CFP: Experimental Histories in the Arts (Australia) (2/20/06; 7/28/06-7/29/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Tara Forrest
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University of Technology Sydney: July 28-29, 2006.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Laura U. Marks
Dena Wosk University Professor in Art and Culture Studies, Simon Fraser
University, Canada

Andrew Benjamin
Professor of Critical Theory in Architecture and Design, University of
Technology Sydney

Ross Gibson
Professor of New Media and Digital Culture, University of Technology Sydney

Conference Theme:

Drawing together scholars from a broad range of fields, the aim of the
conference is to rethink the task of historiography via an exploration of
experimental representations of ­ and/or engagements with ­ the past in
fields as diverse as film, literature, art, architecture, theatre,
photography, music, fictocritical writing, dance, video and new media.
Questions addressed by the conference will include: How have writers,
filmmakers, artists etc. sought to explore and redeem aspects of the past
which have fallen outside of what has been monumentalised as historically
significant?; What role have the arts played in destabilising historicist
accounts of history as a form of evolutionary progress?; What possibilities
have been attributed to writers, artists, new media practitioners etc. in
theoretical accounts of the task of an experimental historiography?; How
have people working in the arts sought to cleave open a space within
official accounts of the relationship between the past and the present
within which the possibilities of the past (and the future) can be
re-imagined and re-explored?

Call for Papers:

Proposals are invited for 30 minute papers on, or related to, the conference
theme. Please send a 200-300 word abstract and your contact details, via
email, to the conference convenor Tara Forrest before February 20, 2006.
Should you have any questions about the conference prior to this date,
please feel free to email the convenor.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in March. Should you, however,
require confirmation at an earlier date, please inform the convenor of this
in your proposal.

Tara Forrest
Writing and Cultural Studies
Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Technology Sydney
PO Box 123 Broadway
NSW 2007 Australia

Phone: + 61 2 9514 2182
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