[UPDATE:FINAL LIST OF SPEAKERS] Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images

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The Nomadikon Centre, University of Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA
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CFP for international conference on images, space, and acts of "seeing": The Nomadikon Centre, University of Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA invite paper proposals for the 6th Nomadikon Meeting: "Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images." The Conference will be held Sept. 27-29, 2012 on The College St. Rose campus in Albany, New York. The conference theme reflects an overall interest in the process of seeing itself, with "seeing" suggesting but certainly not limited to physical sight, but inclusive of an embodied "seeing." The conference is interdisciplinary and invites papers on film, painting, photography, performance, music, material culture, and literature.

Papers may include but are not limited to the ethics and/or aesthetics of image, the embedded image, images that "make" space, and images that "are" space, the codification of image, and image that resists codification. In reference to the conference theme, papers may also address themes of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, dis/ability and class. The conference is small by design. We will accept the 25-30 papers that best address the conference theme.
**Featured speakers are Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Emory University, whose recent publications on visual representations and cultural acts of seeing include Staring: How We Look (Oxford UP) and Re-Presenting Disability:Activism and Agency in the Museum (Routledge), and whose current project is entitled Habitable Worlds: Eugenic Spaces and Democratic Spaces. Alison Griffiths, Baruch College, CUNY, author of the award winning book, Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture, Columbia University Press, and Jo Anna Isaak, John L. Marion Chair in Art History, Fordham University, whose books include, Feminism and Contemporary Art: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter, Routledge Press. Isaak will be speaking on art and environmental issues.

Registration for the conference is $110.00 U.S. Optional Conference Dinner on Friday evening is $60.00 U.S. Hotel information will be provided. Send proposals of 300-500 words to Mark Ledbetter at ledbettm@strose.edu by May 10, 2012.

Nomadikon is a transdisciplinary research group and center for image studies and visual aesthetics at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. The center launched in the fall of 2008 with the project New Ecologies of the Image (2008-2012), and consists of a core team of six locally based scholars, international affiliates, and a global network of visual culture studies researchers.

Among the research topics pertinent to the Nomadikon project are the manifestations of iconoclasm and iconophobia; image wars and visual ideologies; the cultural performance of on/scenity (Linda Williams); the aestheticization of affliction; controversial and offensive images; media convergence and the formation of new visual ecosystems; the nomadicization of the image; and the visual codification of subjectivity and social value.

The College of Saint Rose was founded in 1920. The primary academic purpose of the College was the full development of the person through a strong liberal arts curriculum. The College of Saint Rose community engages highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students in rigorous educational experiences. In addition to developing their intellectual capacities, students have the opportunity to cultivate their creative and spiritual gifts in a diverse learning community that fosters integrity, interdependence, and mutual respect. The College delivers distinctive and comprehensive liberal arts and professional programs that inspire its graduates to be productive adults, critical thinkers, and motivated, caring citizens.

cfp categories: possible but not limited to

cultural studies and historical approaches
film and television
art history and visual culture studeis
disability studies
gender studies and sexuality
humanities computing and the internet
popular culture