The Art and Design Graduate Student Association (ADGSA) at the University of Alberta currently seeks proposals for a graduate student symposium on the topic of instability in art and design. We are interested in projects that address the role of inconstancy, unpredictability, degradation, oscillation, and/or transformation in cultural production. The event, to be held on March 17, 2012, will promote an understanding of instability not as a hindrance or limitation but as a pervasive condition that can be exposed and even harnessed to productive critical ends.
We invite papers that encompass a broad range of methodologies and historical periods. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
o Art/design produced under and manifesting conditions of personal, historical, political, cultural, economic, or environmental instability
o Investigations of instability, whether physical, chemical or structural, as a producer or signifier of meaning
o Formal and/or theoretical analyses of artworks that engage such abstract notions as ruination, chance or contingency, or volatility and apocalypticism
Current and recent graduate students can send 300-word abstracts for 15-20 minute papers and a curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 19, 2011.
Keynote speaker TBA. Please see http://adgsa.wordpress.com for more information.
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