CFP: Recombinant Creativity @ OCAD University

CFP: “Recombinant Creativity,” a conference at OCAD University. Submissions due: December 2.

Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies,
and Contemporary Cultural Products

Call for Papers

Fredric Jameson spoke of a “dialectical intensification of the autoreferentiality of all modern
culture, which tends to turn upon itself and designate its own cultural production as its content.”
Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Building upon Fredric Jameson’s potent and pithy insight into the character of contemporary
cultural production this conference asks broadly about the role of appropriation and
interdisciplinarity. Has the traditionally discipline-based structure of scholarship been challenged
or changed by recombinant forms and processes of critical engagement?

The Contemporary Art, New Media and Design Histories program at OCAD University invites
papers that acknowledge the place and implication of Jameson’s ideas of autoreferentiality or the
practices of assemblage, bricolage, collage, remixing, sampling, borrowing, mashups, hybridity,
and the role of technology as strategies for creativity.

Papers will be accepted from graduate students of all levels and disciplines, and should be
traditional presentations 15- 20 minutes in length. While an emphasis will be placed on these
discourses in art and visual culture, we also welcome cross-disciplinary interpretations of the
theme. Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Global and local collages in design practice
• Re-imagining indigenous culture through digital dialogues
• Hip hop in contemporary Indigenous cultures.
• Biopolitics and subversive, activist strategies
• Splicing and the cultures of bricolage in contemporary society
• Appropriation as methodology
• Processes of othering and identity-formation
• Appropriation as a sign of cultural bankruptcy
• (de) Historicizing the so-called Western canon in art history
• Recombinant culture as resistance and strategies of dissent

Please send a 250-word abstract of your paper along with a working title, keywords, curriculum
vitae, and contact information to

The symposium will be held 6-7 March, 2014 at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada.
Deadline for submission: 2 December 2nd, 2013.

Successful participants will be notified: by 17 December, 2013.

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