Convened by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and its 2013-14 Artists-in-Residence Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani, Radical Archives is a two-day conference (Friday, April 11-Saturday, April 12, 2014) organized around the notion of archiving as a radical practice.
An international contingent of archivists, artists, artist-archivists, activist archivists, theorists, and scholars working within a range of archives and archival practices will be invited to present and discuss archives of radical politics and practices; archives that are radical / experimental in form or function; how archiving in itself might be a radical act in certain moments or contexts; and how archives can be active in the present, as well as documents of the past or scripts for the future.
The conference will be organized around four major themes (Archive and Affect; Archiving Around Absence; Archives and Ethics; and Archive as Constellation), include a number of presentation formats, and be supplemented by / documented through an online catalogue. They are calling for contributions relevant to these themes. Proposed formats could include panels, roundtables, individual papers or artist talks, performances or performance-lectures, screenings, interactive screen-based projects, or live participatory projects.
Proposals are due Friday, January 10, 2014.