Call for Artists’ Project Submissions: The Cinematic Turn

Public Art Dialogue is accepting artists’ projects submissions for The Cinematic Turn to be published in late  2015. Artists’ projects are unique artworks and/or art interventions designed specifically for the pages of Public Art Dialogue. Projects should relate to the theme of a particular issue and treat the journal itself as a site/space for public art. Artists of all disciplines and at all points in their careers are encouraged to submit to the journal. Submission deadline for The Cinematic Turn is March 15, 2015. For more information about Public Art Dialogue and for submission guidelines please visit

The Cinematic Turn
Co-Editors: Cher Krause Knight and Harriet F. Senie
Submission Deadline: 15 March 2015 (NB extended deadline)

With the rise of new technologies specifically relating to the moving image, the breadth of public art expanded as its practitioners engaged in more varied explorations, though it would be fair to say the migration of these technologies into public art was generally slower than their absorption into the museum and gallery. This issue focuses on the use of film, video and/or cinematic techniques and strategies, with the intention to recognize some of the earliest efforts to incorporate these art forms into public art practice as well as addressing their current manifestations.

The journal Public Art Dialogue is sponsored by the organisation of the same name, here. PAD aims to provide platforms for dialogue across the wide range of professions and disciplines that public art encompasses. Its membership includes art historians, artists, curators, administrators, educators, architects and landscape architects.


CFP and Panels: New Materialisms Conference

Transversal Practices: Matter Ecology and Relationality

VI Conference on New Materialisms
Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
27-29 September 2015

Deadline: 16 February 2015

Keynote speakers include Erin Manning (SenseLab, Concordia University), Brian Martin (Deakin University) & Hayden Lorimer (University of Glasgow).

Abstracts for academic papers, creative proposals and “experimental and/or experiential laboratorium” are invited from scholars/writers/artists/scientists. All conference submissions will be referred with opportunities to submit completed papers for a refereed publication.

We encourage critical approaches that transversally cross the following: collectivity, corporeality/incorporeality, materiality/immateriality, indigeneity, individual/group subjectivity, knowledge-production/onto-epistemologies, language, temporality, transdisciplinarity, processes of making art/philosophy/ activism, and the three Ss—spatiality, sociality and the sensorium.

Transversal Practices focuses on how things, subjects, collectives, politics and disciplines are in the making; how they take-form and transform in relation to other elements, both human and nonhuman. Transversal Practices are concerned with ecologies where intensities of movement are aligned with and embrace hands-on attitude and artistic, scientific, ethnographical, philosophical and activist praxis.
We offer three keywords to inspire thinking and to carve out the specificities of practice. Matter refers to ubiquitous, vibrant and continuous becoming that is one of the central concerns of New Materialism: practices are always material, and surprising in nature. Ecology indicates an open and continuously transforming system, which depends upon how its components relate to each other. Relationality, for its part, is the moving principle of being in the world, or with the world. We become in relation to others. We co-emerge, as do artworks, ideas and collectives.

We welcome contributions that address, for example, the following questions:
How do transversal practices work and how can we account or conceptualise them?
What kind of methodologies do they necessitate, or call for?

The conference is sponsored by the Faculty of the VCA and MCM at the University of Melbourne in co-operation with ISCH COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’.

Further information and submission guidelines here.

CFP & Artworks: QUEER(ED) ART

Queer(ed) Art: Artistic Practices of Sexual Difference and Radical Possibilities

Sponsored session by the Space, Sexualities & Queer Research Group (SSQRG)
2015 Annual International Conference, Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with Institute of British Geographers (IBG)
2-­4 September, 2015
Exeter, UK

Convened by: Martin Zebracki (University of Leeds, United Kingdom) & Andrew Gorman-Murray (University of Western Sydney, Australia)

Deadline: 12 February 2015

Proposals are invited for conference papers, academic op-ed pieces and artistic interventions – photography, film, music/song, dance, poetry, multi-media installation or virtual exhibits – which may enable cross-disciplinary, cross-place and multi-sensorial renditions of the theme in “more-than-human assemblages” –  from scholars across disciplines, stages of career and research phases:

Queer studies to date have under-elaborated how social difference across sexual disposition, sexual lifestyle and sexual interaction critically intersect with various spaces of artistic practice and expression. We see ‘queer’ as a critical post-structuralist stance towards sexuality. Queer can also be considered a social identity of the ‘sexual dissident’, someone or something that is a-typical, a-normal or ‘different’. Here, queer can either be a category assigned by normative social practice or rather a heterodox denotation embodied as the critical antipode of such normative practice.

