Call for papers: Expertise: Media Specificity and Interdisciplinarity, deadline September 22, 2008

Topics in Critical History in the Arts
Call for Papers
Media Specificity and Interdisciplinarity

An International Conference
to be held
May 31 ? June 4, 2009

Experimentation has replaced interpretation (Gilles Deleuze)

In the last four decades, with the growing interest in critical theory, scholarship in the arts has undergone a radical transformation. Seeking to develop ideas and discourses beyond those generated by linear historiographies, scholars in the history of art and architecture, film studies, performance and theater studies, musicology and other disciplines turned to critical theory and philosophy, applying them as methodologies for analysis and critical reflection on these fields. While this resulted in new and innovative scholarship, it also blurred the boundaries between various disciplines and often eradicated necessary differences between them.

In this conference, we would like to examine the question of the level of expertise necessary in conducting research in a specific field. In an interdisciplinary era, how can we define media-specific knowledge? Or should we speak of defined knowledge, specific to any artistic media at all? What should be the relationship between critical theory and media specificity? And how can they be applied to each other? Can an object determine the theoretical leanings of its field of research? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a multidisciplinary discourse? Are certain methods or discursive analytical tools ?better? for different periods of time? In what way do the so-called Linguistic-turn and Visual-turn delineate critical methods and meanings of the artistic or ephemeral objects? What are the theoretical perspectives for discussing the contemporary?

The conference seeks academic papers addressing any one or combination of these questions, or one of the following themes:
· Post Criticality
· Critical Practice
· Text-Context
· Politics, Ethics and Significance in Media Specificity
· Categorizing Knowledge
· Historical Knowledge and Interdisciplinarity
· Discursive Moves
· Experience and Experiments
· New Media Specificity
· Autonomy and Signification
· Hyper-Modernism and Re-Modernism

If you are interested in presenting a paper at this conference, please send a 300-word abstract to by September 22, 2008. (New and extended deadline)

All abstracts will be reviewed in a blind review process.

Replies will be sent by October 27, 2008. (New and extended deadline)
Full papers will be due on January 19, 2009.
Registration fee: $150

Conference Committee:
Prof. Christopher Blame, Universität München
Prof. Martin Bressani, McGill University
Prof. Hal Foster, Princeton University
Prof. Mark Jarzombek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prof. Rosalind Krauss, Columbia University
Prof. Sylvia Lavin, University of California, Los Angeles
Prof. Lev Manovich, University of California, San Diego
Prof. Mark Linder, Syracuse University
Prof. Hannah Naveh, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Mordechai Omer, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Alan Read, King's College, London
Prof. Freddie Rokem, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Sarah Whiting, Princeton University
Dr. Nissim Gal, Tel Aviv University (Conference Chair)
Dr. Eran Neuman, Tel Aviv University (Conference Chair)


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