• Milan

    Seminar - Representation

    Thresholds III – “Avatar”

    Seminar of philosophy of image

    Recent evolutions in the contemporary iconoscape have enabled the production of pictures that elicit in the perceiver a strong feeling of “being there”, namely of being incorporated into new and autonomous environments. Subjects relating to such environments are no longer visual observers in front of images isolated from the real world by a framing device; they are experiencers living in quasi-worlds that offer multisensory stimuli and allow interactive sensorimotor affordances. In relation to such quasi-worlds, a key role is played by the avatar, a digital proxy through which subjects interact with synthetic objects or other avatars. The notion and the uses of the avatar are becoming crucial in a variety of disciplines, ranging from philosophy to visual culture studies, anthropology, sociology, cognitive psychology, and neurosciences. Also, they are raising relevant issues in the fields of ethics and politics.

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  • Toulouse

    Conference, symposium - Representation

    Outlaw theatre - political performativities in the current Hispanic context

    Ce colloque international, qui s’inscrit dans le cycle de travaux menés depuis 2014 dans le programme de recherche PERFORMA porte sur les modalités d’articulation du performatif et du politique, particulièrement dans les arts du spectacle actuel en Espagne.

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  • Call for papers - Africa

    Philosophy and dance in Africa and among its diasporas today

    Corpus Africana festival

    From the 27th of October until the 10th of November 2018 the university consortium Erasmus Mundus Europhilosophie is organising, under the title “Corpus Africana; Current philosophies and Dances in Africa and its Diasporas”, an important international meeting, aiming to bring to the heart of arts and humanities university research in Europe the knowledge and the study of “Africana Philosophy”, of choreographic knowledge that is of African or contemporary African lineage in nature. The meeting will take place at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès as part of the research seminar “Thinking Decolonisation”, in collaboration with the James Carlès Centre of Choreography’s Festival of Dance and the Black Continents.

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  • Call for papers - Representation

    The private is political - bodies, genders, desires and sexualities

    En Marges ! journal

    En Marges ! est une nouvelle revue en ligne qui explore l’intime et ses enjeux politiques à travers les sciences humaines et les arts. Les sexualités, le corps, les émotions sont traversés par des rapports de force éminemment politiques. Si cela peut sembler évident aux spécialistes, ça ne l’est pas nécessairement ailleurs, y compris dans les milieux engagés où l’intime constitue trop souvent un angle mort.En Marges ! a l’ambition d’adresser au grand public des contributions de chercheurs·ses, d’activistes, d’artistes.

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  • Nantes

    Call for papers - Thought

    What is performance in a child's life?

    Le développement des programmations de spectacles vivants et d’activités artistiques en direction des jeunes publics et des familles, l’afflux des publics sur ces saisons de spectacles et sur les festivals ainsi que les modes d’appropriation de la culture par les enfants constituent des enjeux sociaux et culturels majeurs pour demain. C’est quoi le spectacle dans la vie d’un enfant ?, telle est la question à partir de laquelle il est possible de comprendre comment se construit le rapport de l’enfant aux arts vivants dès son plus jeune âge. Cet appel à contribution vise à mettre en partage les réflexions et les analyses de chercheurs de toutes les disciplines de sciences humaines et sociales interrogeant la façon dont le spectacle s’inscrit dans le quotidien d’un enfant, dans son éveil à l’art et au monde, de la toute petite enfance à l’adolescence. Le sujet peut être appréhendé par différentes approches, esthétiques, historiques, psychologiques, éducatifs…

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  • Galaţi

    Conference, symposium - Europe

    "A past that won't pass": memories of totalitarianism in contemporary Europe

    Nous invitons les chercheurs actifs dans de divers champs des disciplines socio-humaines (histoire et historiographie, (psycho)sociologie des phénomènes identitaires, études littéraires, anthropologie culturelle, anthropologie de la mémoire, Cultural Memory Studies, histoire des idées et des mentalités, études politiques, pédagogie, journalisme, communication interculturelle etc.), à exprimer leurs points de vue – dans une perspective inter- et transdisciplinaire – sur des thèmes tels que : Goulag /vs/ Shoah : mémoire(s), histoire(s), oubli(s) ; mémoire du communisme en Europe : Occident /vs/ Orient ; « lieux de mémoire » en Europe contemporaine ; « guerres de mémoires » et narrations identitaires en Europe contemporaine ; « post-mémoire » des totalitarismes en Europe contemporaine : horizons d’attente /vs/méta-narrations légitimatrices ; la « hantise du passé » dans les productions littéraires, artistiques et cinématographiques en Europe post-totalitaire.

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  • London

    Call for papers - Representation


    TaPRA Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Research Event

    In On Being Included, Sara Ahmed argues that institutional commitments to diversity may be considered “non-performatives”: they do not bring about what they name. Institutions run diversity workshops and committees, outreach programmes and ‘participatory’ or ‘inclusive’ agendas, but where does the gesture stop, and where does it begin? How may we understand the choreography and the dramaturgy of institutional outreaching? How can we begin to detour this language so as to rethink the role of the university – and of artistic practice – in public life today? Does the university have a role to play in public life, and what might that be? Does this equate with ‘outreach’? What is the relationship between artistic practice and what may be termed ‘creative research’?

