antiTHESIS seeks papers exploring the concept of futures to be presented at a symposium on Friday, 9 July 2010, at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate Centre, 10am to 5pm. We invite graduate students and researchers from all disciplines within the arts, humanities and social sciences to submit abstracts.
It has become increasingly difficult to conceive of our culture as following a dialectical progression from a shared past into a collective future, whether utopian or dystopian. We find ourselves instead at a point at which “The Future,” a key concept in all branches of Western thought, creativity and experience, is replaced by myriad “Futures” of immediate relevance and consequence. How is our relationship to the future changing, and how do we actualise these potential futures?
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
• Terminus: the perceived ends of art, theory, ideology and history (and what comes after) • Alternative cultural and Indigenous perceptions of temporality • Future places and spaces • Future bodies, future minds • SF: speculative and science fiction • Futures of communication: new forms of language and media • Futures of diaspora, race and migration • Genetic futures: neo-hybridity and bio-technics • Technology: innovation, renovation and obsolescence • Retro-futurism: past visions of the future in design and fashion • Possible worlds: future political and social models • Environmental futures • Future memory and memorialisation • Apocalyptic visions •
Symposium papers should aim to be 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes of audience Q&A. To submit a proposal for a presentation, please send a 300-word abstract and short biographical note (100 words maximum) to email@example.com by Monday, 31 May 2010. All proposals will be considered and authors notified by 7 June 2010.
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE: www.antithesis.unimelb.edu.au
AntiTHESIS: A Graduate Student Journal of Criticism and Creative Writing
The University of Melbourne
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