[UPDATE] - CFP - Instability in Art and Design: A Graduate Student Symposium (DEADLINE EXTENDED, JAN 5)

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University of Alberta, Art and Design Graduate Student Association
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University of Alberta, March 16-17, 2012
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Laura Marks, Simon Fraser University

The Art and Design Graduate Student Association (ADGSA) at the University of Alberta currently seeks proposals for a graduate student symposium on the topic of instability in art and design. We are interested in projects that address the role of inconstancy, unpredictability, degradation, oscillation, and/or transformation in cultural production. The event will promote an understanding of instability not as a hindrance or limitation, but as a pervasive condition that can be exposed and even harnessed to productive critical ends.

We invite papers that encompass a broad range of methodologies and historical periods. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

o Art/design produced under and manifesting conditions of personal, historical, political, cultural, economic, or environmental instability
o Investigations of instability, whether physical, chemical or structural, as a producer or signifier of meaning
o Formal and/or theoretical analyses of artworks that engage such abstract notions as ruination, chance or contingency, or volatility and apocalypticism

Current and recent graduate students can send 300-word abstracts for 15-20 minute papers and a curriculum vitae to adgsalberta@gmail.com by January 5, 2012. For more information, please see http://adgsa.wordpress.com.