This 7 – 8 June 2013 The Mosaic Rooms in London will be the venue for:
This Global Futures Annual Forum 2013 is hosted by Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media (Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton) in association with Ibraaz (www.ibraaz.org).
The two-day public forum will open wide discussions about society, culture and everyday life in Iraq and Iran. For decades, the Western media have shown these countries as threats to global peace. This event brings together specialists and professionals in mass media, the visual and performing arts, cultural and social studies and history to examine Western representations of Iraq and Iran. But, more importantly, this forum offers diverse alternative accounts of real life in Iraq and Iran today.
Ten years on from the invasion of Iraq led by the US and the UK, and in the continuing context of the apparent direct threat posed both from and aimed at Iran, this timely gathering focuses on these countries and the broader regional context in four related and under-examined areas:
- Everyday culture and ways of life
- Women, power and a changing social order
- Media accounts generated within and without Iraq and Iran
- Contemporary art and design in the region
Event speakers, along with media including film, fine arts and design, will contribute to a vital and creative debate touching on the related significance of ‘the Arab Spring,’ multiple performances and mediations of politics and identities, the changing status of men and women in these societies in political and cultural crisis, the places of contemporary art and everyday life, as well as the peoples originally from Iraq and Iran now living in, or between, Britain and the Middle East.
In the process, it will take up a politics and an economics of representation: who gets to represent whom? Who gets to represent themselves? Whose representations count, have currency, are circulated, and validated as knowledge?
The meeting over two days includes invited speakers, roundtable discussions and sections for short papers on the four topics outlined above. Allotted discussion time will enable considerable interactive involvement from audiences throughout the event.
For further information, please contact Dr Victoria Walters at V.M.Walters@soton.ac.uk
For the Call for Papers, please see: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/wrc/news/events/2013/06/14_globalfuturesforum2013.page
More information about the programme of speakers and events, please check that same webpage and this blog which will be updated as appropriate.