To live is to experience disruption. From history to contemporary politics, it continues to shape society. A cornerstone of creativity, disruption breaks the mould, shatters glass ceilings, and radically challenges how we live, work and play. Yet, disruption is often portrayed as negative, painful and unnecessary. From cliché to fundamental component of life, this conference offers an opportunity to explore through research the meaning and impact of one word in both personal and public spheres.
While we invite expansive contributions from alldisciplines within the Arts and Humanities and in collaboration across disciplines, the theme should be explored through an Arts & Humanities perspective. We welcome papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:
Rise of self-publishing
Digital technology and story-telling
Diversity in publishing
Rise of the anti-expert
News by algorithm
Innovation in journalism
Impact of technology on language
Language evolution & adaptation
Cognitive functions and language
Technology and the creative process
Humanity and technology
Papers should last no more than twenty minutes and will be followed by discussion. Proposals from Undergraduate (final year), Masters, and PhD students are welcome. We also encourage creative practice contributors to submit an abstract for consideration.
Please submit an abstract of no more than two hundred words to firstname.lastname@example.org with “YOUR NAME” and “ABSTRACT” in the subject line by 9am on Monday April 1st 2019.
Meet the team
Get to know the organisers putting together the 2019 Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference.
“Today, we are in the midst of a profound critical juncture for communication.”
“… critical junctures in media and communication tend to occur when at least two if not all three of the following conditions hold:
There is a revolutionary new communication technology that undermines the existing system
The content of the media system, especially in journalism, is increasingly discredited or seen as illegitimate; and
There is a major political crisis – severe social disequilibrium – in which the existing order is no longer working and there are major movements for social reform.
Robert McChesney, Communication Revolution: Critical Junctures and the Future of Media
“In times of widespread chaos and confusion, it has been the duty of more advanced human beings--artists, scientists, clowns and philosophers--to create order. In times such as ours, however, when there is too much order, too much management, too much programming and control, it becomes the duty of superior men and women to fling their favorite monkey wrenches into the machinery. To relive the repression of the human spirit, they must sow doubt and disruption.”
“Our planet has entered the Anthropocene – a new geological epoch when humanity’s influence is causing global climate change, the loss of wild spaces, and a drastic decline in the richness of life. Microbes are not exempt. Whether on coral reefs or in human guts, we are disrupting the relationships between microbes and their hosts, often pulling apart species that have been together for millions of years.”