University of Cumbria, Institute of Arts, Carlisle, Cumbria
12 - 13th May 2022
Symposium Context & Aims: The University of Cumbria Institute of Arts, Arts Research Initiative (ARI), will become ‘host’ in a partnership with Tullie House Museum for the national event GeoWeek, to offer a free public symposium in which to explore themes of cultural engagement with the geologic, particularly through the interpretations of artists and cultural practitioners. The Cumbrian region has a rich history of such investigations from luminaries such as Wordsworth, Turner, West, Martineau, Southey, Atkinson, Graves, Nicholson, Harrison and Fell. This Symposium will offer a range of responses to GeoWeek, focusing on themes such as the Anthropocene, Deep time, Strata, Underworlds, Crystals and Landforms, seen through the lens of contemporary arts interventions and artists’ responses. Whilst Cumbrian geology is foregrounded, the symposium will also consider a much broader range of contexts and geologies. In encouraging provocative, divergent, and critical artists’ engagement, the aim is also to prompt interdisciplinary and public facing discourse between scholars, artists and cultural practitioners.
We welcome proposals for papers, presentations, short film screenings, workshops and panels. Presentations should be of 20 minutes duration, with 10 minutes for questions.
Please email max. 250-word abstracts plus a short bio with photograph of both the author and (where appropriate) recent work to Professor Robert Williams: email@example.com.
Submission Deadline: 16:00 Monday 4th April 2022