Mundane encounters with queer, or sexual diversity in general, can be artistically expressed and negotiated through visual arts, performance, language, fashion, film, music, dance, literature, poetry, etc. by any humans (not only by those commonly considered artists) in contexts stretching over and interlinking various spaces, e.g., the home, the gallery, the museum, public space, the city/urban development, the governmental sphere and/or online communities. We are interested in how such socio-spatial artistic practices, expressions, mobilities and negotiations are (un)critically queering social identity and how art in and of itself can be queered according to sexual normativities.

Sexual (contra)normativities are played out in social regimes over space and time and in so doing in interface with social identity markers of gender, ethnicity, class, age, health, (dis)ability, religion, nationality, etc. Particularly along these time-spaces of intersectionalities, we wonder how artistic practices may articulate kaleidoscopic pin-points to radically challenge queered sexual citizenships. How may such layered understanding of queer(ed) art critically redress – and potentially put in a caveat against – sexual normativities and as such offer an intellectual platform for radical social change towards a more sexually inclusive society here and there?

This session looks for papers or academic op-eds that meet the above research niche and thus provide theoretical, methodological and/or empirical gravity to envisage radical social change through the window of queer(ed) art. We invite scholars across disciplines, stages of career and research phases to engage with this subject, departing from specific pertinent social and cultural theories that speak to the scope of this Call.

Further information and submission info here.
Conference website here.

Call for proposals: P-E-R-F-O-R-M-I-N-G M-O-B-I-L-I-T-I-E-S

journeys – performances – exhibitions – symposium
17 September to 31 October 2015
Melbourne, Australia

via Mick Douglas and

P-E-R-F-O-R-M-I-N-G M-O-B-I-L-I-T-I-E-S is the Australian regional cluster contribution to Fluid States, a networked, year-long program initiated by Performance Studies international (PSi). Throughout 2015, fourteen regional performance gatherings will be staged in diverse global locations in order to rethink performance ideas and practices in terms of shifting geopolitical and socio-political realities.

P-E-R-F-O-R-M-I-N-G M-O-B-I-L-I-T-I-E-S explores how contemporary life in Australia, the world’s largest island continent, is framed by borders whilst constantly being reconstructed through dynamic processes of mobility. The project seeks to creatively and critically explore forms, forces, dynamics, meanings and consequences of performing mobility through a program of new experimental work. It proceeds from a series of journey-based projects throughout Australia over 2015, via a mobile performance program and gallery exhibitions, towards a symposium in Melbourne in October 2015.

Proposals are invited from artists, makers, writers and researchers for journeying projects and creative works for the performance and exhibition program, and contributions to a 3-day symposium. Cross-form and interdisciplinary creative projects and performances, temporary interventions, performative presentations and academic papers are sought which combine artistic research and critical reflection to investigate intersections of mobility and performance that are of specific relevance in Australia whilst being globally resonant.

mobile performance and gallery exhibition program
17 September to 31 October 2015
RMIT Gallery + Margaret Lawrence VCA Gallery + Melbourne environs

symposium: passages and traces performing mobilities
9-11 October 2015 / RMIT University + venues of Melbourne

CALL FOR CREATIVE PROJECTS [closes 31 October 2014]

Proposals for journey projects, mobile performances, creative works and research presentations are invited that will make a compelling contribution to one or more of the Performing Mobilities programs: a six-week gallery exposition program tracing journey-based projects performing mobility in Australia over 2015; a coinciding mobile performance program in and around the gallery expositions and Melbourne’s environs; a three-day symposium presentation and performance event in Melbourne. Proposals selected by the curatorial team will be offered an artist’s fee.

Project Proposals closing date: 31 October 2014.
Accepted proposals announced: December 2014.


Academic papers, performative presentations and performances are invited. Abstracts of proposals will be peer reviewed. Selected papers will be invited to be developed for publication in a special edition of the Australasian Drama Studies journal in 2016 and/or an edited volume reflecting upon the Performing Mobilities project.

Symposium Proposals closing date: 19 December 2014.
Accepted proposals announced: March 2015.

RESIDENCE IN MOBILITY with a journey project:

A number of journey-based projects throughout 2015 will invite artists, writers, makers and academics to undertake a participatory role. Details of mobile residency opportunities will be announced on the project website in December 2014.


