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June 12, 2007

CHArt 2007



CHArt (COMPUTERS AND THE HISTORY OF ART) TWENTY-THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE: DIGITAL ARCHIVE FEVER :: CALL FOR PAPERS :: November 8 - 9, 2007 :: London Venue to be confirmed :: Deadline: June 30.

Museums, galleries, archives, libraries and media organisations such as publishers and film and broadcast companies, have traditionally mediated and controlled access to cultural resources and knowledge. What is the future of such ‘top-down’ institutions in the age of ‘bottom-up’ access to knowledge and cultural artifacts through what is generally known as Web 2:0 - encompassing YouTube, Bittorrent, Napster, Wikipedia, Google, MySpace and more. Will such institutions respond to this threat to their cultural hegemony by resistance or adaptation? How can a museum or a gallery or, for that matter, a broadcasting company, appeal to an audience which has unprecedented access to cultural resources? How can institutions predicated on a cultural economy of scarcity compete in an emerging state of cultural abundance?

For the twenty-second CHArt conference we are looking for papers that reflect upon these issues, particularly in relation to visual culture. We particularly welcome contributions from those working in either ‘traditional’ cultural organisations or those involved in new forms of cultural access and distribution.

Please email submissions (a three hundred word synopsis of the proposed paper with CV of presenter/s and other key figures) by 31 May 2007 to Hazel Gardiner (hazel.gardiner[at]kcl.ac.uk).

Dr Charlie Gere, Chair, CHArt
c/o Centre for Computing in the Humanities
Kings College, University of London
Kay House
7 Arundel Street

Posted by jo at June 12, 2007 10:28 AM