*Call: **Confronting Chaos - Conference*

*(We welcome traditional & nontraditional forms of presentation)*

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, August 25-28 + in-person

Queen’s University’s Screen Cultures & Curatorial Studies program invites
you to submit proposals by *May 10th 2022* to its inaugural graduate
conference, taking place in person August 25-28 2022. Dr. Laura Marks
(Simon Fraser University) will be our keynote speaker. We are *interested
in **both traditional and **nontraditional forms of presentation. *Please
see below and the poster attached for our full call for proposals.
“The chaos of the mind cannot constitute a reply to the providence of the
universe. All it can be is an awakening in the night, where all that can be
heard is anguished poetry let loose.” ― Georges Bataille, Literature and

Greek Chaos (the gap between heaven and earth) births Gaia (earth) and Eros
(sexual desire) which procreate to make other deities. Under the
acceleration of modernity we encounter the relentless accumulation of
knowledge without understanding or grounding. We sense our own bodies and
feel the threat of chaos loom in the mass of ambivalent sensations that
rise into our perception. We embrace chaos and its vicissitudes, asking to
be demolished by its operations so we can be reborn – or die – anew.

For our inaugural graduate conference we invite you to think of chaos as a
space of potential for re-shaping dominant modes of engaging with the
world. How does art diffuse or activate chaos? In what ways do mythological
formulations of chaos speak to our present moment? How does your
artistic/scholarly work respond to, react against, or embrace chaos?

*We are seeking traditional and non-traditional forms of presentation:*
papers, screenings, performances, animation, workshops, theatre, puppetry,
curatorial projects, sound work, poetry, DJ/VJ sets, light works, live body
horror, sculpture, relational aesthetics, stripteases, pataphysical
contemplations, weddings, rituals, massages, parties, beckonings, radio
plays, podcasts, found drama – as befits a conference on chaos, the options
are limitless. We might consider:

   - Geopolitics and the mapping of chaos
   - Quantum chaos and chaos in scientific fields
   - Gendered and affective dimensions of chaos
   - Competing cosmologies and mythologies of chaos
   - Ontologies of chaos
   - Chaos magic, conspiracy, and the supernatural
   - Politics of chaos: anarchism and its lineages
   - Performances of chaos
   - Phenomenologies of chaos: noise, pareidolia, madness

Submit proposals of up to 500 words to by
*May 10th, 2022*. The conference will be in-person in Kingston, Ontario.
Individual and collaborative proposals are welcome. You can include images
and audio in your proposals, and a summary of your tech needs. If you
require alternative submission formats, please let us know.
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