What, when & where
The FES Acatlán through the Research Program, the Humanities Division, the Humanities Program and the Hispanic Language and Literature and History Sections, have the honor of convene the 1st International Congress “Connections and dimensions of urban space” It will take place from October 23 to 25, 2019 on this university campus.
The city is a mainly cultural and human environment which concerns us in more specific ways than other spaces. In the context of urban space many aspects of our civilization, our history and imagination take shape; we interact and develop as individuals; our trajectories and social links get mapped and materialized. Thus, the I “Connections and Human Aspects of Urban Space” International Conference intends to open an interdisciplinary space where researchers whose work revolves around human and imaginary aspects of urban space can present their findings and be welcomed in an open discussion forum.
The call is addressed to all those researchers (teaching and research staff and students in the process of completing the thesis) both attached to the FES Acatlán and other institutions who are interested in getting in touch with researchers of their own and other disciplines in a critical and proactive dialogue. We welcome, among others, proposals that deal with the following issues:
a) Connected History and Urban Space
b) Urban Imaginaries
c) Linguistics and the city
d) Literature, cinema, music, art end the city
e) Historical Archaeology
f) Philosophy of the city
g) Urban sustainability
h) Urban identity
i) Urban aesthetics
j) City and technology
k) Intersectionality (gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class) and urban spaces
o) Urban design
p) Urban analysis
q) The right to the city
Deadline & how to apply
Send proposal’s title, 350 word abstract, author’s name and institutional adscription. Proposals will be received in the Spanish and English languages. All proposals for papers will be received via email by Dr. Elisa T. Di Biase, at the National University of Mexico (UNAM, FES Acatlán), in Mexico City, at firstname.lastname@example.org from April 1st and up to August the 23rd.
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What, when & where
Division of Cinema and Media Studies
University of Southern California
Constellations: Connections, Disruptions, and Imaginations in Cinema and Beyond.
Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11, 2019
When gazing at the sky, one turns to the billions of specks occupying the universe, an infinite space where visible and invisible galactic matter creates multidimensional shapes and figures. Throughout history, the cosmos has served as a site of epistemological enunciation. In connecting and linking disparate star systems, societies have advanced knowledge and created constellations. Constellations as metaphor moves one beyond discussions of the universe. In this regard, cinema, media, and visual culture have mediated our imagination on constellations. From planetariums and large screens projecting images of the enigmatic universe, to films imagining worlds outside of our own galaxy, to television and radio networks sending out sound and image via wavelengths, and to transmedia organizing, constellations are projections and imagined networks.
One can add that constellations have guided people to situate themselves within the universe; to shift their geographical and migratory positions; to measure and keep track of time; to sync to nature; and to preserve history and culture. Discrete points are the vital infrastructure supporting constellations; effacing points would compromise the integrity of the figure and radically transform its meaning and image.
Constellations are created when mapping and charting geographies, struggles, and movements. This allows one to rethink how their positionality and temporality link and relate disparate spaces, objects, and peoples. For example, sentient and non-sentient beings have formed their own social constellations, creating networks, circles, communities, and support systems. One can argue that media creates its own constellations, especially when mediums rely on other media systems: transmedia, intermedia, social media, and “cloud” sharing devices.
While constellations consist of connections that create imaginary shapes, objects, and figures, one must nuance the specificity of each point and raise questions that help one confront the precarity of constellations. Disruption enters the picture, threatening the integrity of the shape.
Imagining new constellations is hermeneutical. The act of imagining opens the possibility for third spaces, making room for new worlds, and forming connections that were otherwise impossible. When imagining constellations, one leaves open the possibility of adapting to new changes, allowing new points to enter and emerge, and respect the existence of other constellations in the vicinity. Cinema, media, and visual culture has been generative in this endeavor.
What happens when points are not granted their specificity? Can a point disengage from one constellation and align itself with others to create new constellations? What are the consequences when external forces seek to erase points in order to undo the power of unity in constellations? What is lost when constellations cease to exist? How is sound, moving images, and other media implicated in the creation and disruption of constellations?
The First Forum 2019 organizing committee welcomes papers, artwork, and creative projects that expand, complicate, and reconsider the metaphor of constellations in relation to sound and moving images. Papers outside the field of cinema and media are strongly encouraged.
Deadline & how to apply
Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.
Decision notification by Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Please e-mail an abstract of 250-300 words for a 15 to 18 minute presentation; a biography of 150 words; and institutional affiliation to email@example.com
Samples of artwork and creative projects for exhibition accompanied by a 250-300 word abstract and a biography of 150 words can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other info, Links & conditions
Please direct queries to Michael Anthony Turcios at email@example.com or to the conference organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org