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AHRC NWCDTP Postgraduate Conference 2018

meeting
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (All day) to Thursday, October 11, 2018 (All day)
The University of Salford - MediaCityUK Campus Maxwell Building, 43 Crescent, Salford M5 4WT

 

The AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership is delighted to announce that this year’s conference, Human Technologies, Digital Humanities, will be hosted by the University of Salford at its MediaCity UK Campus on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th October 2018.

MediaCity UK as a site that incorporates both Manchester’s industrial heritage and its creative, digital present, represents a nexus of past, present and future in innovation, technology, creativity, and productivity. With this in mind, this conference seeks to examine and interrogate how people have and continue to understand and use technology across the Arts and Humanities. Inextricably linked to human experience, technology has the power to transform, construct and disrupt daily lives, landscapes and cultures. How people have encountered and responded to the changes that technologies bring, and the changes in technologies themselves, in both positive and negative ways form the central concerns of this conference.

We are seeking proposals for papers/presentations that reflect on ideas of technologies from two key perspectives:
1) Firstly, analysing Human Technologies: how does technology manifest in your own research? How can this challenge existing definitions of technology?

2) Secondly, analysing Digital Humanities: as a researcher, how do you use technology? How does it affect your research, methods and/or outputs and impact?
The proposals should be related to how researchers use technology within their own research, how technology is altering or improving the impact of academic research, and/or how ‘technology’ can be approached in different contexts or frameworks.

Themes to think about might include, but are not limited to:
● Gender and sexuality
● Identity and ethnicity
● Material cultures
● Landscape and environment, design and architecture 2
● Research methodologies (e.g. How researchers use technology in their practices, methodologies and outputs?)
● Creative economies and industries, media production and consumption (e.g. How digital technologies have transformed the actor-audience relationship in creative industries?)
● Impact and public engagement, politics and journalism (e.g. How social media and digital humanities affect the production and circulation of knowledge within and beyond the academy?)
● Posthumanism, transhumanism, artificial intelligence
● Health, wellbeing and emotionality (e.g. How is it altering human life and human interaction? Can the body be considered as a technology?)

PERFORMANCE
We welcome submissions from students from all disciplines across the NWCDTP and beyond in the form of academic papers, research posters or artistic performances. MediaCityUK offers several unique performance spaces and facilities and we are therefore interested in encouraging pieces that incorporate audio, visual, musical and performance aspects.

FORMAT
Papers/Presentations: 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion
Performances: 20 minutes with 10 minutes for response
Posters: Size A1
SUBMISSIONS
A. Papers/Presentations
- Abstract (300 words)
- Biography (150 words), including details of your affiliation, area of study and contact details
- Summary of technical requirements (including audio-visual and/or display equipment), if
applicable
- Any additional requirements
B. Performances
- Abstract (300 words), including details of required performance space, the nature of the
performance, the number of participants
- Biography (150 words), including details of your affiliation, area of study and contact details
- Summary of technical requirements (including audio-visual and/or display equipment), if
applicable
- Any additional requirements
C. Posters
- Draft poster and/or summary of poster content (300 words)
- Biography (150 words), including details of your affiliation, area of study and contact details
INSTRUCTIONS
The NWCDTP will cover travel and accommodation costs for all conference presenters.
The conference is free for all NWCDTP candidates.
If anyone would like to attend the conference who is not an NWCDTP candidate then conference admission will be charged at £25 per day.

Registration will be available on Eventbrite from 13th August 2018.
Deadline for submissions: Friday, 13th July 2018

Applicants should complete the NWCDTP AHRC 2018 Conference Submission Form which is available from our website: https://nwcdtpconference2018.wordpress.com/
All submissions should be sent via email to: NWCDTPConference2018@gmail.com
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission by 10th August 2018. Those selected will be asked to confirm their acceptance.
The full conference programme, including abstracts of all accepted proposals, and further details about the conference, will be published on the website and via social media at a later date.

Audience: 
Open to all