Call for Papers 2012 – 2013



Museums, Photographs and the Colonial Past

PhotoCLEC Symposium
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK
January 12 – 13, 2012

This conference examines the politics, poetics and ethics of the photographic visibility of the colonial past in museums in post-colonial and multi-cultural societies. It will explore the use of photographs in public narratives of difficult histories and examine different sets of problems and approaches across a number of European countries. It raises questions not only about the patterns of engagement, suppression, disavowal and unspeakability which cluster around representations of the colonial past, but questions about the role of photographs in the public space. What is the work expected of photographs ? Is the apparent immediacy of the past in photographs too direct and uncontrollable to be accommodated in the carefully managed spaces of state multiculturalism? What is the role of artists’ intervention, digital environments or community projects ? Are there ’safe spaces’ where the colonial might be addressed ? Ultimately what kinds of narratives are museums constructing and for whom? How can the complexities of colonial relations be represented in museums and do photographs help or hinder?

The conference is part of the European-funded PhotoCLEC project, an international collaboration of scholars from the UK, The Netherlands and Norway.


Radius of Art

Creative Politicization of the Public Sphere / Cultural Potential Forces for Social Transformation
Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin, Germany
February 8 – 9, 2012
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5th Global Conference:
Interculturalism, Meaning and Identity

A Diversity and Recognition project
Prague, Czech Republic
March 9 – 11, 2012
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Digital Memories

Prague, Czech Republic
March 15 – 17, 2012
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Re-Conceptualizing Cartography:
Space-time Compression and Narrative Mapping

University of South California, Tampa, Florida
April 13 – 14, 2012
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Media and Media Practices in Minority and Competitive Contexts:
From Local to Global

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
May 10 – 12, 2012
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Now! Visual Culture

The second biennial International Association for Visual Culture conference
New York, NY, US
May 31 – June 2, 2012
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Diasporas, Exploring Critical Issues

Mansfield College, Oxford, UK
June 29 – July 1, 2012
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Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2012

Sorbonne Nouvelle University
July 2 – 6, 2012
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Decolonizing Knowledge and Power:
Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons

UAB-Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
Casa de la Convalescencia (Hospital de Sant Pau)
July 9 – 19, 2012
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AICA International Call for papers:
Art, Criticism and the Forces of Globalization

Winchester School of Art-University of Southampton and Tate Liverpool
September 10 – 14, 2012
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Renew 2013

The fifth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology
RIXC, Riga, Latvia
October 8 – 12, 2013
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