note, and, if applicable, the human and/or technical means necessary for the production/presentation of the work. The participants will be notified of acceptance by December 17, 2018, and the final program will be published on January 20, 2019. We are unfortunately unable to provide financial aid, the participants will assume transportation and accommodation expenses. For any questions regarding the presentations please write to the email addresses above.

 

 

Organizing committee 

– Nicole Brenez (La Fémis / Sorbonne Nouvelle)
– Daniel Cefaï (EHESS)
– Giovanni Careri (EHESS)
– Jonathan Larcher (EHESS)
– Sébastien Lechevalier (EHESS)
– Ricardo Matos Cabo (Independent film programmer)
– Alo Paistik (EHESS)
– Perrine Poupin (EHESS)
– Caroline San Martin (La Fémis)
– Skaya Siku (Academia Senica)
– Marko Tocilovac (EHESS)
– Barbara Turquier (La Fémis)
– Eric Wittersheim (EHESS)

CFP: The South Asia Graduate Student Conference XVI, U. Chicago, March 8-9, 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

The South Asia Graduate Student Conference XVI
The University of Chicago, March 8–9, 2019

The organizing committee of the South Asia Graduate Student Conference at the University of Chicago is delighted to announce its sixteenth annual conference, South Asia: The Political, the Public, the Popular, to be held on March 8–9, 2019. We invite papers from graduate students at all levels to explore these categories in contemporary and historical South Asia.

In tracing the development of the political, the public, and the popular, we wish to interrogate both their mutually constitutive character and the limitations of their intersection. As these concepts have become increasingly widespread in scholarship on South Asia, we ask whether they require a distinct theorization that accounts for their application in the region. This year’s conference will take place a month before the general election in India and in the wake of major elections in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, posing the timely question of how democratic processes engage in and shape political life, the public sphere, and popular culture. At the same time, we welcome an understanding of the political that extends beyond governance and institutions to include its construction in and through the arts, mass culture, media, and entertainment.

We invite papers that interrogate topics such as:

  • Institutions, elections, and political representation
  • Politics of public space in everyday life
  • Censorship and regulation of popular culture
  • Mass communication and political mobilization
  • Religion and the politics of populism
  • Mass culture and art forms in the public sphere
  • Cinema, politics, and movie-going publics
  • Gender, caste, minorities, and subaltern counterpublics
  • Environmentalism in popular culture
  • South Asia and the global public sphere
  • Theorizations of “the political” in South Asia

Keynote speakers for the conference are Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, and Pamela Philipose, the public editor of the Indian news website The Wire.

Graduate students at any level and any stage of research are encouraged to apply. Past conferences have accepted papers from such diverse fields as cinema and media studies, history, political science, literature, environmental studies, religious studies, art history, science studies, philosophy, anthropology, and sound and visual studies, but we welcome all disciplinary approaches and methodologies. Interested applicants should send a 250-word abstract to sagsc2019@gmail.com by January 4, 2019, and should apply as individuals, not as panels. Presentations should be 15–20 minutes long. Conference organizers will assist with travel and lodging for selected participants. Please write to us at the above address with any questions.

Download the CFP Flyer here

Organizing Committee:
Andrew Halladay, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Titas De Sarkar, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Zoya Sameen, Department of History

Faculty Advisor:
Laura Letinsky, Professor, Department of Visual Arts

See webpage

CFP: ‘Innovations in the Social Sciences and Humanities’ at HCMC, Vietnam

Innovations in the Social Sciences and Humanities

4th and 5th of October 2019.
Ho Chi Minh City, Socialist republic of Vietnam

Welcome to the website for the conference Innovations in the Social Sciences and Humanities, jointly organised by The University of Trieste, Italy; the Universität Leipzig, Germany; National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan; University of Warwick, UK; College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS) at Purdue University Northwest (PNW), USA; and Ton Duc Thang University, Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Conference Venue – Ton Duc Thang University

Address: 19 Nguyen Huu Tho Street, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Invitation and Call for papers:

For the International Conference 4-5 October 2019 at Ton Duc Thang University,HCMC, Vietnam, we would like to hear from those working on innovative approaches to public engagement in the social sciences and humanities. Methodological, empirical, archival or conceptual-theoretical work is encouraged, especially where a keen interest in application, consequence, practice or outcome is involved. Sometimes this is called impact on the one side, or intervention on the other, but we are nevertheless interested in all inquiries and investigations which advance the emancipatory possibilities of scholarship in a radically changed global context.

