Birth/Day:  Origins, Temporality, Hybridity

'How does newness come into the world? How is it born?
Of what fusions, translations, conjoinings is it made?'
Salman Rushdie, The Satantic Verses

University of California, Irvine
March 6-7, 2009

Deadline for Abstracts: December 20, 2008

The Visual Studies program at the University of California, Irvine is
pleased to announce our upcoming graduate student conference, Birth/Day:
Origins, Temporality, Hybridity.

The theme for this conference grew out of an interest in recognizing the
tenth anniversary of the Visual Studies program at UCI in 2009. In marking
this or any other anniversary, one must necessarily return to an originary
moment, or "birth," and account for the passage of time. This year's
conference will focus on the dynamic synthesis of origin and temporality
implied by the concept of Birth/Day, and activate the kind of playful
re-reading of academic and intellectual conventions that generates new
forms, texts, and perspectives. To this end, we have conceived of Birth/Day,
a visual construction that both divides the term into its hybrid components
and opens up an exploratory space between an inherently spatialized point of
origin and the temporality implied in the concept of a day.  The subheading,
"Origins, Temporality, Hybridity," refers to the questions articulated by
Salman Rushdie in his Satanic Verses, that we hope will guide these
explorations: "How does newness come into the world? How is it born? Of what
fusions, translations, conjoinings is it made?" 

In the spirit of hybridity and academic openness, we welcome proposals
across the disciplines for papers, and we especially encourage
alternatively-formatted presentations, such as workshops, dialogues, films,
or performances that address these provocative questions. 

Now through December 20, 2008, we invite submissions for graduate student
papers for the 2009 Visual Studies conference at UCI. 

Panel themes and the conference format will be decided upon review of
submitted proposals.  

Topics might include, but are not limited to:  

 birthplace  -- issues of identity linked to a point of origin, the home,
nation states, immigration, border crossing, or ethnic displacement
 cultural origins
 genealogy and rhizomatic development
 the concept of birth, images of birth, myths of birth and cosmologies
 youth and revolution
 newness --new media, new disciplines, new technologies

 ritualistic marking of time
 politics of memory
 visualizations that mark or distort time, including clocks, alarms, metronomes
 comparisons or contrasts of temporal, spatial, and/or physical monuments 
 nostalgia for childhood, origin, or home, including memories, home videos,
and personal archives
 institutions surrounding birthdays and anniversaries, like the greeting
card, anniversary gifts or commemorations

 hybrid conjunctions of theory and practice
 mash-ups in video and music, current music and DJ practices
 renewal, recycling, reuse, or recurring newness
 conjunctions of newness and temporality, as in Birth/Day

An abstract of no more than 500 words and a current copy of the applicant's CV
should be sent to: [log in to unmask] 
no later than December 20, 2008.

Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
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