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Date: 23 - 24 May 2013
Venue: Lancaster University and The Storey, Lancaster
Theorising Surfaces: An Interdisciplinary Seminar
In the Arts and Social Sciences, theoretical consideration of the surface and its relationship to individual and collective identities is widespread and diverse.
For example, in Film and Animation Studies, Art and Anthropology, critics such as Vivian Sobchack (2008) and Tim Ingold (2007) have analysed subjectivity, line and surface; in English, History and Cultural Studies, Claudia Benthien (2004), Steven Connor (2004), Elspeth Probyn (2005), Patricia Cahill (2009) and Tanya Pollard (2010) have scrutinised the historical significance of skin as a surface; in Sociology, there is increased concern with flatness, association and networks (Bruno Latour 2005, Lisa Adkins and Celia Lury 2009). Despite this interest, there has - as yet - been no sustained attempt to map out this field of research.
Taking place at The Storey Creative Industries, Lancaster, and Lancaster University, Theorising Surfaces assembles a range of interdisciplinary and transhistorical speakers with the aims of (a) establishing a set of comparative theoretical co-ordinates for this emerging field and (b) initiating a network of scholars working in 'Surface Studies'.
Speakers' areas of interests include: corporeality and history; drawing and materiality; lines and making; topology and space; interactive digital art; aesthetics and climate change; mobile methods and digital technologies.
Friday 24th May, The Storey Creative Industries Centre, Lancaster, 10.00-17.00
Places are limited. To register:
- Patricia Cahill, English, Emory University, USA
- Sarah Casey, Contemporary Art, Lancaster University
- Tim Ingold, Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, UK
- Celia Lury, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, UK
- Daniel Rozin, Interactive Digital Art, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, USA
- Jen Southern, Sociology and Digital Arts, Lancaster University, UK
- Kathryn Yusoff, Geography and Environment, Lancaster University UK
On Thursday 23rd May, 14.00 - 16.30, there will also be a workshop open to Lancaster staff and students, where those interested in surfaces can present 10 minute 'position papers'. Please send a 200 word abstract by Monday 6th May to the organisers:
The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars at Lancaster who work on surfaces in different disciplines and from different approaches. If you are interested in attending, please contact Beckie and Liz.
Who can attend: Anyone
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