Each Fluid States cluster invites members of the PSi international community to act as visiting correspondents to ‘log’ online posts and publications to the Fluid States website. Go to to express interest in corresponding from the Performing Mobilities Australian cluster.

Further information:

PERFORMANCE STUDIES INTERNATIONAL (PSi) is a professional association founded in 1997 to promote communication and exchange among artists, thinkers, activists and academics working in the field of performance. This is a dynamic field of encounters rather than a discipline grounded in one particular methodology or tradition.

PERFORMING MOBILITIES NETWORK is an unincorporated association producing the project. The network aims to further creative practice and research exploring intersections of performance and mobility by generating projects, events and forums.


Upcoming deadlines and opportunities

Applications open: 4A Curators Intensive

10-13 July 2014 Sydney

4A’s Curators’ Intensive is an initiative developed by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art to encourage professional advancement amongst early career Australian cultural practitioners with an interest in curatorial practice. The Intensive will take place from 10-13 July at various locations in Sydney, Australia.

This is the second Intensive (following 2012) and will be led by three established curators who are working in an international context with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. In 2014 the Curators’ Intensive will feature: Cosmin Constinas (HK), Sophie McIntyre (AUS) and Robin Pekham (HK/Beijing).

Deadline for applications: 27 May 2014
Further info and guidelines here.

[Sourced from: AASRN]

Kaldor Public Art Projects want Your Very Good Idea

Kaldor Public Art Projects are asking Australian artists to tell them about YOUR VERY GOOD IDEA, which will be realised as their 45th Anniversary Project:

We want you to share your innovative, site-specific concept which will manifest as a temporary art project in Sydney. We want to hear about ideas which appear in unexpected spaces, or in landmark sites reimagined, which will inspire the local public and our friends and followers both in Australia and around the world.

Submissions close 9am, Monday 26 May 2014
Guidelines and further information here.

Call for sessions proposals: GEOcritical, AAANZ 2014

Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference
Hosted by the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania in conjunction with the School of Architecture and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Where: Inveresk Cultural Precinct, Launceston, Tasmania
When: 5-8 December 2014

…Together with GEO, ‘critical’ can work in at least two ways: for example, referencing critique (in speaking, writing, process, action) in both its contemporary and historical frames; or in reference to the current state of the world or earth in which artists, designers and architects must inevitably intervene.
GEOcritical can drive discussion on both historical and contemporary creativity. At the broadest level, issues that might be addressed include: empires and imaging; shifting subjectivities; unstable centres and dissolving peripheries; vernacularisms; anxieties and urgency; transculturalism and migratory artists; spatial negotiations; land shaping; material/ immaterial; biographies; ecoventions.

The full call for papers will open on 9 June and close 29 August 2014.
Deadline for session proposals Friday 23 May 2014
Further information and submission details here.

Calls for Participation: Fluid States 2015: Performances of UnKnowing

Fluid States: Performances of UnKnowing will be “a yearlong, globally dispersed and cross-cultural event” that invites artists, scholars and activists from diverse cultures to participate live or online in 15 local programs of performances, symposiums and novel collaborative formats of presentation and interaction. It is a joint project of Performance Studies international (PSi) and numerous partner organizations across Africa, Europe, America, Asia, Australasia and the Pacific,

Several calls for participation can be seen here.

Look out for the Australian arm of the project, directed by Mick Douglas of which will shortly be seeking local and international performances, participatory urban journeys, exhibition proposals and paper presentations , creative practice artists / researchers, writers and more, concerned with the themes of urban journeys, mobility, traces, performing mobilities. Events will take place in 2015. A formal call for participation will open on 26 May. More information here.

Call for Papers: The Arts of Health and Wellbeing

6th Annual International Arts and Health Conference,
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
11-13 November 2014

The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, 6th Annual International Arts and Health Conference, will present best practice and innovative arts and health programs, effective health promotion and prevention campaigns, methods of project evaluation and scientific research. Arts and Health Australia are calling for papers that consider issues such as:

  • Mental Health and the Arts
  • Creative Ageing
  • Architecture and Design in Health Settings
  • Arts and Health in Rural and Regional Communities
  • Medical Humanities for Health Professionals
  • International Arts and Health Perspectives, Collaborations and Research

Deadline for abstracts: 24 July 2014
Submission guidelines and further information here.

