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In-sight: Visualising Theory, Theorising the Visual

In-sight: Visualising Theory, Theorising the Visual

PG Conference University of Sussex

15th-16th April, 2009

Sponsored by:

The Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Centre for Visual Fields & The Centre for Material Digital Culture at the University of Sussex

Visual culture is today in a state of radical change, across all of its myriad fields. This change is not only marked by the influence which the development of new technologies is having upon the practice of visual arts (i.e. 'mixed-media' theatre; the digital manipulation of the photographic / filmic image or cinematic production), and upon how the 'image' is theorised. It is also marked by an increasing trend towards interdisciplinarity, the dissolving of boundaries between formerly discrete fields, and the recognition of their influence upon one another.

Critical theory has long been closely engaged with visual culture and, given the current dynamism in the latter, we feel that this is an apposite moment to assess and articulate the present condition of their relationship. This conference represents an opportunity to do precisely this, through new and emerging research. The ultimate aim being to provide a coherent basis from which the question of how this multi-faceted relationship should evolve, in response to new technology-driven practices, can begin to be thought.

One of the key questions that this conference will seek to raise is that of 'application'. The role of critical theory, we would suggest, is not simply as a body of knowledge to be applied, but is also influenced by the visual artefact(s) that it addresses. Laura Mulvey claims that 'changes in the technologies of seeing affect human perception.' Just as the forms taken by visual media affect how we see, so may they also affect how we theorise (theoreo: to look at)? We would encourage papers that explore the relationship between critical theory and visual culture from a dialogic perspective.

We are seeking papers from a wide range of disciplines and theoretical positions, giving both the terms 'visual culture' and 'critical theory' broad definitions. For example, 'visual culture' may include, but is not limited to, fields as diverse as Art History, Film Studies, Theatre Studies, English, Photography and New Media Studies. Similarly, we would be open to, and welcome, papers from various schools of thought, as well as perspectives which draw upon experience in practice and the production of works in visual media.
Suggested topics may include, but are by no means restricted to:

* How a theory is informed by its encounter with visual culture (specific work(s), or field(s) generally).
* How a specific visual piece / work engages with, and implicitly or explicitly reconfigures, (a) theory.
* The 'appropriateness' or 'purchase' of a theory in relation to a particular field of / work in visual culture.
* The comparative place of a theory across multiple disciplines; or, conversely, the comparative place of a single aspect of visual culture across multiple critical positions.
* The literary 'image' in the digital age – writing fiction/theory/theatre in the era of pixilated precision and virtual realisation.
* How a theory predicts the effects of, and developments in, visual fields, and how the success/failure of such predictions impacts on the credibility of that theory.
* The 'morality' of visual culture. Is there a distinct morality across theories of the visual generally or running through specific fields?
* Do we 'risk' anything in theorising the visual and, if so, are these risks specific to particular mediums?
* Issues of 'application' generally.
* The evolution of a theory within visual culture (generally, or an aspect of).

We would welcome submissions from postgraduate research students for papers not exceeding 20 minutes. We would also be open to proposals for non-traditional presentations, please provide details with abstracts. Please also specify if audio-visual equipment will be required.

The deadline for abstracts, of no more than 250 words, is 19th January, 2009. These should be sent to us at: visual.conference@googlemail.com.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries, or would like more information.

Registration for attendance only will open 23rd January, 2009. A second announcement will be circulated with further details of this.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Organizing Committee of In-Sight 2009:

Graeme Pedlingham (Doctoral Candidate at University of Sussex)

Liz Sage (Doctoral Candidate at University of Sussex)

Nicky Falkof (Doctoral Candidate, London Consortium)

Sara Orning (Doctoral Candidate at University of California, Santa Cruz)

Sophie Rollins

Source: http://in-sightconference.org.uk/

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