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. This conference’s scope encourages a convergence of studies across various disciplines in the arts and accordingly, the concept of “movement” is broadly defined.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Tracing history and personal story through objects
The impact of trade networks on material
Mediation and transmediation
Object biography, the social life of things
Object/material diaspora
Repatriation of cultural material
Appropriation and transformation
Cross-cultural understandings of the material
Historical and/or geographical distances
Theoretical issues surrounding matter, materiality, objects and things
Please email a title and 250-300-word abstract to with the subject “Interface 2015 proposal submission.” Submissions should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich text (.rtf) formats. Conference presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. More information is available at on the conference website.
Panel proposals should include at least three speakers with prepared abstracts.
Deadline: March 2, 2015
Please ensure that the following information is included with your paper proposal:

  • Brief biography indicating your name, status, and institutional affiliation (25-50 words)
  • Paper title, or working title
  • Brief description of any technology requirements

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