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Spring Seminar 2021 : Spring Seminar 2021 · Spectrology, Haunting and Ghosts


When May 6, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Where Porto, Portugal
Submission Deadline Feb 21, 2021
Notification Due Mar 1, 2021
Categories    critical studies   film studies   aesthetics   visual arts

Call For Papers

Organizing Committee
Daniel Ribas
Nuno Crespo

Keynote Speakers and Artist Talks
Isabel Capeloa Gil
João Pedro Rodrigues
José Bértolo
Margarida Medeiros
Noé Sendas
Ulrich Baer

Some artworks, from cinema to visual arts and photography, have absorbed phenomena like ghosts, zombies, illness, death, spectra, apparitions, and other kind of “in-between” states of being. This kind of liminality is a way of bringing forward in our historical present its profound ambiguity.

Images are ontologically problematic in their approach to reality. They are always a representation of a time and a space, and their manipulation puts into question their indexicality.

This liminality of ghosts, spectra and apparitions is also a way of analyzing the complexity of our historical present, in both its linearity and a cross-over of past, present and future. Therefore, these “in-between” states discuss issues of the traumatic past, as are empowerments to change the future. That is, the traumatic past haunts the historical present demanding new ways of knowing the world and history that will transform power structures.

This seminar aims to map and discuss contemporary manifestations in art & cinema of these phenomena.

We welcome papers on the following topics:

Critical theory on spectrology, haunting and ghosts
Cinema and visual arts that incorporate or relate to ghosts, zombies or dead people
Spaces of liminality in cinema and contemporary art
Artworks that use spectrology, haunting and ghosts as means to speak trauma
Alternative uses of narrative dealing with these “in-between” states
How certain images haunt the historical present

Guidelines for submissions:

The proposals should be comprised of an abstract (about 300 words), a biographical note (about 100 words), 4-6 keywords and contact and affiliation information of the author(s);
The proposals should be sent in a single word document (.doc or .docx);
All submissions should be sent to

The evaluation of the proposals will follow a double-blinded peer-review process.

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