EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY IN WORD AND IMAGE”
UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE, SCOTLAND
MONDAY 11-FRIDAY 15 AUGUST, 2014
2014’s conference will be hosted for the first time by the Scottish Word and Image Group (SWIG), fronted by the University of Dundee’s English programme and Museum Services.
The conference theme is “Riddles of Form: Exploration and Discovery in Word and Image.” It will examine representation of science and technology in text, poetry, art, popular culture, film, print and digital media, etc. Dundee has a particular history and reputation in both sciences and arts and is thus an ideal venue for the theme.
The conference will specifically invoke Dundee’s scientific and cultural history through the foundational work of D’Arcy Thompson and Patrick Geddes, both polymathic visual thinkers of international reputation. It will also showcase the city’s history of polar exploration and technological innovation. However, the conference’s approach to ‘science’ is in no sense limited to the Anglophone tradition defining it in the narrower sense of the natural sciences, but will restore the full range of its original humanistic associations. Hence the theme will appeal to panels and papers on any kind of knowledge, enquiry and analysis, and how they are conceptualised, conducted or communicated through forms of verbal and visual media.
SWIG also hopes to collaborate with Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Science Centre and other local bodies to host accompanying exhibitions, events and films. The 2014 Triennial will be a high-profile event, with four packed days of panels and keynote talks, plus a day of optional trips. Speakers will also have the option of presenting either in English or French. An initial call for panels will be circulated in mid-November 2012.