Call for Submissions: Public Art Dialogue

The latest round of call for submissions for themed issues of the international, peer-reviewed journal Public Art Dialogue, includes the following:

Digital Art

Submissions Deadline: September 15, 2014
Guest Editors: John Craig Freeman and Mimi Sheller

In the 50th anniversary issue of Artforum, which focused on new media art, critic Claire Bishop asked: “Whatever happened to digital art? While many artists use digital technology, how many really confront the question of what it means to think, see, and filter affect through the digital? How many thematize this, or reflect deeply on how we experience, and are altered by, the digitization of our existence?” These comments sparked debate across the digital art world because so many artists, curators and critics believe that exactly these kinds of questions are being explored by artists who use digital technology in a multitude of diverse, unstable, surprising and challenging ways. Digital art is not simply in a “new media niche” concerned only with technology. In their published response to Bishop, Lauren Cornell and Brian Droitcour wrote: “Digital art is no longer confined to ‘cyberspace.’ Concerns about networked technologies have been absorbed by artists who draw on their knowledge of painting, sculpture, performance, and installation, as well as an interest in computers and code.” In this issue we seek to highlight the full gamut of digital art with regard to its manifestations in public art, to interrogate what its real contributions are, and to extend the language and the contexts in which we understand it.

Submissions can include traditional scholarly articles, opinion pieces, ‘conversational dialogues’, and artists projects. Further information and submission guidelines are available here.

January Listings: Calls for submissions

Obviously it’s been too long between posts!  …here’s quite a long list of some very short-notice call for papers and abstracts (in summary, with further details underneath):

  1. Thematic session: Artists and the challenges of contemporary urban development, 2014 IGU Regional Conference,18-22 August 2014, Poland. Deadline for abstracts: 27 January 2014
  2. Culture under neoliberalism/neoliberal culture: Studies from the Pacific Rim, themed issue of Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural StudiesDeadline for papers: 31 January 2014
  3. Sensuous Geographies, Special issue of Australian Geographer. Deadline for abstracts: 7 February 2014. Deadline for papers July 2014
  4. Arte-Polis 5 : 5th International Conference and Workshop
: Reflection on Creativity: Public Engagement and the Making of Place, 
8-9 August 2014, Bandung, Indonesia. Deadline for abstracts: 10 February 2014
  5. Session: Geographies of Public-Art Co-Production: Let Us Talk about Public Art, but Where Are the Publics? RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 26–29 August 2014, London. Deadline for abstracts: 12 February 2014
  6. Situation: The 7th International Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association (IDEA), exhibition and symposium, 23/31 July – 3 August 2014, Melbourne. Deadline for proposals: 14 February 2014
  7. Radio as Art – Concepts, Spaces, Practices: Radio Art between Media Reality and Art Reception, International conference, 5–7 June 2014 , Bremen. Deadline for abstracts: 14 February 2014
  8. JAR6, Journal of Artistic Research, Issue #6. Deadline for papers: 28 February 2014
  9. Open call for papers: Public Art DialogueFall 2014 issue, Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2014
  10. International Conference on Culture and Cultural Policies, 24-25 April 2014, Vienna, Austria. Deadline for panel proposals: 10 February 2014. Deadline for abstracts: 10 March 2014
  11. Counterculture. Themed issue of Media/Culture journal. Deadline for papers: 10 October 2014

1. CFP: Thematic Session: Artists and the challenges of contemporary urban development

Convenors: Jarosław Działek, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, and Monika Murzyn-Kupisz, Kracow University of Economics, Poland
2014 IGU Regional ConferenceKraków, Poland
18-22 August 2014
Deadline for abstracts: 27 January 2014

As an ambiguous yet specific professional group, artists are often mentioned in the contemporary debate on the inspirations and causes of urban transformations. On the other hand, since the publication of Florida’s (2002) influential but also controversial thesis, artists have been relatively rarely singled out in the discussions on the creative class, its spatial choices and impact on urban development  […]  There is thus still a need to precisely and critically theorise and assess the role of artists in urban transformations, especially taking a broader perspective including different cultural, geographic and spatial contexts.
[…]  we invite paper proposals which: 1) distinguish artists as a unique group within the creative class; 2) show different geographic contexts in which artists function and undertake decisions with respect to places of residence, creative activity and leisure; 3) present a diversity of artists’ impacts on the contemporary urban centres.

Confirmed speakers include Tatiana Debroux (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium), paper title: ‘Pioneers or tools? Artists and urban redevelopment in Brussels’; and  Niamh Moore-Cherry (University College Dublin, Ireland), paper title: ‘Beyond art in meanwhile spaces: the role of creatives in urban citizenship and sustainability’.

Abstracts must be submitted online by 27 January 2014, having first registered at the IGU2014 website. (Registration information here.)

Further information on this session from the convenors here.

2. CFP: Culture under neoliberalism/neoliberal culture: Studies from the Pacific Rim

Themed issue of Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Editors Chris Prentice (University of Otago) and Jenny Lawn (Massey University, NZ)
Deadline for papers: 31 January 2014

[…] neoliberalism — the extension of free market principles and corporate structures into the wider social and cultural spheres — has become a shaping paradigm of our daily lives. […] “culture” has been energised as a source of wealth formation: capitalist economies pursue “creative” business solutions even as the state-funded arts have been transformed into “creative industries,” and “cultural capital” is deemed to inject distinctiveness and value into a wide range of forms of production, from the branded commodity to the “job ready” individual offering their services to the employment market. Such productive appeals to the mutuality of culture and economy have preoccupied and, arguably, disarmed the academic left. In particular, in Aotearoa New Zealand, the erosion of workers’ rights and income was accompanied by real advances in the visibility and economic power of Māori iwi and business interests.

Papers are invited that offer multidisciplinary perspectives on the study of societies and cultures to address the implications of contemporary manifestations of neoliberal culture, or “explore interventions and disruptions to the ideologies and practices that inform neoliberal culture.

See the full call for papers here.
Submission guidelines here.

3. CFP – Sensuous Mobilities

Themed issue of Australian Geographer
Guest Editors: Garth Lean (University of Western Sydney, Australia) and Gordon Waitt (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Deadline for abstracts: 7 February 2014

In recent years debates that focus on the corporeal experiences of mobility have opened up new ways of thinking about movement that complicate issues of representation and that raise important questions about senses, materialities and the capacities of bodies more generally. […]  This Call for Papers around the theme of ‘sensuous mobilities’ enables a focused exploration of emerging thinking opened up by analysis of the embodied dimensions of different types of mobility.

The editors invite expression of interests from scholars critically engaging with the embodied dimensions of mobility in human geography and related fields, across a range of mobilities such as migration, refugees, tourism, military service, virtual travel, imaginative travel, pilgrimage, commuting, short-car trips, leisurely/sporting pursuits, walking, cycling, sailing, etc.

See full call for papers and guidelines for submission here.

[Source: CSAA list]

4. CFP: Arte-Polis 5 : 5th International Conference and Workshop
”Reflection on Creativity: Public Engagement and the Making of Place

School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institute of Technology Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia
8-9 August 2014
Deadline for abstracts: 10 February 2014

The aim of Arte-Polis 5 is to connect together practitioners, academics, community leaders, local government officials, policy-makers and other professionals from diverse disciplines and regions around the world concerned with the quality of life and collaborative nature of creative communities in urban and rural places.  Its objective is to share and learn the reflection of creativity from international and local experiences regarding current issues, best practices and policy implications of public engagement on place-making.

Abstracts are sought on the themes of: Creative engagement through design praxis; Digital technology enabling public engagement; Planning methods for wider public engagement; and Public engagement for cultural heritage.

Submission guidelines and further information here

5. CFP: Geographies of Public-Art Co-Production: Let Us Talk about Public Art, but Where Are the Publics?

Session Convenors: Martin Zebracki (University of Leeds) & joni m palmer (independent scholar)Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with Institute of British Geographers (IBG)
RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London
26–29 August 2014
Deadline for abstracts: 12 February 2014

This session invites scholars across disciplines as well as practitioners to critically and creatively engage with the encounters between producers and publics of public art.

The questions that this session embarks upon include, but are not limited to:
* How are knowledges about public art constructed in the encounters between producers and publics?
* How are public art’s publics involved in public art from its preparation through its implementation phase and the time thereafter?
* To what extent do the everyday perceived opportunities and challenges of publics’ involvement in public-art production differ between the perspectives of producers and publics?
* How might we engage and engender multiple perspectives to create novel collaborative understandings, methodologies as well as sites for knowledge exchange toward geographies of public-art co-production?

Further info and submission guideline here.

[Courtesy of Martin Zebracki]

6. Call for submissions: Situation: The 7th International Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association (IDEA) symposium and exhibition

Symposium: 31 July – 3 August 2014
Exhibition: 23 July – 3 August 2014
RMIT University, Melbourne
Deadline for proposals (exhibition and symposium): 14 February 2014

Situation aims to:

bring attention to the designing of interiors as a practice engaged in spatial and temporal production; a practice that works in the midst of social, cultural, historical, political forces; a practice open to contingency, chance and change; a practice engaged with singularity and specificity.

