Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference 2016

#trending: mobilizing art and culture

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference 2016

Conference Date: Saturday March 12, 2016
Keynote by Janaya Khan, 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition Opening: Saturday March 12, 2016
#Nature: An installation by Sean Martindale 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. 

The influence of trends is undeniable in contemporary culture, but rarely are its implications fully fleshed out. How can a trend mobilize or call others to action? As scholarship in contemporary art, design and new media becomes increasingly focused on networked lives, the digital platforms through which we communicate, interact, and share information demand academic and social inquiry. This interdisciplinary conference looks to the topic of #trending in its myriad meanings as it produces and affects subjects and citizenship, social and political change, visual and material culture. We must consider the longevity, impact, and relevancy of cultural work and research as the implications of cultural trends, their makers, and media are nuanced and complex. Are trends disposable or lasting? How should scholarship respond to trends -- by defining them or following them? What can trends tell us in their sequencing, forecasting, and analysis? 

For more details, please visit the conference website.

Call for Submissions

The deadline for submission has passed. We thank all those that have submitted for your exciting paper, artwork, and panel proposals. We are currently reviewing all submissions and will announce acceptances by Sunday December 20, 2015.

Please submit proposals by Friday, November 20, 2015 to Accepted candidates will be notified by email.

Proposal/Abstract Deadline:  Midnight on Friday, Nov 20, 2015
Final paper due: Midnight on Monday, Feb 1, 2015
Announcement of Acceptance: Sunday, December 20, 2015