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Time: Feb 29th, 11:59 pm End: Feb 29th, 11:59 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Information, Faculty of, Digital Art/Humanities, Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-
Call for Papers for a symposium to be held 13-14 May 2016


Image/Interface Symposium
University of Toronto
Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14, 2016

Cohosted by the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) and the Jackman Humanities Institute

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Monday, February 29, 2016
Notification of acceptance: Mid March 2016

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • The Otolith Group, London based art collective
  • Lisa Parks, Professor of Film & Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara
  • Julian Stallabrass, Professor of Modern & Contemporary Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Image/Interface symposium will explore the notion of technologies as physical objects—things, tools, apparatus, and the physically situated environment—for producing, receiving, and engaging with the increasing immateriality of imagery and visual cultures. The symposium foregrounds the materiality of technological practice while examining the reception, use, and sharing of cultural and political expression as well as the communication of embodied or situated knowledge and experiences.

We invite artists, creative practitioners, and scholars from across the fields of Media and Journalism Studies, Art History, and Visual Communication to present recent research and artistic work that critically reconsiders images in relation to:

  • the materiality of the screen, the lens, and the interface
  • the social and political ramifications of immersion, embodiment, and interactivity
  • information sharing, surveillance and countersurveillance
  • the digital expression, construction and/or obfuscation of identity, gender, or ethnicity
  • media oriented social engagement, collaboration and social knowledge creation

Scholars from all stages of their careers (including PhD students) are welcome to apply. A honorarium at CARFAC rates will be offered to artists and creative practitioners.

The symposium will take place at JHI on Friday May 13 and at UTSC on Saturday May 14. If selected, each presenter will participate in a thematic panel and be asked to prepare a presentation of about 15-20 minutes. We ask that invitees attend the events on both days.

The Image/Interface symposium is part of the JHI 2015-2016 Program for the Arts. The program theme “Things that Matter” investigates how material culture carries “affective, social, cultural, historical, religious, economic, and political meanings and relation” and how things “provide insights into how people make sense of experience and come together as societies”.

Abstract Submission Guidelines and Format:
Online submission through the JHI website is required.  If you do not have an account yet, you will need to register a new user account first. 

Please click HERE to submit your proposal.

You will be asked for the following information:

  • an abstract (maximum 300 words) The abstract should indicate the format of your proposed presentation, i.e. academic paper or creative work.
  • institutional affiliation and short bio (maximum 200 words)

For Artists/Creative Practitioners

  • a CV (maximum 5 pages)
  • a PDF portfolio (maximum 5MB) -- Please be aware that the submission system will not accept proposals of more.  If your documents are too large, you will see an error message, and your application will not be recorded.  Please save your documents in a smaller format and try again.

For more information please contact:

Conference Organizers:

  • Ruoyun Bai , Associate Professor of Media Studies
  • Kenzie Burchell, Assistant Professor of Journalism
  • Evie Yi Gu, Assistant Professor of Art History
  • Will Kwan , Associate Professor of Studio

Download CFP [pdf]

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