Call for Graduate Papers: The 6th Nomadikon Meeting

“Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images”

The 6th Nomadikon Meeting

The Nomadikon Centre, The University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway and The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, USA invite paper proposals for a graduate student program on the theme “Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images.”  The one-day program will be held September 27, 2012 from noon to 5:00 pm on The College of St. Rose campus in Albany, New York, and will precede the Nomadikon/Saint Rose conference (which will run from Thursday evening, Sept. 27, through Sept. 29).  The conference theme reflects an overall interest in the process of seeing itself, where “seeing” suggests  but is not limited to physical sight and includes metaphors of an embodied “seeing.”  The conference is interdisciplinary and invites papers on film, painting, photography, performance, music, material culture, and literature.  Students who participate in this pre-conference event are invited to join the full conference that begins on Thursday evening, the 27th.

Papers may include, but are not limited to, the ethics and/or aesthetics of image, the embedded image, images that “make” space, and images that “are” space, the codification of image, and image that resists codification.  In reference to the conference theme, papers may also address themes of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, dis/ability and class.  The conference is small by design.  We will accept the ten (10) papers that best address the conference theme.

Student registration for the conference is $40.00 U.S.  Send proposals of 300-500 words to Mark Ledbetter at by May 10, 2012.  For out of town guests, hotel information will be provided.

Nomadikon is a transdisciplinary research group and center for image studies and visual aesthetics at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. The center launched in the fall of 2008 with the project New Ecologies of the Image (2008-2012), and consists of a core team of six locally based scholars, international affiliates, and a global network of visual culture studies researchers.

Among the research topics pertinent to the Nomadikon project are the manifestations of iconoclasm and iconophobia; image wars and visual ideologies; the cultural performance of on/scenity (Linda Williams); the aestheticization of affliction; controversial and offensive images; media convergence and the formation of new visual ecosystems; the nomadicization of the image; and the visual codification of subjectivity and social value. For more information on Nomadikon and its previous meetings and publications, visit


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