Thursday, 28 January 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Deadline for abstracts 7 Feb 2010. Call for conference papers.
Recent thinking by the UK government on the delivery of cultural policy and strategy has acknowledged the vital role that museums occupy in supporting and enhancing cultural and educational provision both regionally and nationally (DCMS 2008). The enormous potential of museums working with HE remains under-explored, under-researched. The conference aims to provide a forum for debate surrounding the policy implications of this work and a platform for discussion of issues and ideas that are relevant to the museum and higher education sectors.
Deadline 15 March 2010. Call for papers.
'Bonds and Borders' is a one-day international postgraduate symposium aiming to explore the challenges and opportunities created by migration and mobility across national, cultural and geographical boundaries. We welcome short papers from any discipline that contribute to the dialogue about geographical, cultural and ideological 'Bonds and Borders.' Presentations may be based on an interdisciplinary or transnational approach, literary or visual representations, political or historical interpretation, or any other relevant approaches. We also invite creative contributions such as from the visual arts or creative writing.
Deadline for abstracts 29 March 2010.
"This is a conference where the main business will be to confer—to explore ideas through discussion and open exchange, in other words, to take part in an enormous brainstorm together! It is concerned with forming and asking the next question rather than reporting on answers to the last question. The conference is constructed around exploring and developing analogies between the four areas of the arts (including music), cybernetics, design and mathematics. Cross-overs between pairs of these subjects have been common, yet the nature of the cross-overs has rarely been examined, nor have all 4 subjects been brought together."
Deadline for abstracts 24 Feb 2010.
"Twenty years ago the world witnessed the most momentous geo-political changes since the end of the Second World War: the fall of the Berlin Wall, the implosion of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the USA as the global superpower. The period of the Cold War (c.1948-89) was one of ideological struggle and profound cultural crisis, no less so than for the discipline of Art History, rooted in the ideals and aspirations of the European Enlightenment. But the crucible of the Cold War also witnessed the re-definition of Art History, the birth of the New Left and a nascent tradition of Cultural Studies."
Monday, 25 January 2010
In the last decade numerous STS trained scholars engaged in a venture of unpacking design practices. Yet, to study the practical course of design means to be simultaneously involved in the subject of politics and in the particular sort of politics that is centred on objects (Latour & Weibel, Making Things Public). Recent studies in political philosophy and STS have argued that politics is not limited anymore to citizens, elections, votes, petitions, ideologies and particular institutionalised conflicts (DeVries, What is Political in Sub-politics?), and have reformulated the question of politics into one of cosmopolitics (Stengers, Cosmopolitics; Latour, Politics of Nature) and ontological politics (Mol, Actor Network Theory and After). The “political” is not defined as a way of codifying particular forms of contestation but as opening up new sites and objects of contestation (Barry, Political Machines).
Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract and a short CV in Word format to Albena Yaneva with a copy to Andy Karvonen by February 25, 2010. Accepted participants will be notified by March 1, 2010. Authors of accepted abstracts should confirm their participation in the conference by March 15, 2010 and submit a completed paper of no more than 10 pages that summarises the main points of the presentation by May 21, 2010.
Please follow the link for more details: http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/research/marc/