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September 1, 2022

Powers of Love: Enchantment to Disaffection

PARSE Journal at the University of Gothenburg

Niamh Fahy, Overflow, 2022. Tintype. Violence: Materiality issue 15 cover image.

Powers of Love: Enchantment to Disaffection, fifth PARSE biennial research conference.

The fifth PARSE biennial research conference from 15–17 November, 2023 at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden will explore the scope of love in its meanings and manifestations. From its occidental institutionalisation to its transformative potential as expressed in wider cultural contexts, the conference will engage with modes of art making, literary practices and scholarship with a focus on love as enchantment, as an entangled power in politics, as friendship, as eros, as intimacy, as queer potentiality and as disaffection. The powers of love have transformative affective registers in labour, learning collectives, economies of humanitariansim, ecosophy and ecosexuality yet within the powers of love also persists the sediments of historical, contextual, institutional and discursive formations. Love is arguably indispensable for human and planetary survival, and yet universalizing narratives of the intersubjective, immanence, communal harmony, and mastery of the earth may be seen to propose an all-encompassing narcissism.

We invite proposals for contributions including artistic practices that investigate the powers of love in its capacities for enchantment and disaffection. Deadline for proposals is April 17, 2023. Visit here to submit. Please visit our website for more information.

PARSE Journal issue 15: Violence: Materiality available online September 15. Editors: Jessica Hemmings and Ole Lützow-Holm. Contributors include Khabat Abas; African Fashion Research Institute Collective of heeten bhagat, Siviwe James, Lesiba Mabitsela, Erica de Greef, Russel Hlongwane; Paulo Luís Almeida, Mário Bismarck and Sílvia Simões; Catherine Dormor; Niamh Fahy; Carolina Rito; Monica Neiman Sotomayor; Natalia Vásquez; Jennifer Walshe. Violence: Aesthetics, Violence: Environment, Violence: Embodiment and State Violence as Practice forthcoming throughout autumn 2022.

PARSE Journal issue 14: Krabstadt Education Center: Conflated Places available now online here. Editors: Ewa Einhorn, Jeuno JE Kim and Karolin Meunier⁠. Contributors include Stephan Dillemuth; Melissa Gordon; Henriette Heise; Seewon Hyun; Gahee Park; Linda Paxling; Sille Storihle and a conversation with Gudskul, Jatiwangi Art Factory, KUNCI’s School of Improper Education, Jakarta Biennale and Krabstadt Education Center.⁠

PARSE is an international artistic research publishing and biennial conference platform based in the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Its purpose is to bring interdisciplinary art practices and researchers from across disciplines into dialogue through shared enquiry.

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