• THE ARTIST HERSELF : Broadening Ideas of Self-Portraiture in Canada

7-9 May 2015, Queen’s University, Kingston

In honour of the 40th anniversary of From Women’s Eyes: Women Painters in Canada, the next conference of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative will be co-hosted in Kingston, Ontario, by Queen’s University and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Coinciding with the exhibition The Artist Herself, the conference invites participants to reconsider ideas around women’s self-portraiture and, more particularly, to broaden our understandings of what ‘counts’ as self-representation.

Subjectivity and identity have long been central concerns for feminist art history and theory. How does this scholarship enable us to rethink the boundaries of portraiture and the self? Papers are solicited that consider the category of women’s self-representation through the wider frames of community, environment, and experience. How do objects reveal their creators? And can posthumanist and materialist challenges to decenter the subject be productively united with our understandings of the work of self-portraiture and autobiography?

Analyses of women’s creative productions across all visual media are welcome, from scholars, curators, archivists and conservators. In keeping with the historical mandate of CWAHI, the conference will focus on the period prior to 1967. We also invite submissions that reflect on and carry forward the project of Dorothy Farr and Natalie Luckyj’s groundbreaking 1975 exhibition.

Please email a 150-word abstract as well as a 2-page cv to and before 15 May 2014. Graduate students should also forward a letter of support from their supervisor. Selections will be made by 15 July 2014.

Any inquiries may be directed to Dr. Kristina Huneault, Department of Art History, Concordia University   514-848-2424, ext. 4697.


  • A L C H E MY /CALL FO R S U BM I S S I O N S / Conveyor Ma g azin e, I s s u e N o. 6

Conveyor Magazine is currently seeking photographic work for Issue No. 6. In this issue, we delve into the subject of alchemy as a method of transmutation, an intricate system of codes and rituals, and a precursor to modern science.

Even at its origin two thousand years ago in Greco-Roman Egypt, the art of alchemy encompassed far more than the pursuit of chrysopoeia—to transform lead into gold. Across history, alchemists in every corner sought to enhance their understanding of and mastery over the natural and spiritual realms. Incorporating seemingly disparate realms of human knowledge, alchemy flourished as an investigation into the unity of ideas. In pursuit of the Philosopher’s Stone, alchemists both ancient and modern have sought to uncover the hidden connections which unify the intellectual, the spiritual, and the physical in an attempt to transform nature, master matter, and live forever.

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

Conveyor Magazine is a visual publication concerned with initiating conversation across fields of science, technology, culture, and the arts through photography and print. Each issue explores a specific idea through close collaboration with artists, writers, and field specialists.


  • Call for Proposals Technology/Politics

Centre for the Study of Theory, Culture, and Politics Trent University, Peterborough, ON, October 24-25, 2014

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Theory, Culture & Politics at Trent University, TCP will hold a graduate student conference with the theme: Technology/Politics.

Politics is part of a constellation of technologies that structure, shape, mediate, move and inflect the ways we as human beings live together.  The concept of technology does not exist in a socio-political vacuum.  The arbiter of the meaning, significance, value, and impact of technology is its relationship with the people and material objects it comes to affect (and who effect it).  In this fundamental way, technology and politics are inextricably linked, relationally bound, and co-dependently originating.

We seek to bring together promising young scholars whose interdisciplinary research relates to this field. This conference aims to explore the relationship between its titular concepts through a diversity of methodological approaches.  All manner of proposals are encouraged, including theoretical/philosophical, literary, artistic, technological and cybernetic.

Possible topics:

  • Digital subjectivity
  • Cyborg theory
  • Critical post-humanism
  • Hauntological technopolitics
  • The thanato-political, spiritual perspectives
  • Primitivism and neo-luddite backlash
  • Cyberlibertarianism
  • Politicization of digital aesthetics
  • Media archaeologies
  • The (anti) capitalist singularity
  • Software studies
  • Virtuality and affect
  • Hacktivism and the rise of the Anons


Workshops will include:

  • “Datapolitik” – with Prof. Davide Panagia
  • “Heidegger & New Media Determinism” – with Prof. Liam Mitchell
  • “Cyborg Theory & Critical Post-Humanisms” with Prof. Veronica Hollinger
  • 4th Workshop TBA

Proposals can be sent and should contain the following: name, institutional affiliation, project title, and a brief biography (100 words). Your attached abstract should be 250-300 words and be in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf format. Please ensure that you remove any identifying information from document properties. $20 registration includes lunches, coffee & snacks.

