Jun 12, 2014

The 1st PARSE Biennial Research Conference

The 1st PARSE Biennial Research Conference
(5th and 6th November 2015) Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS – Panels, Papers, Performances, Screenings, and Workshops.

The first biennial PARSE conference at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (5th and 6thNovember 2015) takes as its point of departure the question of TIME. Time arguably has always been at the center of the research initiatives of the natural sciences, of philosophy and of the many different practices of history and social criticism. However, time also occupies a central place for the curiosity and attention of artist researchers across all the arts. The intensification of the question of time has, in recent years, prompted some to speak of a "temporal turn" across the disciplines. This conference seeks to bring together a range of researchers, drawn mainly from the artistic fields but also inviting researchers from across all domains (sciences and humanities) to consider questions with respect to the practices, processes and perturbations of time.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
constructions of contemporaneity
time and the aesthetic
time and affect
gendered time
queer times
durational practices
public time
network time
the temporal regime of the gift
globalization, instantaneity and temporal collapse
the nostalgia of capital
the temporal imaginaries of sustainability and ecological practices
the time of the political
labour time and forms of life
the time of the poem
after narrative time
empire time
revolutionary time
dead-time, end-time, out-of-time, behind-the-times and again next time...

Contributions are invited in the form of papers, presentations, artistic interventions, readings, panels, performances, public actions, screenings and workshops.
We are especially interested in contributions that critically reflect upon, and/or in some way work to modify the familiar conventions of the academic paper, the panel discussion and the artist's talk.

The deadline for proposals is 1st March 2015, however, we are accepting proposals for peer review from July 1st 2014, and we recommend early submission.

Proposals should be sent to

Please include:
(i) an abstract / summary description of the proposed contribution (300 words)
(ii) a recent CV of participant(s)
(iii) an indication of technical or other requirements for the contribution / presentation.

NOTE: For performances, screenings or workshop events it is especially important to have a clear sense of any technical or spatial requirements.

Suggested duration for contributions:
Artists' presentations, papers and readings 20 minutes. (We are aware that some artists' presentations could require more time. Please indicate if this is the case).
Panels 60 to 90 minutes (depending on number of contributors and nature of panel presentations.)
For Artistic interventions, Performances, Public actions and Screenings, please indicate the duration proposed suggestion.

Peer Review Process:
Each proposal will be peer-reviewed by three members drawn from the panel with reference to:
(i) relevance to the overarching thematics of TIME
(ii) potential in developing a dialogue across the disciplines
(iii) originality of contribution

The peer review comprises members of the PARSE Advisory and Editorial Boards and includes:
Ute Meta Bauer, Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Darla Crispin, Associate Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo
Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy at the New School in New York City
Bruno Latour, Professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris
Andrea Phillips, Reader in Fine Art, at Goldsmiths, University of London
Henk Slager, Dean of the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (MaHKU) and Professor of Artistic Research at the University of the Arts, Utrecht
Lou Yongqi, Dean and Professor at the College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai
Magnus Bärtås, Professor at the University College of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm
Barbara Czarniawska, Professor at the Gothenburg Research Institute
Catharina Dyrssen, Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
Lars Hallnäs, Professor at the Swedish School of Textiles, Borås
Esa Kirkkopelto, Professor at the University of the Arts, Helsinki
Ola Sigurdson, Professor at the University of Gothenburg
Henric Benesch, Research Strategist at the School of Design and Craft
Jason E. Bowman, Head of Subject, Fine Art at the Valand Academy
Ingrid Elam, Dean, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts
Anders Hultqvist, Associate Professor at the School of Music and Drama
Cecilia Lagerström, Researcher at the School of Music and Drama
Maria Nyström, Professor at the School of Design and Craft
Mick Wilson, Head of the Valand Academy
Johan Öberg, Senior adviser for research, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts


All contributions will be recorded for archive purposes.


A selection of contributions will be further developed for publication through the PARSE Journal in consultation with, and by permission of, the authors.

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We look forward to hearing from you!