Social and cultural practices in both modern life and in the preservation of historical memory, could suitably connect sociology, social work, history, ethno-anthropology (museums, exhibitions, fairs, monuments, collective ceremonies), cultural tourism, eco-preservation policies, and other urgent contemporary social issues. Comparative studies are welcome, but not the only focus. We are especially interested in deep and detailed studies which have wider significance and suggestions for ‘best practice’. After many years of ‘interdisciplinarity’, or at least talk about this, we are interested to see examples where this works well in practice. We can assume all studies are comparative and interdisciplinary in a way, and all certainly have consequences, implications…

We are especially keen to hear from those working in three overlapping areas of engaged activity: these may be people working as anthropologists, historians, museum and preservation/heritage studies; cultural geographers, sociologists and in cultural studies; or on border studies, migrant labor and workplace and institutional inquiries. Our themes will interact within the structure of the conference, but we are keen in particular to go deeply into each area.

With Innovations in Public Engagement we anticipate discussions of the ways scholarship might best go about communicating in public the experience of the past and of human, cultural and environmental diversity, including technological and bio-political innovations and their contemporary reshaping of pasts and presents. Challenges to questions of who produces scholarship and why, for whom and by whom, can apply to past and present uses of knowledge, where the models of research and inquiry are actively reworked in the face of new public demands.

With Historical/contemporary practices and policies we seek to address issues related to contemporary forms of social conflict, including unequal citizenship and new racisms, the rise of right-wing populist movements and infiltration of religious power in secular governmentality, migrant workers as neoliberal slavery, questions of human trafficking and refugees, developmentalism and environmental pollution, crony capitalism and geo-economic zoning politics.

With Innovations of methodology, training and new skills for the future it seems to us crucial that our work respond to rapid reconfigurations of the very possibility and consequences of engaged social sciences and humanities scholarship. Whether the changing context is imposed by governments by industry or by civil society, when we deal with institutional change and competitive and imperative demands, we do need to develop new tools for knowledge(s) and new sensibilities/sensitivities. Education, reform and responsiveness, new skills and objectives, new modes of investigation and teaching in general. An urgent and targeted focus on how scholarship might remain relevant and critical in the face of global trends – funding cuts, social constraints, new demands, new conservatism, and crises of certitude.

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam will be our venue, but it need not necessarily be the context or focus of all papers, nor are comparative, or East-West or ‘post’ or neo-colonial framings always to be foregrounded in the papers. We are interested however in papers that encourage us to think anew about the implications of where we are and about how to re-orient humanities and social sciences scholarship in contexts where rising tensions in East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia call on us to innovate and apply once more.

On acceptance of your paper, we will provide you a letter of acceptance or an invitation letter for your visa application to Vietnam or financial sponsorship from your institution. Therefore, you are encouraged to submit your paper at the earliest time possible.

Language:

The conference proceedings and papers will be in English.

Important dates:

  • Abstract Submission: By February 28th, 2019
  • Notification of Paper Acceptance: Before March 30th, 2019
  • Full Paper Submission: By May 30th, 2019
  • Registration and Payment by: August 20th, 2019 (early bird discounts apply)
  • Conference Dates: October 4th– 5th, 2019

We look forward to receiving your contributions and kindly ask you to disseminate the call to your colleagues who may be interested in participating the conference.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at issh2019@tdtu.edu.vn if you need any further information.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Joyce C.H. Liu (National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan)
  • Professor Virinder Kalra (Warwick University, UK)
  • Professor Ursula Rao (Universität Leipzig, Germany)
  • Professor Stephen Muecke (The University of Adelaide)
  • Professor Elaine Carey (CHESS: Purdue University Northwest);

 

The conference themes are organised in three overlapping streams

(section chairs will report back to the other streams at the end of each day):

 

1. Innovations in Public Engagement

  • Memory and Public history
  • Problems of Representation for and by who?
  • Knowledge and Inquiries

2. Historical/contemporary practices and policies

  • New approaches in studies of social conflict issues
  • Perspectives on new methods, inquiries, engagements.
  • Rethinking the tools of scholarship in new times.
  • Tourism studies, international, national, local/global cultural markets.

