AFTERLIVES: Pasts, Presents and Futures of Arts and Cultures PG Conference - Call for Proposals

deadline for submissions: 
February 16, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
University of Glasgow

AFTERLIVES: Pasts, Presents and Futures of Arts and Cultures
Call for Proposals

University of Glasgow

IMPORTANT DATES:
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 16TH FEBRUARY 2020
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: BY 23RD MARCH 2020
CONFERENCE DATE: 21ST MAY 2020

‘Afterlives’ is a term which immediately evokes ideas of life after death, compelling us to contemplate the lasting meaning of our lives — what we leave behind and what we take with us. At the same time, it speaks to the multidimensionality of any concept, text, or artwork, each being imbued with a historicity and creative context, but often experiencing rebirths and rebranding in later years. First is the story of how it comes to be. Then follows the story of how it comes to be experienced, understood, and remembered. These multiple narratives, of creation and ‘afterlife’, are intricately intertwined and interdependent. Moreover, there are also the after/lives of the creators to consider: how are these figures (re)conceptualised across generations? These diverse and multi-layered after/lives influence and are influenced by our evolving interpretations of artistic and cultural products, existing in a dynamic and ongoing interrelationship.

In this conference we are looking to explore the many pasts, presents, and futures (real and imagined) of creators, creations, concepts, and events. We encourage inter-disciplinary approaches to the theme within the broad areas of: Critical Studies, Modern Languages and Cultures, Humanities, and Culture and Creative Arts.

Proposal topics might include (but are not limited to):
• Reclaiming heritage
• Engaging with the past / theorising the future
• Experiencing art: reception and reactions across time
• Material and abstract footprints, trails, and remains
• Death, ghosts, and haunting
• Religious and spiritual afterlives
• Adaptations and new versions / Reusing and recycling in media / Intermediality
• Transmission and re-creation of context-specific events
• Representing trauma and memory
• Interlingual and intercultural translation over the years
• Failed projects
• Dealing with problematic art
• Intellectual rights and public access

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PG CONFERENCE:
- A 20-MINUTE PAPER
- A POSTER/SHORT PRESENTATION
- AN ALTERNATIVE SESSION/WORKSHOP

Submit an abstract for a 20-minute paper: These submissions will be sorted thematically into three-paper panels after acceptance.

Submit an abstract for a short presentation: To encourage participation from early PhDs and Masters students, we would like to offer room for short (5-to-10-minute) presentations where you might give an overview of your research, a short analysis of a text or artwork, or explain a concept of importance to your work. This is an opportunity to gain conference experience in the early stages of your research. Please note that postgraduate taught and early stage postgraduate research students are not limited to this option and are welcome to propose a paper or alternative session/workshop.

Submit a proposal for an alternative session or workshop: We would like to encourage proposals for alternative sessions. This may include, for example, practice-based research showcases consisting of a short performance or audio/visual presentation, or workshops addressing specific issues and/or texts. Please include as much detail as possible in your application, explaining your space, time, and technology requirements. Please be aware that we can only provide a basic technical setup of stereo sound and video projection; keep this in mind when proposing your alternative session or workshop. Moreover, there will be no invigilators for installations or sound technicians available on the day. If you have any ideas for proposals and you are not sure if they fit within these technical restrictions, please get in touch.

If interested in participating, please email arts-pgconference@glasgow.ac.uk with a short bio (including institutional affiliation) and a proposal of no more than 300 words. Please specify in your application which style of presentation you intend to give.