Call For Proposals: Archival Silent Noise Conference

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Call for Papers
April 13, 2023 to April 16, 2023
Maryland, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Teaching and Learning, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

The architectures of oppression and liberation are not easily gleaned. Institutions and systems cannot hold themselves accountable for the oppression they foster nor are they able to liberate themselves from oppression when the stories they tell about themselves are incomplete. To borrow from the framework of reconciliation, speaking truths fosters accountability, redress and helps prevent future injustices. The reconciliation process is not easy, and if not done thoughtfully, can lead to further harm. Speaking of the role of performance in social justice activism, D. Soyini Madison suggests it is both an effective and an affective tactic. 

Performance is a “means and a space from whatever elements or resources are available to resist or subvert the strategies of more powerful institutions, ideologies or processes.”  The same can be said for a myriad of forms of artistic expression, from visual arts, to dance, to music, to filmmaking.

This year as part of TU’s College of Fine Arts and Communication’s CoLab (Invisible Architectures), we will host Archival Silence, a conference that considers the invisible, ignored and silenced areas of our artistic disciplines.  By exploring approaches to re-visibilizing and reimagining the archives of our disciplines in the field and in the classroom, Archival Silent Noise will create a space to honor and generate joyful noise and good trouble.

A publication will bookend the conference in 2024.


Submissions from any academic and artistic discipline are welcome. We also invite professionals in nonacademic settings to submit proposals. 

We are looking for proposals for panel discussions, workshops, conversations, papers, essays, happenings,  and artistic presentations. 

Topics can include but are not limited to: 

  • higher education and its collaboration with artists and communities; 
  • classroom strategies for opening up the discipline;
  • successes and failures in interdisciplinary collaborations;
  • artistic silos; 
  • successful artists/activist collaboration; 
  • archival practices for ephemeral experiences;

To apply, please submit a 300-word proposal of the content of your offering. Please include with your abstract:  your full name and your academic or professional affiliation along with your preferred method of presenting (in person or online).

Archival Silent NOISE will take place on Towson University’s campus over four days. 
Conference Dates: April 13 – 16, 2023 
This conference is free and open to all. 

Proposal Due January 17th

Contact Info: 

Kalima Young
Assistant Professor
Towson University
Co-Director,  Invisible Architectures

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