SITUATION highlights ideas of event and the eventful nature of interiors, lived space-time compositions in constant change; atmospheric compositions; ephemerality; uniqueness; one-offs; a multiplicity of experience.

Submission guidelines and further information here.

7. CFP: Radio as Art – Concepts, Spaces, Practices: Radio Art between Media Reality and Art Reception

International Conference, Bremen
Presented by Centre for Artists’ Publications, Bremen, Universität Bremen, Universität zu Kőln
5–7 June 2014
Deadline for abstracts: 14 February 2014

Radiophonic art has largely “eluded the – primarily visually based – knowledge parameters of art-historical methods which had been shaped for the most part by the study of pictures”.

Radio art concepts undermine the spatially regulated dispositifs of art reception and the related locations of the museum and the private reception context. Through the blurring of spatial boundaries with the public sphere, new horizons open and widen, horizons that address the collective, historically anticipate the concept of the network, and to an extent reconnect them with the local circumstances, as in the works of Marko Peljhan.

[…] the international conference ‘RADIO AS ART – Spaces, Concepts, Practices: Radio Art between Media Reality and Art Reception’ will link conceptual, recipient-response-related, conservatorial and sociocultural issues to matters of relevance to radio art’s mediation. Within a broadly defined reference framework, the results of the research project Radio Art: On the Development of a Medium between Aesthetics and Socio-Cultural Reception History will be put forth for discussion in a circle of international experts.  Submissions from art historians, media scholars, art educators, curators, cultural studies specialists, ethnologists and artists are welcome.

Further information and submission guidelines here.

[Source H-ArtHist]  

8. Call for submissions: Journal for Artistic Research

Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2014

Unlike the traditional journal article format, JAR offers its contributors a free-to-use online writing space where text can be woven together with image, audio and video material. This new approach displays research practice in a manner that respects artists’ modes of presentation and incorporates web-enabled possibilities for collaboration, debate and discussion. The result is a journal that promotes experimental approaches to ‘writing up’ and provides a unique ‘reading’ experience, while carefully fulfilling the expectations of a peer-reviewed academic journal. We embrace research practices across and between disciplines, from artists worldwide, with or without academic affiliation.

JAR uses the Research Catalogue, an innovative repository for the documentation of artistic research.

9. CFP: Public Art Dialogue

Open call for papers, Fall 2014 issue.
Deadline for papers: 1 March 2014

10. CFP: International Conference on Culture and Cultural Policies

Centre for Research in Social Science and Humanities
Vienna, Austria
24-25 April 2014
Deadline for abstracts: 10 March 2014
(Session proposals due 10 February 2014)

The Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities is a newly established private institution registered in Croatia (EU), with a focus on fostering academic debates and original research in fields of Religion and Cultural studies. The Centre plans to establish a peer review journal, as well as publish working papers and edited volumes. Conference papers will be considered for publication.

Paper proposals are invited from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers, on themes such as: culture and identity, natonalism, religion, tourism, propaganda, diplomacy or imperialism; popular culture and cultural policy; and art and cultural policy.

See the full conference call for papers here.

11. CFP: Counterculture

Themed issues of Media/Culture Journal
Editors: Rob Garbutt, Jacqueline Dutton, and Johanna Kijas
Deadline for papers: 10 October 2014

The seeds of the global counterculture sprouted in the 1960s, flourished into the 1970s and for some the counterculture continues to frame their daily lives. Its challenge to the functionalist culture characterised by formal education, career, marriage and mortgage yielded a range of experiments, some failures and short-lived and others long-lasting and now almost mainstream. Whatever the outcome, the intent was not one possible future for one’s life but a future of possibilities, along with a commitment to social and environmental sustainability. The counterculture was, therefore, intensely biopolitical in the sense that it was and is a politics of life, one’s own life and life on planet earth more generally.

The counterculture was also contested from the beginning. The “counter” has been absorbed into consumer culture and commodified with ease. The love of transgression often saw the politics of power-relations overlooked. And despite being “counter”, a relationship with the “mainstream” has always been necessary.

In the 1970s and 80s, the counterculture was alive in academic discussions, but recently it has been relatively dormant. This issue is designed to stimulate reflection and discussion of the counterculture in Australia and beyond.

See the full call for papers here.