Art History Graduate Student Union
Call for Papers
26th Annual Crossing the Boundaries Conference:
[pl.]: Exploring the Multiple
Friday, March 16 – Saturday, March 17, 2018
In his dystopian novel Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami describes two parallel worlds—one similar to our contemporary capitalist society, the other a counterfactual world where people have no names but rather distinguish each other by their professions. One particular occupation, “Dreamreader,” is assigned to read old, distant, and unremembered dreams through the touch of self-illuminating unicorns’ skulls. Situated in what seems to be the only conceivable reality, we oftentimes limit ourselves to one conventional discourse or frame of thought, and forget alternative possibilities; we forget to cross the very thin line connecting one universe to another, where the potential to read and to be illuminated by multiple dreams is promised.
Binghamton University’s Art History Graduate Student Union seeks Dreamreaders and others, from multiple disciplinary backgrounds, for the 26th annual Crossing the Boundaries conference, which will engage the concept of [pl.]: Exploring the Multiple. The recent return to issues of the real and unreal, stimulated by discourses around art objects, techno-culture, and systems theory, prompts continued searching for multiple, unstable, even incoherent statuses and possibilities, and their relocation within an ocean of networks. The making of such alternative constellations is the aim of this gathering.
Today, when dreamlands seem to be so far out of reach, we wish to invite scholars and researchers from different fields to join this exploration of the multiple: to cross discursive boundaries, to add an “-s” to every term we engage, and to once more hold close our seemingly remote dreams.
The 2018 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Crossing the Boundaries XXVI invites proposals for academic papers / creative practices from MA and PhD students, independent scholars, and artists. Potential topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:
- Accidents and the accidental
- Architectural free-spaces
- Archived and unarchived histories
- Corporeality/-ies and materiality/-ies
- Cultural techniques
- Dispositifs: cinematic, exhibitionary, photographic, or theatrical apparatuses
- Ecological humanities
- Observation vs. ontology: working against speaking on images in ontological terms
- Humanism and post-humanism
- Soft architectures
Those interested in participating in the conference should send a one-page abstract (no more than 250 words), CV, and cover page with institutional affiliation, if relevant, and contact information (phone number and email address) to:
Submissions due by Friday, February 9, 2018