November 14, 2014

1st PARSE Biennial research conference seeks contributions

PARSE Journal at the University of Gothenburg
Dorna Aslanzadeh, Ljuseffekter, installation i plast och trä (video still). Photograph: Thomas Schön, 2014.

The first Biennial PARSE conference at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden takes as its point of departure the question of time

Confirmed keynote speakers are:
Jalal Toufic
Coco Fusco
Bruno Latour
Susan Howe

Time arguably has always been at the center of the research initiatives of the natural sciences, of philosophy and of the many different practices of history and social criticism. However, time also occupies a central place for the curiosity and attention of artist researchers across all the arts. The intensification of the question of time has, in recent years, prompted some to speak of a “temporal turn” across the disciplines. This conference seeks to bring together a range of researchers, drawn mainly from the artistic fields but also inviting researchers from across all disciplines to consider questions with respect to the practices, processes and perturbations of time.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
constructions of contemporaneity; time and the aesthetic; time and affect; gendered time; queer times; chronophobia; chronopolitics; chronotopes; durational practices; public time; network time; the temporal regime of the gift; globalization, instantaneity and temporal collapse; the nostalgia of capital; the temporal imaginaries of sustainability and ecological practices; the time of the political; labour time and forms of life; the time of the poem; after narrative time; empire time; revolutionary time
dead-time, end-time, out-of-time, behind-the-times and again next time…

Contributions are invited in the form of papers, presentations, artistic interventions, readings, panels, performances, public actions, screenings and workshops.

We are especially interested in contributions that critically reflect upon, and/or in some way work to modify the familiar conventions of the academic paper, the panel discussion and the artist’s talk.


Rolling submission of proposals
The deadline for proposals is March 1, however, we recommend early submission.
Proposals should be sent to [email protected].

Please include:
– an abstract/summary description of the proposed contribution (300 words)
– a recent CV of participant(s)
– an indication of technical or other requirements for the contribution/presentation.
Note: For performances, screenings or workshop events it is especially important to have a clear sense of any technical or spatial requirements.

Suggested duration for contributions
– Artists’ presentations, papers and readings: 20 minutes. (We are aware that some artists’ presentations could require more time. Please indicate if this is the case).
– Panels: 60 to 90 minutes (depending on number of contributors and nature of panel presentations.)
– For artistic interventions, performances, public actions and screenings, please indicate the duration proposed suggestion.


Peer review process
Proposals will be peer-reviewed by a panel that includes The PARSE advisory & Journal editorial boards, and the PARSE working group. Each proposal will be reviewed by three members drawn from the panel with reference to relevance to the overarching thematics of time, potential in developing a dialogue across the disciplines, and originality of contribution.


Conference documentation
All contributions will be recorded for archive purposes.

Conference publication
A selection of contributions will be further developed for publication through the PARSE Journal in consultation with, and by permission of, the authors.


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PARSE Journal seeks contributions for the 1st PARSE Biennial research conference

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