CFP: Debating Visual Knowledge (Pittsburgh, 3-5 Oct 2014)
Pittsburgh, PA, University of Pittsburgh, October 3 - 05, 2014
Deadline: Apr 11, 2014
A symposium organized by graduate students in Information Science and
History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh
October 3 – 5, 2014
Call for Participants
Visual knowledge and visual literacy have become pressing concerns
across a variety of academic disciplines and areas of creative
production. These concerns are shaped by the fluid definitions of
“visual knowledge” and the multiple ways in which it manifests. Many
forms of visual knowledge have capabilities that are not shared by
language. This knowledge is produced, mediated, and distributed by a
number of different objects, tools, media, and technologies. This
symposium seeks to broaden understandings of intellectual and creative
work by interrogating the theorization, production, use, and
historicization of visual knowledge. We envision the event as an
exploratory lab, comprising scholarly and creative projects that engage
with these questions.
Presentations might relate to (but are not limited to) topics such as:
— Digital humanities
— Cognition, intellectual history, interpretation
— Photography, printmaking, engraving
— “The spatial turn,” GIS, maps, mapping
— The body, performance
— Data visualizations, modeling, categories and groups
— Law and policy
— Media theory, historiography, ecology
— Exhibition design, curating
— Network analysis, grids, graphs, timelines
— Interfaces, constructed/built environments, design
— Astronomy, physics, mathematics, botany, medicine
The symposium will include traditional academic papers, posters, and
keynote sessions, as well as presentations of creative works,
roundtables, praxis sessions, screenings, and performances.
Participants may be invited to take part in curated roundtables,
seminars or workshops. We also welcome submissions of projects that
could be workshopped or collaborated on in the context of the symposium.
— For a paper, please submit a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute talk,
and a CV.
— For a poster, please submit a 300-word abstract and a CV. A sketch
of your poster is optional. If selected, posters must be printed and
provided by the participants, and can be up to 30” x 40”.
— For a creative work, please submit up to 10 images and/or a 2-minute
video or sound clip, a 300-word project description, and a CV.
— For a pre-constituted panel of up to four papers, please submit a
300-word abstract describing the panel topic, and a 150-word abstract
and author’s CV for each proposed paper.
— To propose to lead a roundtable, seminar, or praxis session, please
submit a 300-word description of the topic and CVs for all proposed
participants. You may also propose a topic without having chosen
If you have any questions about possible submissions or formats for
submissions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Send submissions to email@example.com
by April 11,
2014. Selected participants will be notified by mid-May.
Information Studies www.ischool.pitt.edu
History of Art and Architecture www.haa.pitt.edu