Red Hot Research No. 9

red hot research logo4:00 p.m. Friday, October 25

The Commons at Spooner Hall

This week’s lineup:

Cathy Joritz (Film & Media Studies): Digital Art & Animation

Jennifer Gleason (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology): Courtship Songs 

 Paola Sanguinetti (Architecture): Sustainable Design, Building Performance, Energy Retrofit

Rafe Brown (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology): Island Communities

Jonathan Lamb (English): English Literature & Book History

Red Hot Research is a series of research sharing sessions that aims to introduce KU researchers to the work of their colleagues, stimulating multidisciplinary inquiry and the formation of new collaborative research teams.  The format of Red Hot Research sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha.

Call for papers: Recombinant Creativity (deadline Dec. 2)

Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies, and Contemporary Cultural Products

(Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, March 6-7, 2014)

Fredric Jameson spoke of a “dialectical intensification of the autoreferentiality of all modern culture, which tends to turn upon itself and designate its own cultural production as its content” (Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism).

Building upon Fredric Jameson’s potent and pithy insight into the character of contemporary cultural production this conference asks broadly about the role of appropriation and interdisciplinarity. Has the traditionally discipline-based structure of scholarship been challenged or changed by recombinant forms and processes of critical engagement?

The Contemporary Art, New Media and Design Histories program at OCAD University invites papers that acknowledge the place and implication of Jameson’s ideas of autoreferentiality or the practices of assemblage, bricolage, collage, remixing, sampling, borrowing, mashups, hybridity, and the role of technology as strategies for creativity.

Papers will be accepted from graduate students of all levels and disciplines, and should be traditional presentations 15- 20 minutes in length. While an emphasis will be placed on these discourses in art and visual culture, we also welcome cross-disciplinary interpretations of the theme. Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to the following:

– Global and local collages in design practice

– Re-imagining indigenous culture through digital dialogues

– Hip hop in contemporary Indigenous cultures.

– Biopolitics and subversive, activist strategies

– Splicing and the cultures of bricolage in contemporary society

– Appropriation as methodology

– Processes of othering and identity-formation

– Appropriation as a sign of cultural bankruptcy

– (de) Historicizing the so-called Western canon in art history

– Recombinant culture as resistance and strategies of dissent

Please send a 250-word abstract of your paper along with a working title, keywords, curriculum vitae, and contact information to The symposium will be held 6-7 March, 2014 at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada.

Deadline for submission: December 2, 2013.

Successful participants will be notified by December 17, 2013.

Follow us on Twitter @cadnconference. Recombinant Creativity blog at

Call for submissions: Journal for Artistic Research (deadline Nov. 15)

The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) is a peer-reviewed journal, publishing original research from artists of all disciplines. Published twice a year, with currently four issues accessible online, the journal is unique in its field, marrying the rich-media and social networking capabilities of online publishing to peer-review and scholarly rigour.

JAR invites original submissions for future issues from artists worldwide, with or without academic affiliation. The journal is open to submission from all artists who wish to reflect on and expose artistic practice as research, who are interested in exchanging ideas and processes with a group of engaged peers and, thus willing to contribute to the ongoing debate about research in the arts.

With the aim of displaying and documenting practice in a manner that respects artistic modes of presentation, the journal uses the Research Catalogue, a free-to-use online tool that allows the weaving together of text, image, audio and video material. JAR is open to all possible approaches to the publication of research including those that use little or no text. The Research Catalogue also enables collaboration, allowing multiple authors to work on the same document simultaneously and submit to the journal as a team. Articles that are not accepted for publication in JAR can be self-published, free of charge in the Research Catalogue.

JAR is a free open-access resource, with an international readership and a growing pool of renowned artistic and academic reviewers. The journal’s issues are non-thematic and submissions are considered by an experienced editorial board, in a rolling fashion, as they are submitted. To submit an article, contributors are required to register for an account on the Research Catalogue, and use the writing space to layout and expose their research. JAR provides editorial guidance and technical help with these processes.

Interested contributors should first acquaint themselves with previous issues at (the inaugural issue JAR0 is a good place to start) and then contact the journal to discuss the suitability of their material and receive advice on progressing towards submission.

The next issue, JAR4, will be published in November. Submissions that should be considered for JAR5 need to be made before November 15, 2013.

Send your correspondence to Barnaby Drabble, Managing Editor, Journal for Artistic Research:

JAR is published by the Society for Artistic Research.

Interdisciplinary music performance at The Commons

On Wednesday, October 30, at 6 p.m., KU-AUMI InterArts will bring together volunteer performers for an interactive, multimedia, mixed-ability experience incorporating sound, movement, visual & electronic media. The performance will feature a new technology called the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), which is designed to allow people with limited mobility to independently engage in music-making. The KU-AUMI research team includes Kip Haaheim (music), Michelle Heffner Hayes (dance), Nicole Hodges Persley (theatre), and Sherry Tucker (American studies).

Steve Fuller: “The promises and perils of interdisciplinary research: A long view”

Steve William Fuller (b. 1959) is an American philosopher-sociologist in the field of science and technology studies. This video (part 1 of 3 on You Tube) is a keynote lecture he gave at the Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers conference in January 2012. I particularly like his discussion of “internal” and “external” interdisciplinarity, and how those concepts are historically embedded into graduate studies at the university.