The conference “Conceptualizing Work: Mapping Interfaces of Academic and Artistic Practice” is jointly organized by the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), the International PhD Programme in Literary and Cultural Studies (IPP), and the PhDnet Literary and Cultural Studies (PhDnet) within the context of the RuhrTriennale Festival for the Arts 2014 (Bochum, Germany).
The exploratory conference offers an attractive academic program with keynote lectures by e.g. Heiner Goebbels, the artistic director of the RuhrTriennale, and a range of activities that include the RuhrTriennale Festival, such as visiting performances and an exhibition about labor (Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann’s Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit). The program is geared toward all doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working within and across the arts.
We invite papers that address notions, concepts and representations of ‘work’ and ‘labor’ associated with these two domains through the thematic lens of the ‘interface’. Possible questions to be reflected upon are:
- Conceptualizations of ‘work’ in art and academia, with regard to both the praxeological and epistemological dimensions: How do artists and researchers in the study of culture work? What kinds of knowledge does their work produce? What different forms does the significance or even imperative of creativity (cf. Andreas Reckwitz) take in the work of artists and researchers?
- Notions of working at the ‘interfaces’ between the study of culture and art as well as actual and potential forms of networking and collaborating between both domains: How do/can art and academia work individually and collectively? What are their shared concerns and aims? What is the added value of the two cultures working together?
- Terms and processes of mapping and translating knowledge from one realm into the other: How can this knowledge be transferred from one domain into the other? How do they tackle socio-cultural, political, economic and ecological concerns (such as the division of labor, labor migration, the relations between work and ecology, economy or precariousness)? How can scholars and artists find a common language to talk about historical and contemporary manifestations of labor and their – political as well as artistic – conceptualizations?
Contributions to the conference can deal with any of the above mentioned topics, but are by no means restricted to them.We invite proposals for either
1. conventional conference papers with abstracts (of 200 words) with a short note on your current project and academic/artistic affiliation and, or 2. artistic presentations, e.g. project presentation, and artist talks with abstracts (of 200 words) or 3. for round table discussions: an edgy thesis, which you are willing to defend in the discussion, together with a short note on your current project and academic/artistic affiliation.
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture
Alter Steinbacher Weg 38,
Phone: +49 641 / 99-30 041
Fax: +49 641 / 99-30 049
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