Cfp: Ways of Seeing conference, Greenwich, July 2015

In(ter)ventions is a bit late to this cfp from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, but the theme is fantastic so we thought we’d mention it anyway.  Deadline for abstracts is 15 May.  From the cfp:

Ways of Seeing, 17 July 2015, Royal Museums Greenwich

‘The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled’
John Berger, Ways of Seeing (1972)

Greenwich has long been a site intimately connected with processes of looking. From court pageantry to astronomical observation, perfection of a maritime art genre to the training of boys for naval duties, its buildings have developed around concerns for presentation and representation, seeing and being seen.

For the 2015 Queen’s House conference, we take our current contemporary art exhibition as inspiration to think about processes of looking and recording.  Building on the themes and characters of the exhibition, proposals are invited for a one-day conference to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to bear on ways of seeing. All proposals are welcome, but those which take an innovative and interdisciplinary approach are particularly encouraged.

Topics might include:

-Processes of drawing and illustration within the study of astronomy, medicine and law
-Technologies of drawing, printing and film-making
-Ideas of eye-witnessing, close looking and surveillance
-Metaphors of looking and seeing
-The historiography of these ideas in different historical fields

An abstract of 250 words and a short biography should be sent to research@rmg.co.uk by 15 May. Enquiries can be sent to Dr Katy Barrett kbarrett@rmg.co.uk.

For further information, see the conference’s webpage.

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