The proverbial picture is worth a thousand words, yet images are rarely devoid of textual or verbal accompaniment. We use words to describe images, just as we use images to convey stories. Images and text appear in conjunction, and in succession, and these juxtapositions may be read as narratives. In sum, text, image and narrative are nothing less than mutually constitutive. In learning about objects and images, and in preparing resultant outcomes, cultural historians and commentators employ a range of methods and sources, from observation, interview and oral history, to object analysis and documentary interpretation. What is at stake in the translation of sources, both visual/pictorial and written/verbal, in the production of these analyses? Posters, paintings, guidebooks, films, computer games and other digital environments are just some of the cultural artefacts in which text, narrative and image intersect in particular ways. Art historians, design historians, material culturalists, practitioners of cultural studies and others are invited to reflect on their sources, the issues mobilised by articulating images and objects with language and the ways in which their talking and writing conditions understanding of cultural artefacts. Show/ Tell: Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image is the first conference in a biennial series.
Panels of three or more papers might address the following indicative questions:
How do cultural narratives shape understanding of the artefacts they represent?
How does propaganda manipulate word and image to tell truths and lies about gender?
How have old media such as cinema responded to new media sites for stories?
How do theory and practice intersect in the art and design education?
How do archival and curatorial practices shape cultural understanding?
How does oral history inform understanding of texts, narratives, objects and images?
How do we write, talk and teach about the tacit and the haptic?
How is taste shaped through text, narrative and image?
How do text, narrative and image appear in the works of individual practitioners?
How might the borders of text, narrative and image be transcended?
Proposals for papers and panels are invited for 1st March 2005 - go to http://www.art-design.herts.ac.uk/ocs/submit.php to submit an abstract of 300 words for a 25 minute paper. Questions should be directed to Grace Lees-Maffei at the e-mail address provided below. Proposals for panels of three papers are welcomed and should include a rationale with the abstracts and contributor details. Proposals will be subject to single blind refereeing by an international panel of referees. Selections will be made on the basis of relevance to the conference theme, originality and clarity of the theme, research context, and method. Publication of selected papers is planned.
Hatfield enjoys excellent transport links: the University is served by the A1M motorway, near to Stansted and Luton airports and is 25 minutes from central London by train.
Grace Lees-Maffei MA RCA ILTM
Co-ordinator, tVAD Research Group
Senior Lecturer in the History & Theory of Design & Applied Arts
University of Hertfordshire
Faculty of Art and Design
Hatfield AL10 9AB
Direct Line: 44 (0)1707 285369
Fax: 44 (0)1707 285350
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