CfP: Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology (Krems, 30 November – 2 December 2017)

The 7th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology titled RE:TRACE focuses on an evaluation of the status of the meta-discipline MediaArtHistories today.
Krems / Wien, November 30 – December 2, 2017
Deadline: Mar 26, 2017
More than a decade after the first conference founded the field now recognized worldwide as a significant historical inquiry at the
intersection of art, science, and technology, Media Art Histories is now firmly established as a dynamic area of study guided by changing
media and research priorities, drawing a growing community of scholars, artists and artist-researchers.
Immersed in both contemporary and historiographical aspects of the digital world, we explore the most immediate socio-cultural questions
of our time: from body futures, information society, and media (r)evolutions, to environmental interference, financial virtualization,
and surveillance. And we do so through a fractal lens of inter- and trans-disciplinarity, bridging art history, media studies,
neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and beyond. MediaArtHistories is a field whose theory, methods, and objects of study interweave with and
overlay other disciplines.
The organizing committee invites researchers of different areas, disciplines and practices to submit individual papers, posters and full
panels with new and original research preferably in the following themes:
• MediaArtHistories – historiographies and futures of an ever-emerging field
• Institutional histories of Media Art
• Media Art & Politics (surveillance, climate, visualizations, etc.)
• Collecting media art / Media Art market
• Archiving, preserving and representing Media Art
• Re-Use of cultural heritage data, including education, learning and research
• Methodologies and research tools for MediaArtHistories with a focus on Digital Humanities
• International and local histories and practices of media art
• (Post-)Colonial experiences and non-Western histories of media art, science and technology
• Paradigm shift – Digital vs. Post-Digital Theory
• Alternative histories for Media Art in relation to newly evolving or unexpected fields.
• Models and perspectives of research fields adapted across traditional disciplinary lines.
• New symbolic architecture of digital super companies (Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, FB, Google)
The conference program will include competitively selected, peer-reviewed individual papers, panel presentations and posters, as
well as a small number of invited speakers. Presentations will be delivered in a range of formats, from panel discussions to a poster
session. We particularly encourage submissions by researchers from international contexts outside of Europe and North America.
Keynote lectures by internationally renowned, outstanding leaders in the field, will deliberate on the central themes of the conference
series, its histories and futures.
Submission Deadline: March 26, 2017
Notification of acceptance will be announced by April 30, 2017.
Individual proposals for papers should consist of a max. 250-word abstract with title. Proposals for full panels should consist of a max.
500-word abstract outlining the panel and individual topics of confirmed speakers. Submission language is English. Submitters should
upload a short bio file (Word), no longer than ½ page per person. The short bios will be used on the conference website together with your
abstracts.
Links:
MediaArtHistories-Advanced, MA – www.mediacultures.net/mah
Archive of Digital Art – www.digitalartarchive.at

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