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Toward (In)Visibility: Space, Temporality, and Voice

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Posted by: University of California, San Diego
Deadline: Tue, January 22nd, 2019

Toward (In)Visibility: Space, Temporality, and Voice
UCSD 12th Anuual Graduate Visual Arts Symposium
March 2nd, 2019
Call for Papers

 "The aim is to articulate the elusive idea of a materiality that is itself heterogeneous, itself a differential of intensities, itself a life. In this strange vital materialism, there is no point of pure stillness, no indivisible atom that is not itself aquiver with virtual force."

J. Bennett, Vibrant Matter (2009)

"The “here” of the body does not simply refer to the body, but to “where” the body dwells. The “here” of bodily dwelling is thus what takes the body outside of itself, as it is affected by its surroundings: the skin that seems to contain the body is also where the atmosphere creates an impression: just think of goosebumps, textures on the skin surface, as body traces of the coldness of the air."   

S. Ahmed, Queer Phenomenology (2006)

This symposium hopes to bring to the foreground new theories of politics in relation to space, temporality and voice. Looking toward contemporary theory, we are interested in how society has been shaped by notions of space, temporality, and the voice. Drawing from past examples and issues, the goal is to unveil that which has long been invisible, masked as a framing device. To reveal invisibilities and make them visible, we would like to give voice to those unheard, to disrupt the status quo. We hope to generate dynamic, fluid discourse on society and visual culture hitherto considered unchangeable, unmoving and undefinable.

We welcome scholars of all backgrounds with non-traditional, creative projects from a range of disciplines to submit presentations in the format of individual papers.

Presentation topics might include but are not limited to:

Alternative temporalities
Politics of space
Speculative space
Notions of home
Orientation vs. disorientation
Queer space/movement
Film and media scholarship
Critical theory and philosophy
Embodiment: skin, blood, and breath
Role of ephemerality in objects and space
New materialism
Cross-media practices
Spectacle and entertainment
Visual culture and anthropology
Race, gender, colonial and ethnic studies

In addition to the panel presentations, we will have a keynote speaker and a UCSD Visual Arts professor moderating each panel.


Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words along with relevant images and working title, for consideration for a 20-minute presentation, along with a short bio and CV to by January 22nd, 2019. Applicants will be notified of a decision by February 1st. Please direct any inquiries to

Posted on Tue, January 8th, 2019
Expires on Tue, January 22nd, 2019

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