The European Conference on Arts and Humanities 2017 (ECAH2017) will be held alongside The European Conference on Media, Communication and Film (EuroMedia2017) in the cosmopolitan and culturally-rich city of Brighton, UK.
Submit your abstract now to participate in this international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event.
Location: The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Brighton, UK
Dates: Tuesday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Initial Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 30, 2017
Enquiries: [email protected]
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To find out more about registration packages, presentation options, conference events and more, please visit the conference website: ecah.iafor.org
ECAH2017 Conference Theme: “History, Story, Narrative”
Historians are far from the only interested party in writing history. In a sense it is an interest we all share – whether we are talking politics, region, family birthright, or even personal experience. We are both spectators to the process of history while being intimately situated within its impact and formations.
How, then, best to write it? Is it always the victor’s version? Have we not begun increasingly to write “history from below,” that lived by those who are not at the top of the power hierarchy? Are accounts of history always gender-inflected, hitherto at least men rather than women? Who gets to tell history if the issue is colonialism or class? How does geography, the power of place, intersect with history? What is the status of the personal story or narrative within the larger frame of events?
This conference addresses issues of writing history from literary and other discursive perspectives. That is to say: novels, plays, poems, autobiography, memoir, diary, travel log, and a variety of styles of essay. One thinks of Shakespeare’s history plays, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Shi Nai’an’s The Water Margin, Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine. It also addresses oral history, the spoken account or witness, Hiroshima survivor to modern Syrian migrant.
Which also connects to the nexus of media and history. The great “historical” films continue to hold us, be it Eisenstein’s October: Ten Days That Shook the World (1925) or Gone with the Wind (1940). We live in an age of documentaries, whether film or TV. There is a view that we also inhabit “instant” history, the download to laptop, the app, the all-purpose mobile. How has this technology changed our perception, our lived experience, of history? What is the role of commemoration, parade, holiday, festival, or statuary, in the writing of history?
The different modes by which we see and understand history, flow and counter-flow, nevertheless come back to certain basics.
One asks whether we deceive ourselves in always asking for some grand narrative. Can there only be one narrator or is history of necessity a colloquium, contested ground? Is national history a myth? And history-writing itself: is it actually a form of fiction, an artifice which flatters to deceive? What, exactly, is a historical fact?
This conference, we hope, will address these perspectives and others which connect and arise.
For the fourth consecutive year, The European Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held alongside The European Conference on Media, Communication and Film. Registration for either of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the other.
In conjunction with our global partners, we look forward to extending a warm welcome to you in Brighton.
– The ECAH2017 Organising Committee (iafor.org/ECAH2017-committee)
Featured Panel Presentation: The Challenges of Doing Research and Creative Activity in the Arts and Humanities Today
Professor Donald E. Hall and Professor Anne Boddington
Given the rise of anti-intellectualism and increasing emphasis on technical and skills-based education, 2017 and beyond will prove particularly challenging times for those of us working in the arts and humanities. Our panellists will each speak for five to ten minutes about the broad political constraints on their work, as well as their respective national and institutional contexts of funding and prioritisation. This will be followed by a general discussion with the audience about collective experiences and strategies for individual and collective response to the challenges that we face.
Further programming will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
For information about IAFOR’s new grants and scholarships for PhD students and early career academics, please visit: www.iafor.org/ecah2017-financial-support
Peer-reviewed journal: The IAFOR Journal of Arts and Humanities
The IAFOR Journal of Arts and Humanities (joah.iafor.org) is an editorially independent journal associated with ECAH2017. The editor of the journal will select the strongest papers from associated conference proceedings for consideration. This open access journal, which conforms to the highest academic standards, reflects the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.
After having your abstract accepted and presenting your research at the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings. Our conference proceedings are open access research repositories, which act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Further details are available here: iafor.org/ecah2017-final-paper-submission
THINK (think.iafor.org), The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from full research papers, to shorter opinion pieces, interviews, podcasts, film and photography.
Join IAFOR at ECAH2017 to:
– Present to a global audience
– Have your work published in the Conference Proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, open-access journals
– Benefit from IAFOR’s interdisciplinary focus by hearing about the latest research in Arts and Humanities, Media, Communication and Film, and more
– Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
– Take part in interactive audience sessions
– Network with international colleagues
Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Registration prices. Early Bird Registration is open until the end of March 30, 2017. Lunch is included in all conference registrations.
Please see the registration page for details: www.iafor.org/ecah2017-registration
If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer additional discounts in appreciation of your support. Please contact us at [email protected] for details.