[Humanist] 24.927 events: ubiquity in digital culture

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 927.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 5 May 2011 18:26:34 +0100
        From: "Bentkowska-Kafel, Anna" <anna.bentkowska at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: CFP - CHArt conference 2011: The Challenge of Ubiquity in Digital Culture, 17-18 November
        In-Reply-To: <9A7864C5811D0D488AFEE5E7BE927B835092FB9D3B at SALCEYCMS1.open.ac.uk>

The Challenge of Ubiquity in Digital Culture

CHArt 27th Annual Conference, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th November 2011, London venue to be confirmed


Utopian hopes for the ubiquity of digital and networked technologies leading to a more transparent and democratic society  are being met by expressions of concern about their implications for art. Nicholas Bourriaud has observed that such technologies can bring about a 'collective desire to create new areas of conviviality and introduce new types of transaction with regard to the cultural object'. However, others perceive an imminent threat, characterised by such terms as a digital 'deluge' or 'oblivion’.  CHArt is interested to examine critically both positive views and apocalyptic concerns about the implications of the widespread merger of telecommunications and computer technology in society for art, its history and practice.

We are looking for papers that engage with issues including, but not limited to:

 *   The implications of the ubiquity of digital and network technologies for evaluating what constitutes an original work of art and the originality of its creator(s).
 *   What effects have these technologies had on valuing art in terms of its aesthetic quality?
 *   What impact have real-time technologies had for the creation, ownership and distribution of culture?
 *   What are the impacts of the widespread proliferation and use of such technologies on curatorial practice and the processes of selecting, preserving and enabling access to art?
 *   How have they affected both the content and methods of teaching the history and practice of art?
 *   Are other disciplines and areas of society affected by art mediated by real-time technologies? How?

We are particularly interested in work that engages with such questions and extends beyond simply understanding digital and network technologies as transparent conduits of data and information. CHArt encourages proposals addressing complex artefacts that, in Friedrich Kittler's words, 'determine our situation'.

Contributions are welcomed from all sections of the CHArt community on the intersection between art and art history and semantic web developments; cloud computing; data mining; screen scraping; crowd sourcing; mashups; and freely available sites that enable data and images to be stored and accessed.

CHArt seeks papers from art historians, artists, architects and architectural theorists and historians, curators, conservators, computing scientists, scientists, cultural and media theorists, archivists, technologists, educationalists and philosophers.

Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal. CHArt is able to offer assistance with the conference fees for up to three student delegates. Priority will be given to students whose papers are accepted for presentation. An application form and proof of university enrolment will be required. For further details about the Helene Roberts Bursary please email anna.bentkowska at kcl.ac.uk<mailto:anna.bentkowska at kcl.ac.uk>.

Submissions should be in the form of a 300-400 word synopsis of the proposed paper with brief biographical information (no more than 200 words) of presenter/s, and should be emailed to chart at kcl.ac.uk by Friday June 17th 2011.

Notification of paper acceptance: 1 September 2011
Submission of papers: 17 October 2011

Dr Anna Bentkowska-Kafel
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL

Tel: +44(0)20 7848 1421

anna.bentkowska at kcl.ac.uk

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