NICA/ASCA Conference Exploring Tensions Between Academic Theory and Praxis
28-29 November 2013, University of Amsterdam
Our goal is to explore and critique points of tension between academic practice in the humanities and the wider world in the broadest sense. (How) does academic research in the humanities enter into a larger dialogue beyond the academy? Is an insistence on quantifiable results essentially opposed to the logic of humanities research? What productive avenues of contact between practice and humanities research are already being explored? How can interdisciplinarity facilitate dialogue in “a common language”?
The conference is open to all academics working in the humanities and/or social sciences, especially PhD and Research Master students (presenters can receive 1 ETCS). Proposals for papers that pertain to all aspects of the relationship between theory and practice are welcome. Papers reflecting on existing practices, experiments and experiences are especially encouraged. Please submit your proposal (max. 300 words) with a short biographical note (max. 150 words) by 15 September 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org. If selected you will be asked to submit a paper of 3-4000 words (excluding bibliography) before 25 October 2013.
The "Is Thought Action?" Conference will be a mixture of panel discussions, showcases of creative works and two keynote lectures, one of which will be delivered by Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation.
Potential topics/angles for papers include but are not limited to:
Practice-based work in academia: What, how, and why?
(How) does practice-based work inform teaching and research?
"Bad writing" -- Obscurantism or anti-intellectualism?
Activism and academia
Interdisciplinarity as a way to broaden focus and reach
Mainstream media representation of academic research
Moral responsibility vs. academic freedom of thought
Precarious employment in academia and its consequences
Class, gender, ethnicity in academia
Radical critique and practical change
Radical theory vs. moral and political limits
Corporate influence on academia
Discussions, showcases of creative works and two keynote lectures. One will be delivered by Sut Jhally,Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation.
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