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Media in Transition

A major international conference focused on the intersection of media art and technological change over time. How is this shifting the way museums operate and how conservation works?  

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Julia Scher Interviewed at SFMOMA as part of the Artist Initiative. Courtesy of SFMOMA.

Julia Scher Interviewed at SFMOMA as part of the Artist Initiative. Courtesy of SFMOMA.

18, 19 & 20 November 2015
Adult £180
Concession £120

Three artists, Susan Hiller, Runa Islam, and Hito Steyerl will launch Media in Transition with their keynote presentations. The conference will promote interdisciplinary in-depth discussions and lively debate about specific works of art including those by Joseph Beuys, David Lamelas, Gustav Metzger, Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, and Julia Scher
Hosted by the Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute and Tate, this landmark event brings together the major institutions and thinkers at the forefront of responding to the needs of an important group of contemporary artworks.
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Call for papers: The art market in a global perspective

Via Olav Velthuis, University of Amsterdam

28-30 January 2016, University of Amsterdam, Department of Sociology

The aim of this multidisciplinary international conference is to bring together theoretical perspectives (ranging from sociology, anthropology, art history, economics and geography) that help advance our understanding of how art markets function, while offering high-level qualitative and quantitative empirical contributions to their local and global articulations. We particularly welcome contributions on emerging art markets in countries such as China, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, India or Brazil.

The conference seeks to delve into the shifting relationship between established and emerging art markets through a series of paper presentation and keynote sessions, as well as panel discussions with expert practitioners from the field (gallerists, artists, collectors, museum directors), drawing on experiences from a variety of geographical contexts.…

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From Home Movies to Homs

The amateur film is becoming a global visual lingua franca, a consequence of the conjuncture of the digital with new and widely accessible film technologies (notably the camera phone) and new methods of distribution (open access video platforms, typified by YouTube). Amateur film now saturates online media discourse as well as personal and social media communication. Its ubiquity is one visible example of the current radical shift in media systems, whilst the films themselves are both reshaping the formal language of the moving image and refashioning the representation, mediation, and even the construction of the self. In these three workshops we propose to examine the history and present state of amateur film, beginning with amateur films shot in the British colonies, and stretching through to the use of amateur film in the ongoing conflict in Syria.
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World Museums: Geographies and Genealogies

Via Felix Driver, Royal Holloway

May 19, 2015

World Museums: Geographies and Genealogies 

Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, 5.15pm

In conversation:

Anthony Shelton, Director of the Museum of Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Annie E. Coombes, Professor of Material and Visual Culture & Director of the Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, University of London.

This HARC Dialogues event will focus on the idea of the world museum, as expressed originally in the concept of the universal or encyclopaedic museum, and reinvented for the twenty-first century in museums of world cultures: the world, its peoples and their objects, brought under one roof. What does it mean to define  the remit and audiences of museums as global? Does it matter where museums are located?…

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Crowd-sourcing and Crowd-funding our human past


The MicroPasts project, an AHRC collaborative UCL-British Museum Project, uses web-based technologies to foster collaborations between researchers based in higher education and heritage institutions and members of the public to study the human past. Together, the project team has created new open archaeological data via crowdsourcing ( and arranged the micro-financing of community archaeology and community history projects (

The MicroPasts end of first phase funding conference will be held at the Royal Geographical Society on the 31st March 2015. We look forward to welcoming you and tickets can be purchased online or via contacting us directly. The conference programme has now been finalised and features some very interesting speakers as shown below. Lunch is provided in the ticket price and there will be some free things to take away (apart from the knowledge shared) and we hope to film the speakers.…

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Cyclone Pam – Support Vanuatu

Haidy Geismar, UCL

As I’m sure you are all aware, last week Vanuatu was devastated by Cyclone Pam, battering the country with winds of over 270 mph. The storm knocked out the country’s telecommunications and transport infrastructure and now, just a few days later, it is estimated that more then 70% of the population are left homeless, without adequate drinking water, and without food. The long term prospects for food security are also bad as most of the garden crops that people live off have been destroyed. President Baldwin Lonsdale has announced that the storm had “wiped out” recent development and that “everything” would have to be rebuilt.