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  • Sibiu

    Call for papers - Modern

    Instances of power and cultural discourse

    Intercultural exchange in the age of globalization, second edition

    In the context of today’s social, political and economic changes, power is one of the governing principles of culture. Power comes in many shapes and sizes and it manifests itself under various forms: it can be tyrannical or a combination of forces (Foucault); it can be charismatic, traditional and rational (Weber) or the opposite – manipulative; it can also appear as a system of diluted forces that spring from the “social field” (Bourdieu); it can remain in the unconscious or it can manifest itself in the speech act. However it may appear, it has become clear that power shapes the course of the creation, interpretation and analysis of literary texts and other cultural products.

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  • Loughborough

    Scholarship, prize and job offer - Representation

    PhD Studentships, School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University

    The Politicised Practice Research Group in the The School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University is offering a three-year PhD scholarship for a practice-based research project starting in October 2018. We welcome the submission of high-quality proposals that have the potential to make a substantive contribution to research within the School and invite proposals that address the following research theme: Re-imagining citizenship through practice.

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  • Call for papers - Language

    (Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction

    Combined call for paper "Colloquy" Special Issue and Book

    We are interested in submissions that explore the ethical dimensions of utopia, dystopia and science fiction (sf). This focus on ethics allows for a range of topics, including environmental ethics and climate change, human bioethics, animal ethics, the ethical use of technology, ethics of alterity and otherness, as well as related issues of social justice. We welcome submissions that bring these ethical considerations into dialogue with speculative fiction across different genres and modes, from sf about the near or distant future, to alternative histories about better or worse presents, to stories about utopian or dystopian societies.

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  • Call for papers - Thought

    What remains of postmodernity?

    Since the 70s, the word postmodernity has articulated a tendency, a state of mind, and a condition that resists conceptualization or complete definition. Although the intellectual community has agreed to situate J. F. Lyotard and his key work, The Postmodern condition (1979), as the origin of the debate on this phenomenon, the truth is that the literary theorist Ihab Hassan had already used the word systematically in 1971. Since that date, the notion has spread across the fields of Literature, Architecture, Visual Arts, and the Social Sciences. These are two of the problems that one faces when approaching the surface of the postmodern phenomenon: its lack of definition and its ambiguous periodization.

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  • Call for papers - Representation

    Art as stage - culture(s) and mediation, exhibition issues

    Culture(s) et médiation, problématiques de l'exposition

    L’exposition, si elle demeure un événement crucial en proposant un enjeu artistique, est aussi l’espace de constitution ou de perpétuation d’une scène structurant différents publics, en relation à une très grande multiplicité de lieux ou à l’émergence d’une diversité de programmations, s'inscrivant ainsi dans la logique d'un espace autre, d'un espace particulier, se définissant comme une scène de l'art. Plus que jamais elle se structure comme un lieu vivant, fait d’une multitude d’interactions, d’approches et de pratiques, auxquels participent la critique, le public et conjointement une multiplicité d'acteurs autant institutionnels que privés, transcrivant l’exposition comme un récit éminemment combinatoire et polysémique, spéculatif et conceptuel, intègrant une cartographie de gestes et d’interprétations qui font d’elle désormais un champ disciplinaire et un domaine d'étude.

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  • Lecture series - Sociology

    The production of common assets? François Jullien conference cycle

    Cycle de conférence par François Jullien

    Le commun est un concept lié à l’organisation de la société. Depuis le début des années 2000, l’idée du « commun » revient au cœur des débats. Dans un monde de plus en plus global et multiculturel, relancer et promouvoir l’idée du commun constitue un enjeu majeur. Promoteur de la citoyenneté dans tous les espaces de la société, le commun nait de la volonté de partager. Comment produire du commun ? Le commun est-il le semblable ? Quelle universalité à donner à l’idée du commun ? Comment concevoir le dialogue entre les cultures ? Le commun : entre individualisme et communautarisme ? Conçu comme un parcours balisé autour de la pensée de François Jullien, ce cycle plonge l’auditeur autour des concepts forgés par le philosophe français qui éclairent aujourd’hui la pensée contemporaine, et qui permettent de réactiver l’idée du commun propice à une société plus unie et solidaire.

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  • Call for papers - Representation

    Black womanhood in popular culture

    De Gruyter Open topical issue

    In contemporary popular culture, black womanhood frequently takes centre stage. It occupies an increasingly central place and articulates new and renewed dimensions, prompting questions about the status of black women in the cultural imaginary of the United States and beyond. Most prominently, Michelle Obama's First Ladyship has sparked scholarly and media discussions around the significance of stereotypes associated with black women, the possibilities and limitations of public figures to create new images and anchor them in the cultural imaginary, and about the subject positions and images that express and shape constructions of black womanhood (cf. Harris-Perry 2011, Schäfer 2015, Spillers 2009).

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