Portuguese art seminar receives papers inspired by Alice Miceli’s work

The Arts School of Universidade Católica do Porto, in Portugal, announces “Traumatic landscapes”, a seminar due to May 2 to 4, 2022. The submissions must be sent to springseminar.arts@porto.ucp.pt until February 28 in a Word document containing the following information: title; authors’ names, affiliation and contact information; abstract (250-300 words); 3-5 keywords; 3-5 references; and authors’ short bio (100 words max.).
The university accepts individual submissions (for a 20-minute presentation) as well as for pre-constituted panel submissions (3-4 presentations for a time-frame of 20 minutes each). The panel must have a coordinator, who is responsible for the submission. This person chooses the panel’s title and its theme compiles the abstracts and sends everything, organized into one single file, to the email address provided.
Spring Seminar will be an in-person conference. Due to possible travel restrictions, the Organization also accepts online presentations.
The Spring Seminar 2022 takes as its starting point issues raised by the photographic work of Brazilian artist Alice Miceli. In Depth: minefields displays four series of images taken in various  regions across countries where landmines and other explosives remnants of war play an invisible yet all-determining role, namely, Cambodia, Bosnia, Colombia and Angola.
This seminar aims at fostering dialogues around the relationship of images and traumatic historical, spatial and political realities. Finally, the minefield images (and the action of  walking across potentially  explosive landscapes) can be thought  as a lived as well as a visual testimony to some consequences of the Anthropocene – our current era in which human intervention is altering the geological composition of the Earth to such an extent that its massive impacts start to be deemed irreversible. Miceli’s work provides the conceptual, political and artistic issues that our seminar will develop. The university receives proposals in the following topics or others considered pertinent in the context of this call, within the fields of cinema, photography, and other visual arts:
  • wastelands and traumatic landscapes
  • contemporary art and (war) trauma
  • relations between contemporary art with memory and history (of war)
  • artistic vs political images
  • history (of war) and its materiality
  • decolonial theory and trauma

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