New Media Caucus Call for Panel Proposals for CAA Conference (Chicago 2010)

  • Deadline:
    May 1, 2009, midnight

New Media Caucus Call for Panel Proposals for CAA Conference (Chicago 2010)
The New Media Caucus invites panel proposals for a 1.5 hour affiliated panel open session at the College Art Association annual conference; the deadline for proposals is May 1st 2009. At this time, we are accepting proposals for the 2010 CAA Conference in Chicago. Please note that multiple proposals are acceptable.

Proposals should be submitted by panel chairs or co-chairs who will organize the session including its call for submissions or invitations. The NMC executive board will assist with providing liaison to CAA, administration, publicity, etc.

Proposals should outline
- Concept for the panel
- Areas of investigation
- Questions the panel will raise
- Specific topic areas presenters could address
- What types of presentation formats will be considered
- If your panel will be invitational, indicate the possible panelists (you don't need to ask them at this point, we just want to see a sampling of your potential panelists)
- If your panel will have a call for submissions, provide a timetable for the process
- A CATCHY TITLE – you really need to stand out in the sea of panels

Sample from a previous years' affiliated society panel session
Video art has been used as a conceptual, self-reflexive tool to examine society culture, and media hegemonies for over 40 years. Video art moves about walls in flowing digital paintings and confronts us like a voice in installations. Similarly, sonic sculptures draw us through gallery spaces, inviting our attention and participation. This panel encourages artists who work with video and/or sound to discuss the relationship of their art to aesthetics, content and technology. Presenters could address: What strategies do artists using video and sound now adopt? How does the public assess the artistic quality of a form that represents entertainment and cheap reproduction? How do we talk about the shared conceptual space between sound, installation and video art? The panel invites proposals from artists, theorists and art historians. Unusual formats are encouraged.

Publishing Requirement
The New Media Caucus media-N Journal (ISSN: 1942-017X) will publish a conference edition shortly after the CAA conference to include reports from all NMC sponsored panels. Panel chairs are required to write a 500 word synopsis of the panel; additionally all panelists should be informed that documentation of their presentations are required to be published in the media-N Journal conference edition. Panel chairs are responsible for collecting, editing and arranging the materials from their panel for the journal edition. The format for documenting presentations should be chosen to reflect the content and style of the original presentations. There is great flexibility in how to achieve this. For example, in the past some have chosen to document their presentation through the form of a traditional paper, transcript of the presentation, discussion, interview or even audio or video. Panel chairs should plan in advance of the conference how documentation will be produced if a traditional paper format is not appropriate (such as sound or video recording). Full submissions must be completed by mid-March 2010 after the conference. If you have questions about this requirement, contact Rachel Clarke, Executive Editor of media-N at for further detail.

- For the affiliated open session panel, while the panel chair should be a New Media Caucus member, panelists need not be CAA members or even artists.
- There are currently no membership fees to join the Caucus. Visit the New Media Caucus website on information about how to join at this URL:
- NMC does not fund conference fees, transportation, or hotels for chairs or panelists. However, NMC can provide official letters of acceptance to assist you with securing funding support from your home institutions.
- Chairing or presenting during a 1.5 hour affiliated open session (open to the public) does not disqualify you from submitting a proposal or participating in other capacities for the CAA conference such as chairing a panel or serving as a panelist.

Proposals will be reviewed by the New Media Caucus executive board. The deadline to submit your proposal is May 1st, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be late May. Your role on your panel will be as chair. The chosen panel for Chicago will be submitted to CAA in early June.

Email submissions by May 1st, 2009 to Paul Catanese: