Call for Papers – Transmission: HOSPITALITY, Sheffield, UK (1-3 July 2010) – deadline 15 March 2010

Call for Papers
Transmission: HOSPITALITY
Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd July 2010
Sheffield, UK

Call for Papers – deadline 15 March 2010

Guests: Clegg and Guttmann (Artists, Germany), Juliet Flower MacCannell (Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English, UC Irvine) Ahuvia Kahane (Professor of Greek, Royal Holloway, University of London), Esther Leslie (Professor in Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London) Dany Nobus (Professor, School of Social Sciences, Brunel, University West London), Blake Stimson (Professor of Art History, University of California)

Transmission: Hospitality aims to address the relation between the various modes of analysis and communication that comprehend art. This conference will be set in a transdisciplinary and transcultural context where dialogues between artists, writers, critics, curators, and academics will be welcomed as a method for generating, mediating, and reflecting experience and knowledge about the way art is received.

Hospitality speaks about art through a form that responds to how art is encountered, discussed and, perhaps most importantly, received. This theme will be explored over the three days of the conference through the topics of Host, Stranger, and Friend. Here we will consider the ethics of hospitality, of making the stranger welcome. A host has a standard of conduct, and historically, hospitality has been seen as a code, a duty, a virtue, and a law. There is a bond between host and guest, and indeed, it is one that may exceed the bond of family – a bond one may be called to defer in place of the guest, as the guest must take precedence. Hospitality derives from hospes, formed from hostis, a stranger. Stranger joins with polis, the state. There is a duty of care. Rather than a fetishising of the social encounter or the reduction of conversation to an aesthetic genre, this international conference takes up discussions on hospitality, incorporating both the stranger and the friend. Here we will ask how art can inform the politics, ethics, and cultural meaning that lie at the heart of the relation between host and guest.

We invite papers and proposal for panels of three speakers on any aspect of the conference theme. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an international panel of academics and artists. Topics may include but are not limited to:

art and responsibility, art and ethics, art and psychoanalysis, cultures of curating, hospitality and film

art and the foreigner (or the odd, eccentric and uncanny), art and philosophy, multidisciplinary practice

art and dialogue, art and community, art and politics, collaborative practice

Each of the conference papers will be published on the Transmission website. Papers from the conference will also be considered for publication in the forthcoming issue of Transmission Annual.

The conference is being developed in association with Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, USA) and will include the launch of the new journal Transmission Annual (Artwords) and the opening of Transmission: Interrupted in the SIA Gallery.

Contributors are invited to reflect on the themes outlined above and to present their work in one of the Dialogue session at the conference.

You are invited to submit a proposal in the form of a written abstract, which will be peer-reviewed by a selection of international artists, writers and academics. Successful authors will be invited to present a 20 minute paper in a panel at the conference.

Guidelines for Abstracts:
The deadline for abstracts is Monday 15 March. You are invited to submit either an abstract for an individual paper or a proposal for a panel of papers on a theme relevant the conference as described above. Please provide full contact details with your abstract or panel proposal.

Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 250 words and proposals for panels of three papers should be no longer than 500 words. Please submit by email to

For further details, see the Conference webpages at

Venue and Contact Details:
Transmission will be hosted by the Art & Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University and will take place from 1st – 3rd July 2010 at:

Furnival Building
153 Arundel Street
City Campus
Sheffield Hallam University
S1 2NU