1st PARSE Biennial Research Conference (Nov 2015, Gothenburg Sweden)

Dates: 5-6 November 2015
Location: Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Contact: parse@konst.gu.se
Deadline for submission of proposals: 1 March 2015

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS – Panels, Papers, Performances, Screenings, and Workshops. The first biennial PARSE conference at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden takes as its point of departure the question of TIME.

Time arguably has always been at the center of the research initiatives of the natural sciences, of philosophy and of the many different practices of history and social criticism. However, time also occupies a central place for the curiosity and attention of artist researchers across all the arts. The intensification of the question of time has, in recent years, prompted some to speak of a “temporal turn” across the disciplines. This conference seeks to bring together a range of researchers, drawn mainly from the artistic fields but also inviting researchers from across all domains (sciences and humanities) to consider questions with respect to the practices, processes and perturbations of time.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

constructions of contemporaneity
time and the aesthetic
time and affect
gendered time
queer times
durational practices
public time
network time
the temporal regime of the gift
globalization, instantaneity and temporal collapse
the nostalgia of capital
the temporal imaginaries of sustainability and ecological
the time of the political
labour time and forms of life
the time of the poem
after narrative time
empire time
revolutionary time
dead-time, end-time, out-of-time, behind-the-times and again
next time…

Contributions are invited in the form of papers, presentations, artistic interventions, readings, panels, performances, public actions, screenings and workshops. We are especially interested in contributions that critically reflect upon, and/or in some way work to modify the familiar conventions of the academic paper, the panel discussion and the artist’s talk.

ROLLING SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS The deadline for proposals is 1st March 2015, however, we recommend early submission.

Proposals should be sent to parse@konst.gu.se<mailto:parse@konst.gu.se>

Please include:

(i) an abstract / summary description of the proposed contribution (300 words)
(ii) a recent CV of participant(s)
(iii) an indication of technical or other requirements for the contribution / presentation.

NOTE: For performances, screenings or workshop events it is especially important to have a clear sense of any technical or spatial requirements.

Suggested duration for contributions:

Artists’ presentations, papers and readings 20 minutes. (We are aware that some artists’ presentations could require more time. Please indicate if this is the case). Panels 60 to 90 minutes (depending on number of contributors and nature of panel presentations.)

For Artistic interventions, Performances, Public actions and Screenings, please indicate the duration proposed suggestion.


Each proposal will be peer-reviewed by three members drawn from the panel with reference to:

(i) relevance to the overarching thematics of TIME
(ii) potential in developing a dialogue across the disciplines
(iii) originality of contribution


All contributions will be recorded for archive purposes.

CONFERENCE PUBLICATION A selection of contributions will be
further developed for publication through the PARSE Journal in
consultation with, and by permission of, the authors.



About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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