Funding for travel and accommodation is available pending budgetary approval.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014


  • NEW: Call for Proposals and Projects at SVA’s Critical Information Graduate Student Conference(deadline June 30)

Proposals due June 30, 2014 to

Critical Information is an interdisciplinary graduate student conference, which provides a platform to assess current scholarship and research at the intersection of art, media, and society. Critical Information is particularly interested in engaging both collaborative and individual papers or projects that address the following issues: Art and Social Theory, Philosophy and Media, Mediated Image Making, the Work of Art in the Information Age, Media and Memory, Identity and Representation in the Mediated Environment, Mediated Intercultural Exchange, Media Excess, and the History and Future of the Image, and more. All themes pertaining to the juncture of media, theory, society and the visual arts will be considered.

Open to all current graduate students and those who have received a graduate degree within the last year, Critical Information is sponsored by the MFA Art Criticism & Writing Department at the School of Visual Arts.

Submission Requirements:

  • Name, School, Department Affiliation, Academic Status
  • Phone Number, Email Address
  • Title of Paper or Project
  • Abstract including thesis statement and main argument. 100-150 words
  • Please submit the above information and your abstract within the body of an email. No attached word documents.

Important Dates:

Abstract Deadline: June 30, 2014

  • Decision Email: September 30, 2014
  • Paper Deadline; November 1, 2014
  • Conference: December 6, 2014


The MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department at SVA offers a two-year course of study leading to an MFA degree. For students who want to improve their writing and advance their knowledge of contemporary art, theory, literature, and history, this concentrated program offers seminars by practicing critics, editors, philosophers, poets, and artists. The focus in writing is on the essay as form, as well as on shorter forms of review, through intensive writing practicums.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.


  • Journal for Artistic Research: The online, peer-reviewed journal for the publication and discussion of artistic research

Call for submissions: ‘Criticism’  Special issue, guest editor: Mary Sherman

Editor’s statement:

One of the most common terms bandied about in academic circles of late is ‘Artistic Research.’ It has become a regular feature in seminars, departments are being built around it, and exhibition texts are smattered with it. Yet, as the Journal for Artistic Research – a peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Artistic Research – reminds us, the term remains elusive. What JAR offers is not so much a definition of artistic research as examples of it. Recognising that text is only one of a number of possibilities to present research to a wider audience and taking advantage of online multimedia formats, the journal offers artists a space to unfold their research where they can use words and/or alternative modes of expressions, such as video, sound, and slide shows.

The journal then provides a forum for peer-to-peer discussion. These presentations of art as research become a further means of communicating the claims of artistic work. The entries translate art into another ‘language’ or form of expression, exposing practice as research. Viewers/listeners/readers are provided with insight and new avenues for accessing art – a role more traditionally associated with art criticism. In the light of this, one could argue that JAR, and the emerging field of artistic research as a whole, provides a space for the renegotiation of criteria for evaluating art. In an art world famously overrun with gatekeepers of various kinds, the question remains whether exposing critical practises might expand the question of criticality beyond evaluative points of view.

Aside from weighing in on this growing trend of artists as the producers and interpreters of their works, what can critics offer artists and the public today beyond passing judgement (thumbs up/down) on the quality of art works, exhibitions, and performances and, more specifically, on this rapidly expanding field of artistic research? Can criticism be seen as a form of artistic research in its own right, responsive to this new artistic field and also a player within it? And, if so, what are the potentials for criticism in exposing its research and research methods? What might be learned from critics working with new definitions of quality and in new media formats? That is, what kinds of provocative modes of exploration into both artistic research and the practice of criticism can we expect from the critics themselves?

Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2014.

JAR is currently seeking submissions and reviewers on this topic for its first guest-edited edition of the online publication. And, like submissions from other disciplines, critics are invited to submit their thoughts in text and/or other media formats. Submissions need to be made in the Research Catalogue. They will be peer-reviewed, and comments shared with the authors before final selection.

Send your correspondence to: Barnaby Drabble, Managing Editor, Journal for Artistic Research (JAR),


The online, peer-reviewed journal for the publication and discussion of artistic research

Call for submission to the regular issues

As interest in the journal is growing, we are now publishing three issues a year. We invite submissions for JAR issues 7 and 8. The deadlines for consideration are 31 August and 30 for November 2014.

