DIRT: Intersectional Approaches to Messiness
November 10 & 11, 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought at Ryerson University, Toronto, is seeking abstracts and proposals for a two-day symposium on the media activist archive. Deadline for submission of abstracts & proposals has been extended to September 22, 2017.
Archives are dirty. Though scholars have critiqued the idea of an archive as dusty and disorganized, their contents often challenge the very boundaries that try to contain them. The 2017 Activist Media Archives Symposium will interrogate the idea of DIRT by “departing from the planned coherent borders of the ‘archival’” and refocusing our attention to the “trashy, dirty, disgusting, and untidy disorganization of bodies, things, and emotions” (Manalansan 2014: 94). This symposium hopes to highlight these kinds of messy, dirty, and alternatively-organized archival practices.
DIRT will bring together artistic, scholarly, and activist communities that consider colonialist occupations, dirty work, complexities in oral traditions, dystopian futures and ecological crisis, themes of resilience and reparation, dirty archives, naughty/defiant objects, archives and shame, ugly feminism, the pornographic archive.
This conference is open to both scholarly and artistic presentations (or a combination of both). Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes.
Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:
- Unofficial archives and histories
- Shameful archives
- Dirty pictures and the pornographic archive
- Migration and labour
- Sexist, racist erasure of history
- Circulation of everyday material objects, once thought of as trash or dirt, taken up as vibrant political spaces
- Affective relics of modernity, including environments, landscapes, subjectivities, and/or memories, and their reproduction through and across media
- Detritus that marks landscapes, people, and memories
- Dirt and Indigeneity
- Disability and dirt
Please send abstracts and a short bio to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: September 15, 2017.