International Workshop on Visual History and Theory
Call for abstracts The annual workshop in Visual History & Theory in 2017 takes as its theme the (visual) subject. It engages with the making of 'the subject', especially though not exclusively in visual terms. Abstracts are therefore invited that take up issues of subjectivity and subject-formation. These might focus on personhood, portraiture and affective register, for example, but should also go beyond this to question the very terms of conceptualization and the medium involved. Here, both 'the visual' and 'the subject' come under interrogation, opening up to other modes such as the sonic, material, performative, cinematic or textual. Participants are encouraged to consider how far genre, movement/circulation, temporality, placement and resolution also constitute their own subject.
The (visual) subject workshop will also engage with existing exhibitions and events in the city of Cape Town. Abstracts should be sent to visualhistoryuwcPgmail.com. Full papers for pre-circulation will be requested several weeks in advance of the workshop.
The workshop is organised by the National Research Foundation (NRF) SARChI Chair in Visual History & Theory, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape. All workshop accommodation and meals will be covered. A limited amount of funds is available for travel costs.
Deadline for abstracts: 31 July 2017 Contact: Patricia Hayes, firstname.lastname@example.org
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