Vanuatu is the place that I have worked as an anthropologist since 2000. The places I have worked – Port Vila, Malakula, Ambrym – via the networks set in place by the Vanuatu Cultural Centre have all been either badly damaged or destroyed.…

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The Quest for the Good Life in Precarious Times: Grassroots perspectives on value in the 21st century

The Quest for the Good Life in Precarious Times: Grassroots perspectives on value in the 21st century

Manchester, The Martin Harris Centre, 24th  – 26th  March, 2015


The event is hosted by the ESRC-funded research project The Domestic Moral Economy: An ethnographic study of value in the Asia Pacific.  Over two days five research teams with overlapping inquiries will meet and present papers.  For full programme, descriptions of the projects and registration details, see our website

The conference begins at 4:30pm Tues 24 March, with a pre-conference seminar on Democratising the Study of Economics lead by five members of Manchester’s Post Crash Economics Society, chaired by Professor John O’Neill.

It ends at 5:30 Thurs. 26 March in a round table discussion on the conference theme chaired by Chris Gregory with the PIs of the five projects; Chris Hann, Susana Narotzky, Niko Besnier, Deborah James, Karen Sykes, and Jane Guyer.…

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Aesthetics and ethics: An enquiry into their relationship


A one-day workshop

​Wednesday 6 May 2015 9:30 am – 4 pm

Venue: Daryll Forde Seminar Room

Department of Anthropology

University College London

14 Taviton, London WC1H 0BW


Keynote speakers:

Christopher Pinney (University College London)

Roger Sansi-Roca (Goldsmiths)



Haidy Geismar

Elena Magdalena Craciun


The relationship between aesthetics and ethics has long been the topic of scholarly debates, from Kant’s (1928[1790]) insistence that the experience of beauty involved disinterested contemplation and, subsequently, the separation of aesthetics from ethics, or Wittgenstein’s (1961[1889]) enigmatic proposition that ‘ethics and aesthetics are one’, to the numerous enquiries into the ethical aspects of art and art criticism or the aesthetic aspects of moral life and moral evaluation (e.g. Bourdieu 1984, Foucault 1985, 1986, Eco 1986, Eagleton 1990, Guattari 1995, Korsmeyer 1998, Levinson 2001, Rancière 2006, Osborne and Tanner 2007).…

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CFP: 4S Conference 2015, Panel on technologies of representation

4S Conference 2015 – Denver, Colorado (USA), 11-14 November 2015

Call for Papers for Open Panel
From one thing to another: Technologies of representation in design and making

Panel Chairs:
Arlene Oak, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta (
Claire Nicholas, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta (


We would like to invite abstract submissions for an open panel at the 4S Conference (Society for the Social Study of Science) in Denver (11-14 November 2015).  The deadline to submit an individual paper abstract to the conference is March 29, 2015.  When you submit on the conference website, you will be prompted to indicate the panel to which you would like to contribute.  Please email Arlene or Claire if you anticipate submitting an abstract.…

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CFP: Interface Conference: Materiality and Movement (Carleton University)

Carleton University’s Interface Conference: Materiality and Movement, 1-3 May 2015

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University

Made objects, unlike bodies that disintegrate – are trans-temporal. They are mobile and are continually moving across time and space, carrying within them stories and meanings that they have accumulated as a result of this mobility. In an increasingly interconnected world – where the meanings of mediatory agents are endlessly shifting, traveling and transforming – there is a growing need for critical inquiry that concerns the entangled nature of materiality, mediation and mobility. Themes of distance and nearness and the impact of movement on the material will be considered during this conference. Papers, panels or workshops are welcomed that investigate how contemporary and historical circulations of people and things across time and space have meaningful implications within the contexts of both the local and the global.…

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