3. Innovations of methodology, training and new skills for the future

  • New studies of production and consumption of place
  • Tourism studies, international, national, local/global cultural markets.
  • Education and national futures, continuity, start-up, renewal, change.
  • Ecology and environment, people, animals, plants

 

Publishing opportunities

Accepted and presented abstracts/papers will be published in the conference proceeding. Presenters of full papers will have opportunities to publish their papers in either a special issue of the journal Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, in Social Identities, or in a special book-length volume of essays from the University of Trieste Press.

See conference website

CFP: Conference “Towards Extinction, To Ward Off Extinction” at CECILLE, Lille, France

Towards Extinction, To Ward Off Extinction

An International Conference organised by CECILLE (Centre d’Etudes en Civilisations, Langues et Lettres Étrangères)

 

7-9 November 2019
Université de Lille SHS, France

Convened by: Thomas Dutoit (CECILLE), Sarah Jonckheere (CECILLE/IdA), and Laura Lainväe (EMMA)

Keynote speakers:
Sarah Wood, co-editor and advisory board of OLR and Angelaki, UK

Jesse Oak Taylor, University of Washington, USA

 

Towards Extinction, To Ward Off Extinction

 

More than 99 percent of all species that have inhabited the Earth are estimated to be extinct (Beverly Peterson Stearns and Stephen C. Stearns). Hence, extinction cannot be reduced to futuristic scenarios only: it is at same time present (species are going extinct right now), present in absence (with the traces left behind by past extinctions), and awaiting in the future (extinction of multiple species and their habitats because of the human-caused climate change). Those past, present, and future extinctions construct a complex web of life and death, of coexistence and coextinction.

Extinction is thus an event that is complex, multiple, and haunting, if only because of the ambivalent responses it draws forth. On the one hand, doomsayers express a self-annihilating desire for extinction and consider that humanity is fast-set on a fateful, timely death-course. On the other hand, eco-minded people still hope to find that railroad switch which would allow for a last-minute alteration of mankind’s trajectory. This desire for the quenching out of the human race, along with the concomitant attempts at averting the end, might be symptomatic of the very uncanniness and plurality of extinction itself.

More generally, this attraction/repulsion reaction towards extinction might in fact point to the way one can approach it: to make the unavoidable avoidable, one ought to think about it; in other words, it is necessary to extend one’s thoughts towards extinction in order to ward off extinction. Thought radiates at the core of extinction.

One might argue that it is lack of thinking, and more importantly lack of thinking otherness (i.e.non-human species), coupled with a sinister capitalistic greed, that brought about the Anthropocene: indeed, as early as the Industrial Era, man’s inherently constitutive role in the fashioning of the then-discovered geological record became evident. Extinction was thereby written into our modern concept of time. Even as the concept of anthropogenic agency emerged, mankind’s invention of modern science, and especially evolution, had a gory impact upon animals, violently translating them into species and media through brutal processes of killing, excoriating, eviscerating, etc. (Jesse Oak Taylor).[1]

As humans, we need to be aware of our power to rewrite the earth with pollution, overfarming, deforestation etc.; but we should not forget that we are not only the infamous influencers of the earth, but also the readers of the earth: reading the geological strata, reading fossils, reading animal traces, and reading the consequences of climate change.

One might even aver that the next great extinction is a literary event:it can always only, and by definition, be imagined because if it were to happen actually, there would be no humans left to do the imagining.

This conference will attempt to open up new avenues to alter our ways of thinking about the earth and thinking about otherness in a more eco-responsible way: instead of wounding, the emphasis will be put on caring, on caring for the other, and with the other. Underlying this conference is the urgent need to undermine and decentre all anthropocentric views of human exceptionalism in order to reassess such notions as empathy and responsibility: how can one (take) care and be responsible for the earth? How can we implement an environmental ethics in order to stave off extinction? How does extinction force us to be responsible, not only for present-day non-human species but also to take responsibility and respond for dead species? How can literature make us more responsible readers and writers of the earth?

