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Prato Conference 2017, 25-27 October 2017
@ Monash University Centre, Prato, Italy
Art as Archive: Archive as Art & The Imagined Archive
Call for Papers & Installations submissions
are now open
. For time critical and other information, see under Important Dates below
Background to the Conference
Since the founding colloquium in 2003, the Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) has been marked by informality, collegiality and interdisciplinary thinking, bringing together people from many different countries in an ideal Italian setting.
Themes have ranged across issues such as privilege, gender and sexual identities, forms of knowledge, documentation, participation and community-based research, power, ideals and reality, and measurement. We always consider papers related to any aspect of Community Informatics Community Archiving, or Development Informatics. We are particularly interested in papers from researchers and practitioners that can address the challenges of locating community-based research within wider theoretical and practice frameworks.
This year's theme
This year, we have chosen a theme that we hope traverses new spaces and boundaries. As we discuss the conference theme with different parties, more detail will be added.
There has long been discussion about the relationship between art and archives, not just in the sense that archives may represent curated collections relating to specific artists or forms of art, but that art may be used to provide new ways of conceiving what is in archival collections, and new ways of thinking about the nature and meaning of those collections. These themes were explored by a number of papers discussing radical archives at Prato 2016, but this year we wish to go further explore the relationship from multiple perspectives.
The Venice Biennale has often used the idea of the archive to frame its exhibitions, and the 2015 exhibition,
All the World's Futures
, Curated by Okwui Enwezor ) had numerous artworks and installations drawn from historic collections and archives, including the installations “The Rock and Roll Public Library”, and Australian artist Marco Fusinato’s “From the Horde to the Bee” showcasing books consisting of scanned copies of resources from Milan’s radical left-wing Primo Maroni Archive. Okwui Enwezor's has explored such themes before, notably in a 2008 exhibition at the International Center of Photography, entitled “
Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art
” which featured works taking archival documents as their starting point, his purpose being to “rethink the meaning of identity, history, memory, and loss ”.
In his 2004 essay, art historian Hal Foster (2004) defined archival art as “a genre that “make[s] historical information, often lost or displaced, physically present. To this end [archival artists] elaborate on the found image, object, and favour the installation format”. It is not hard to extend this line of reasoning to the role of the Internet as archive.
More generally, art can serve to explore themes that are central to the concept and role of the archive. For example, Guasch argues that photography itself represents a kind of archive, with the photograph presenting a “non-hierarchical worldview” (ref) while others, such as Whitney McVeigh, explore the concepts of “personal and collective history, linking our common threads through land, our clothes, our everyday belongings and our philosophies” (
). Such work breaches the divide between the real and imagined archive.
See Hal Foster, “An Archival Impulse”,
110, Fall 2004, pp. 3-22.
Our (inter-) disciplinary frame
Community Informatics is primarily concerned with improving the well-being of people and their communities through more effective use of ICTs. Community Informatics foregrounds social change and transformative action in emergent social-technical relationships rather than prediction and control and likewise, Development Informatics or ICT4D is concerned with ICTs in the international development context. This orientation also has much in common with Community Archiving.
Community-centric archival research, education and practice are concerned with empowering communities in support of such desirable objectives as democracy, human and civil rights, self-determination, sustainable development, and social inclusion. Recordkeeping and archiving are fundamental infrastructural components supporting community information, self-knowledge and memory needs, thus contributing to resilient communities and cultures and supporting reconciliation and recovery in the aftermath of conflict, oppression
To be confirmed shortly
What to submit?
For Prato 2017 we are seeking papers & art installations that explore any of the issues raised above, and are particularly interested in papers that raise those issues in the context of community engagement or in expanding the role of archives within the community.
As stated, we will also consider papers (refereed), works-in-progress, workshop proposals and posters, related to any aspect of Community Informatics, Development Informatics or Community Archiving.
We also have a strong stream for students in Masters and PhD programs who wish to present their work to a larger audience.
We are seeking traditional papers (refereed, non-refereed), works in progress, and papers for the Research Student stream. The general paper limit is 7000 words, for students, 2-3000.
As well as this, we are interested alternative forms of presentation and display relevant to the conference themes.
Submissions can be made via the submission database (available shortly).
Call for papers & proposals.Abstracts/ papers can only be submitted through the conference database. Conference space is limited- submit quickly! The deadline is June 1.
Acceptance/modification/ rejection notices
As soon as possible thereafter
Full papers and abstracts for all streams due
31 July 2017
Referee reports to participants by
30 September 2017
Final version of papers, based on peer review and program committee decisions due
20 October 2017
Online/downloadable post- conference with ISBN
Available from 1 July
25-27 October 2017
The Conference Proceedings contains referred, non-refereed and PhD colloquium papers and Powerpoints from the conference.
All full papers in the refereed category are subject to blind peer review by at least two reviewers, and reviewers’ comments returned to the authors. Authors are then required to make changes and if necessary, a further review conducted before final approval.
This is a publication (E1) for a conference publication for Australian participants.
Conference papers must be prepared in the
Information about Prato, travel, accommodation
Please see the
Monash University Prato Centre
for general information.
Additional travel and tourism information will be made available as the conference nears. The Centre is just off the main piazza of a small Tuscan town. It is close to Italian transport hubs including Pisa and Florence airports. The location of the Monash Centre is described on the
. The nearest airports are Pisa and Florence airports, and you can get to Prato by train from Rome in about 2 ½ hours. Please note that we are not in a position to recommend particular airlines or airports, or to provide train schedules. See
for train information. Trenitalia often has great bargains if you book Frecciarossa (highspeed trains) between major cities well in advance. This will help keep your costs down.
Prato has many reasonably priced hotels, and many people stay at the Flora or Giardino Hotels. Some semi-serviced apartments may be available at Residence Manassei or Residence Accademia and other newer locations. There is also a thriving and growing bar scene around the campus. Refer to the Monash Website for
The centre of Prato is quite small. Prato is also rich in museums, churches, and other cultural and culinary treasures, without the crowds.
All travel & participation decisions are made at your own risk and the organizers accept no responsibility. We cannot arrange accommodation or travel. Please try to use web resources to find answers to such questions before sending an email to us! The program is also subject to change. Please also note that obtaining visas (if you require one) is your responsibility and confirmed registration and hotels are required. If you require a letter from the Conference, this should be organised well in advance of travel, and payment must be received beforehand.
Enquiries: prato2017 AT fastmail.fm
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