Call for Papers

Spaces of (Dis)location: Call for Papers

 The College of Arts, University of Glasgow, is excited to announce Spaces of (Dis)location, a two-day multidisciplinary graduate conference taking place on 24th – 25th May 2012.

As national and cultural boundaries are blurred in our increasingly global society, the ideas of space and location – whether physical or metaphysical, real or imaginary – are evolving. This notion provides the stimulus for a conference that we hope will inspire creativity and debate across many subjects in the arts and humanities.

A major aim of this conference is to foster networks and connections across different institutions and subjects.  It is also our intention to publish an edited volume with articles from this conference through the University of Glasgow’s international postgraduate research journal eSharp.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ideas of space: physical and imaginary
  • Globalization
  • Localism
  • Cultural and natural spaces
  • Adaptation (literary, linguistic, cinematic, etc.)
  • Cultural diaspora
  • Immigration
  • Spaces of performance
  • The space of the body

We welcome submissions of abstracts for papers in the classic 20-minute format, but are also keen to accept different presentation formats. There will be a poster session and a Pecha Kucha session on each day of the conference and we would welcome your submissions in these formats too.

A Pecha Kucha presentation consists of 20 slides, each shown for exactly 20 seconds, so the entire presentation will therefore last 6 minutes and 40 seconds. It is an engaging and challenging format for researchers at every stage of their career, but provides a particularly creative format for those just starting their research to receive feedback on their project design and initial findings.

The poster sessions will take place during the conference lunch break. Participants will have the opportunity to briefly introduce their poster and then the posters will all be on display during the break.

In addition to the poster and Pecha Kucha formats, we will also accept proposals for short performances or films which reflect the themes of the conference. If you wish to submit such a proposal, please also provide us with any technical specifications that your piece will require.

Please submit abstracts or proposals of no more than 250 words as e-mail attachments to: arts-pgconference@glasgow.ac.uk.  Please include a 50 word biography and specify which presentation format you would like to employ.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 9th March 2012.

Please note, there is no fee to attend this conference, but it will be necessary to register. Registration will open at the end of April and further details will be available here nearer the time.

We are currently considering the possibility of providing a small travel grant for speakers. Nothing is confirmed at the moment, but we will update the site with this information when we have it.

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  1. Jane Jackman

    This sounds really good and I hope to submit an abstract. But is there a fee for attending as a non-presenter?

    • Hi Jane,
      If you wish to attend but not present you may register from the end of April. There will not be a fee. More details will be available on this blog nearer the time.
      If you do not want to present a paper, you may want to consider presenting your research in a different format; we will have poster and Pecha Kucha sessions too.
      All the best and thanks for getting in touch!

      • Jane Jackman

        Thanks for that – I do want to present, possibly using one of the alternative ways you mention. My question was about whether there is a payment for registration for the event… ?

      • Hello,
        There is no fee, as stated in the reply to your original comment.
        We look forward to reading your abstract!

  2. allison

    This is such an interesting topic. Would you provide any kind of travel grant for presenters?

    • Hi, thanks for your interest.
      We are currently looking into the possibility of providing travel grants. Please do submit an abstract if you are interested in giving a paper and we will keep you updated.
      Thanks!

  3. Lilit Keshishyan

    Hello,
    I was wondering if there is any funding available for travel and/or accommodations.
    Best,
    Lilit

  4. When will you inform people if their paper has been accepted for presentation?
    Thanks
    Moira

    • Hi Moira,

      We are aiming to let participants know of their acceptance by the end of March. We do understand about funding and transportation and will try to have participants notified as soon as possible.

      Please let us know if you have any additional questions!

  5. Manal Elshihry

    Hi,
    I wonder if the paper itself (not the abstract that its deadline 09 March) has to be submitted before 24 May, or is it ok for those who their abstract got accepted to present in the conference and submit their written paper later on after the conference?
    Thank you,
    Manal

    • Hi Manal,
      No, we just need to see an abstract, not the whole paper.
      If you are referring to the issue of eSharp that will be published with selected papers from the conference, we will discuss this in more detail during the conference with those who are interested.

  6. IJIYEMI ABIMBOLA

    HELLO, I THINK THIS TOPIC IS VERY NEEDED AT THIS DISPENSATION.FOR SOMEONE COMING FROM VRIJE UNIVERSITY BRUSSELS,BELGIUM WILL THE GRANT COVER SUCH PERSON?

    CAN ACCOMODATION BE BOOKED VIA THE INTERNET OR THERE IS A PROVISION FOR THAT?

    IF I AM NOT PRESENTING PAPER CAN I STILL REGISTER?

    WHAT IS THE PROVISION FOR NON EU STUDENT WHO WANT TO ATTEND AND NEED A UK VISA?

    HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR PROPER PLANING TOWARDS THE CONFERENCE.

    REGARDS,

    ABIMBOLA IJIYEMI.

    • Hello Ijiyemi,

      Thanks for your interest.

      Firstly, we are considering the possibility of providing a travel grant. At the moment we are unsure if it will be possible and will provide information on this site as soon as we know.

      Please see the Accommodation page of this site for information. There are several options there which should suit all budgets.

      It will be possible to attend the conference even if you are not presenting. Registration will open in April.

      We are not in a position to advise on UK visas and I would suggest you speak to your own university regarding this.

      Hope this has been helpful.

  7. Evi Riikonen

    Hi,
    I wish to submit a poster presentation – this is now a very stupid question, but do you only need the abstract submission by the deadline? If so, how/when does the finished product need to be submitted? Many thanks!
    Carrie

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