2011 Interstices Under Construction Symposium:
Technics, Memory and the Architecture of History
25-27 November 2011
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Prof Alessandra Ponte, Université de Montréal, Canada
Prof William Taylor, University of Western Australia
Dr Peg Rawes, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
Dr Karen Burns, Monash University
Prof Jeff Malpas, University of Tasmania
In the light of massive catastrophes - the earthquakes near Sendai and Christchurch, the tsunamis of Acheh and Katrina's devastation of New Orleans - the question of urban and architectural reconstruction invokes the question of remembering. What is this 'past' that we remember and on which we base our future reconstructions? What images of the past do we call upon in our decisions to build or not to build - and how do they negotiate the terrain between memory and history, nature and culture, technology and sustainability, planning and responding, tradition and innovation, foundations and interstices?
What are some of the key image-objects that architecturalise historiography, particularly the historiographies of architecture, design and art? What are the ontological conditions surrounding these historical image-objects, their construction and dissemination? What alternative topologies of memorialising the past are imaginable: narratival, conversational, oral and gestural? What images are inherited by the historian, and how does the interior (psychic) condition of the historian assimilate (or not) the otherness of the image-objects that arrive from the outside?
Taking seriously the metaphor of the cinematic, the temporalisation of the image-object and its absorption into the sphere of production, and the indeterminacy of images that carry the technics of interhuman relations, the symposium invokes the theatre of the historian's individuation alongside history's mnemotechnics that organize the images which appear whenever memory is invoked.
For full Call for Papers/Works, please refer to http://intersticesjournal.wordpress.com/
We invite you to contribute to the symposium by sending a 500 word abstract of your presentation (scholarly paper, drawings, installations, and/or film) and short bio to Stephen Loo (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31 July 2011. Abstracts will be double-blind refereed and, if accepted, published on the Interstices website http://intersticesjournal.wordpress.com/and www.interstices.auckland.ac.nz.
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