 

We welcome 20-minute papers that could include but are not limited to the following topics across a wide range disciplinary areas:

 

  • thinking extinction, extinction as possibility of impossibility, or impossibility of possibility
  • ambivalence of extinction
  • records and traces of extinction
  • sensationality of extinction
  • extinction and cinema
  • climate change and extinction
  • extinction and repetition
  • literature, responsibility, and extinction
  • extinction and responsibility

Proposals of about 300 words together with a short biographical note (50 words) in Word or PDF format should be sent to towards.extinction.lille2019@gmail.com by January 1st, 2018. Files should be named and submitted in the following manner:

Submission.FirstNameLastName.docx (or .doc or .pdf)

 

Example:“Submission.JaneDoe.docx”


[1]As Jesse Oak Taylor explains, “[i]n order for species to take shape, animals first had to become specimens. The “type” had to be abstracted from the individual life as that life was converted physically and violently into a sign (“Tennyson’s Elegy for the Anthropocene: Genre, Form, and Species Being).

CFP: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference 2019

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society
​Call for Paper

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​THEME STATEMENT

FLUID CIRCUITS:  CULTURES OF KNOWLEDGE AFTER THE DIGITAL TURN

The IACS network is now over two decades old, and this is the first time the IACS biennial conference is being held in the Philippines. It is also only the third time the conference has come to South-East Asia, after Singapore 2013 and Surabaya 2015.

Powered by the notion of ‘South-East-Asia’ as a cultural and political imaginary, this IACS Conference dwells on the complexities and possibilities of connection – over water, land, air and cyberspace. An archipelagic gravity contributes to grounding the subterranean flows that have marked the region for centuries, and that take on other dimensions under newer regimes of globalization. As twentieth-century concerns about rights, citizenship, nationalism, and cultural identity are replayed and transformed in the twenty-first, and in the digital realm, the landscape of the region, and the geographies of Inter-Asia involvement, are re-configured. At the same time, the emergent dystopias and promises afforded by the digital present themselves for our reckoning. As older ways of thinking about self and society give way to identities converging in and through these ‘fluid circuits’ of dis/connection, how may we re-imagine the task of cultural studies?

From the perspective of key concerns of Philippine cultural politics, we present a set of thematics through which we invite conference participants to situate their work and engage with our common issues.

Plenary Panels: 

  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Identity
  • Politics of Language and Translation
  • Techno-cultures

Sub-themes:

  • Art-making in the 21st Century: Practices, Traditions, Futures
  • Catastrophe and Resilience
  • Cultural Politics of Tourism and Heritage
  • Archiving Local Knowledges
  • Post-Cold-War geo-politics
  • Cultural Policy and Community
  • Film, Media and Cultural Change
  • Social Media and Technologies of Intimacy
  • Gender and Religious Identity
  • Cyber-politics and the Cultures of Governance

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

A. Individual Papers

  • While we prefer panel proposals, we will be accepting individual paper proposals, on condition that author(s) would accept our decision on the organization of relevant papers into panels and the right to reorganize panels due to withdrawals and other contingencies
  • Individual paper proposals must be submitted electronically via the below submission system.
  • Before starting the below proposal submission, please prepare details to fill in proposal application form: paper title, 300 word abstract, participant’ name, institution, email, and nationality.

B. RoundTables

  • Roundtables allow a group of participants to convene with the goal of generating discussion around a shared concern. Roundtables are limited to no more than five participants, including the organizer. We encourage roundtables involving participants from different institutions, organizations, and countries.
  • Proposals for roundtables must include: roundtable title; a description of the position statements, questions, or debates that will be under discussion; and the names, titles, affiliations, email addresses, nationalities of the proposed roundtable organiser and participants.

IMPORTANT DATES

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The 2019 Conference Call for Paper is available: https://iacs2019.weebly.com