JAR publishes research from artists of all disciplines, worldwide, with or without academic affiliation. We are specifically interested in contributions that reflect upon and expose artistic practice as research, and welcome submissions from artists interested in exchanging ideas and processes with a group of engaged peers. Rethinking the traditional journal format, JAR offers its contributors a free-to-use online writing space where text can be woven together with images, audio files, and videos. This new approach displays research in a manner that respects artists’ working methods and incorporates web-enabled possibilities for collaboration, debate, and discussion. The result is a journal that promotes experimental approaches to ‘writing up’ and provides a unique ‘reading’ experience, while carefully fulfilling the expectations of a peer-reviewed academic journal.

JAR uses the Research Catalogue (, an innovative repository for the documentation of artistic research. To submit an article, contributors are required to register for an account and use the writing space to layout and expose their research. JAR provides editorial guidance and technical help with these processes. Interested contributors should first contact the journal to discuss the suitability of their material.

Send your correspondence to: Barnaby Drabble, Managing Editor, Journal for Artistic

Research (JAR),

JAR works with an international editorial board and a large panel of peer-reviewers.

Editor in Chief: Michael Schwab

Editorial Board: Annette Arlander, Henk Borgdorff, Sher Doruff, Barnaby Drabble, Mika Elo,

Julian Klein and Isidro López-Aparicio


JAR is published by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR), an independent, non-profit association. You can support JAR by becoming an individual or institutional member of

SAR. More information can be found on our website.

For updates on our activities, join our mailing list by signing up to the Research Catalogue.


  • 3rd Business Systems Laboratory International Symposium: “Advances in Business Management. Towards Systemic Approach”

University for Foreigners  January 21-23, 2015. Perugia (Italy)

The scientific non-profit organization Business Systems Laboratory (  is glad to announce the Call for Papers of the 3rd B.S.Lab. International Symposium: “Advances in Business Management. Towards Systemic Approach” that will be held in Perugia (Italy) at the University for Foreigners  on January 21-23, 2015.

The topics include but are not limited to: Systems Thinking, Business Management, Marketing, Managerial Cybernetics, Project Management, Strategic Management,  Organizational and Business Ethnography, Change Management, E-Marketing, Big Data, Policy Strategy, Systems Dynamics, Viable Systems perspectives, Business Systems Design, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance, Venture Capital, Finance, Economics, Leisure Marketing, Digital culture, Knowledge Management, Soft systems theory, Social systems, Sustainability.

The webpage of the event is available at:

The B.S.Lab Symposia aim to be an arena of constructive confrontation among scholars, researchers and practitioners from different research fields and from all over the world, with more than 50 countries involved in the past edition 2014.

The Business Systems Laboratory is a young, friendly and approachable scientific society that aims to create a wide, cross-disciplinary and effective global network of researchers and practitioners in the business systems fields.

The Third Business Systems Laboratory International Symposium focuses on the epistemological, theoretical, methodological, technical and practical contributions that can represent advancements in the theory and practice of Business Management.

The Symposium aims to address the global economic and social challenges of our times by a systemic perspective, shedding the light to the several interactions between natural social and economic systems. Being aware of these interactions provides a better understanding of the principles that can help to solve some of today’s most pressing social and economic issues.

The criticalities and the opportunities of our times are faced according to the cutting edge research and practice in social science. This multidisciplinary perspective includes: management, economics, engineering and sociology.

While focusing on the Systemic perspective, the Symposium includes all the scientific approaches in order to foster constructive debates and confrontations to create new perspective of research and practice in the business systems field.

With the above-mentioned scopes the Symposium 2015 calls for submissions in 19 proposed tracks and in the poster session.

The proposed tracks are listed at the following link:

The deadline for the submission of extended abstracts (between 500 and 2000 words) is September 10, 2014

All accepted extended abstracts will be published online before the conference on a special issue of the open access Journal Business Systems Review (

Moreover, after the Symposium, a paperback book of Proceedings will be published on a special volume of the book series “Business Systems” ( and available for purchase at all the Amazon online stores worldwide.

Moreover the B.S.Lab International Symposium 2015 is thought and developed to create publishing opportunities with 34 international journals involved (most of which are Scopus and ISI-SSCI listed) and 18 planned post conference special issues.

The publishing opportunities for selected presentations are listed at the following link:

The two plenary sessions will have 8 outstanding keynote speakers:

We look forward to your contribution to the event and we wish to meet you in Perugia next winter.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Scientific Director: Dr. Gandolfo Dominici ( )


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