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CFP: IU/OSU Graduate Student Conference

Thursday, November 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez
Indiana University (IU) and The Ohio State University (OSU) are hosting their joint conference, "20/20 (Re)Vision: Looking Back, Thinking Forward," February 21–22, 2020, at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The conference encourages students to submit proposals by December 15. 


From the organizers of the IU/OSU 2020 Conference:


Even with 20/20 vision, one will never be able to see, or engage with, the whole picture. When we look back, deep into the histories of our disciplines, we find things that both disgust and inspire. Some of these we want to leave in the past if possible, but they haunt us from the margins of the structures in which we still live. However, some of these kinds of knowing can provide a foundation for new, innovative ways of envisioning our future.

The conference offers the theme 20/20 (Re)Vision: Looking Back, Thinking Forward, as an invitation to foreground alternative, decolonial, and under-acknowledged perspectives that engage critically with disciplinary origins across folklore and ethnomusicology graduate student scholarship. Specifically, the conference welcomes perspectives that are interdisciplinary in nature and prompt critical discussion and reflection to capture emergent applied and academic trajectories. The conference encourages those presenting to engage with questions about their own citational practices (both formal and informal) and the kinds of histories we are invoking, and what kind of futures those open up.

In a similar vein, the conference invites scholars to play with form. As folklorists and ethnomusicologists, we are experts in how form carries meaning and shapes communication. What does changing the form of our communication in academic settings do to our messages? What does it do to the kinds of conversations we want to have? What do we learn from prioritizing different kinds of media? Some possibilities include:

  • Paper Presentation (20min. presentation and discussion);
  • Forums;
  • Performance Lectures/Jam Sessions;
  • Workshops;
  • Flash presentations;
  • Workshop, Skill-Share, or Training;
  • Media Session or Presentation;
  • Pop-Up Exhibitions/Installation;
  • Poster Presentations.

The conference will also be sponsoring a forum at the conference, (re)folk-us, where participants will spend time envisioning what they want for the future of the IU/OSU conference as well as the fields themselves.

The conference encourages interdisciplinary conversations about how to build stronger solidarity networks among scholars, activists, community organizations, artists, and other actors in this pivotal societal moment.

To submit proposals, see the 20/20 (Re)Vision: Looking Back, Thinking Forward Submission Form.

To request housing, see IU/OSU Student Conference Housing Requests.

Contact with any questions.

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