Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Extended Deadline: 14th of April 2010


DRHA 2010 Conference: Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts

Sunday 5th September – Wednesday 8th September 2010

Brunel University, West London

CONFERENCE THEME: Sensual Technologies: Collaborative Practices of Interdisciplinarity

The conferences overall theme will be the exploration of the collaborative relationship between the body and sensual/sensing technologies across various disciplines. In this respect it will offer an interrogation of practices that are indebted to the innovative exchange between the sensual, visceral and new technologies.

At the same time, the aim is to look to new approaches offered by various emerging fields and practices that incorporate new and existing technologies. Specific examples of areas for discussion could include:

Delineation of new collaborative practices and the interchange of knowledge

Collaborative interdisciplinary practices of embodiment and technology

Integration/deployment of digital resources in new contexts

Connections and tensions that exist between the Arts, Humanities and Science

Notions of the solitary and the collaborative across the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences

eScience in the Arts and Humanities

Use of digital resources in collaborative creative work, teaching, learning and scholarship

Open source and second generation Web infrastructure

Digital media in time and space

Music and technology: composition and performance

Dance and interactive technologies

Taking inspiration from SET: imaging, GPS and mobile technologies

Evaluating the experience among providers and users / performers and audiences

Interface Design and HCI

Performative Practices in SecondLife or other virtual platforms

New critical paradigms for the conferences theme

The DRHA (Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts) conference is held annually at various academic venues throughout the UK. This years conference is hosted by Brunel University, West London. It will take place from Sunday 5th September to Wednesday 8th September 2010. It will be held across various innovative spaces, including the newly expanded Boiler House laboratory facilities, housed in the Antonin Artaud Building, and state of the art conference facilities plus high standard accommodation.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

- Richard Coyne – Professor of Architectural Computing at the University of Edinburgh.

- Christopher Pressler: Director of Research and Learning Resources and Director of the Centre for Research Communications, University of Nottingham.

- Thecla Schiphorst: Media Artist/Designer and Faculty Member in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

- STELARC, Chair in Performance Art at Brunel University and Senior Research, Fellow in the MARCS Labs at the University of Western Sydney.

We invite original papers, panels, installations, performances, workshop sessions and other events that address the conference theme, with particular attention to the Sensual Technologies focus. We encourage proposals for innovative and non-traditional session formats.

DRHA 2010 will include a SecondLife roundtable/discussion event, led by performance artist Stelarc, which will enable international participants to present performative work via Second Life. For this event, we particular encourage submission of Machinima works that can be screened as part of this panel.

Short presentations, for example work-in-progress, are invited for poster presentations.

Anyone wishing to submit a performance or installation should visit for information about the spaces and technical equipment and support available.

All proposals – whether papers, performance or other – should reflect the critical engagement at the heart of DRHA 2010.

The deadline for submissions will now be: 14 April 2010.

At this stage, only abstracts are due and these should be between 600 – 1000 words.

Full papers can be submitted after the conference for peer-review to specifically themed issues of the Body Space and Technology Journal (Brunel University), as well as to the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, (Intellect Publishing).

Letters of acceptance will be sent by mid/late May 2010.

Please see more information and a link for online submission.

Franziska Schroeder

DRHA 2010 Programme Chair

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