This call reaches out to scholars and practitioners who study the implementation and potential of visual and multi-sensory representations to challenge and diversify our common understanding of history and culture.
In collaboration with HUMlab at the University of Umeå, as well as Visual Arena Research in Gothenburg and Critical Heritage Studies at the University of Gothenburg, we invite to a multidisciplinary conference to be held in Gothenburg March 19-21, 2015. Taking account of how cultural ideas, traditions and practices are constructed (and are constructing), transferred and disseminated in society, the goal of the conference is to connect a wide range of researchers and practitioners within heritage studies, digital humanities, history and adjoining disciplines.
We invite participants to critically address visual, audible, and multi-sensory representations in a number of topics including but not limited to:
• Modes through which visual, audible, and multi-sensory representations can challenge, diversify or uproot currently dominant and (often problematic) ideas of place, people and culture.
• Challenges and methodological tools in representing tangible and intangible artefacts – enactments of past or geographically disparate cultures.
• Alternative modes of archiving narratives and other modes of cultural production.
• The ways in which cultures and heritage are interpreted and practiced within the politics of memory production and identity/subjectivity politics.
• The ways in which visual tropes are used in connection to the commodification and consumption of the past.
• The importance of technological tools in the process of representation.
• Differentiation between tools for cultural heritage display, education, and research.
Confirmed Speakers include:
Maurizio Forte (Duke University)
Ethan Watrall (Michigan State University and Director of MATRIX: Centre for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences)
Maria Roussou (University College London)
Cecilia Lindhé (HUMlab, Umeå University)
Eleni Bozia (Florida State University)
Tayfun Öner (Project leader of Byzantium 1200)
Abstracts for poster presentations, research papers (20 min.), visual and multi-sensory demonstrations of ongoing projects, workshops, panel suggestions, and organised sessions on the conference themes will be accepted until November 20, 2014. The abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in English.
Supporting partners:Critical Heritage Studies (University of Gothenburg)HUMlab (Umeå University)Visual Arena Research Malmö Museer