Attention all Masters students in Visual Arts and related fields, registered at a South African university, and who are current SAVAH members:
We are pleased to announce this special call for papers for Masters Degree students who are members of SAVAH to participate in our 34th Annual SAVAH CONFERENCE, to be hosted by The Faculty of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 11-13 September 2019.
Remember membership is FREE for Masters students!
(To register please click on the ‘join’ button on the right).
Through a generous donation from the Javett Foundation, a limited
number of Javett Foundation SAVAH Conference Participation Grants are available.
These grants will cover the costs of economy transport and accommodation costs,
as well as all conference-related fees.
applicant must be a SAVAH member.
applicant must be registered for a
Full-time Masters Degree programme in Visual Arts/Fine Arts/Art History or
related discipline at a South African University.
applicant’s abstract/paper must be accepted into the conference.
applicant must be a South African citizen or permanent resident
applicant must not be in possession of an existing travel grant/scholarship
that can enable the student to attend the conference
Speaking with ghosts: Hauntology, memory,
nostalgia and other ways of engaging with past/present/future.
Hauntology is a composite of
‘haunting’ and ‘ontology’ proposed by Jacques Derrida (1993) as a way of
thinking about the presence of absent figures, which haunt the world in an
ambiguous state of being neither alive nor dead. To use the metaphor of haunting conjures ghosts
and specters, tangible but not entirely whole or extant beings,
inherited from the past and discernible in the present. The ‘ghost’ therefore inhabits a disjointed
timespace in which ‘anything is possible’ as the past and present co-exist on a
As a theme
in critical theory, hauntology turns
to the past in order to make sense of the present, to understand how we got to
this place and to consider what’s to come.To speak with ghosts, as
Karen Barad (2010: 264)
suggests, is not a project of reconstruction, but a means:
to acknowledge and be responsive to the non-contemporaneity of the
present, to put oneself at risk, to risk oneself (which is never one or self),
to open oneself up to indeterminacy in moving towards what is to-come.
We propose this theme as a productive framework for
addressing the challenges of working with
what we inherit, and for
dealing with contemporary concerns around existence in transition. We invite scholars to critically engage with aspects of past and
present, the notion of Hauntology, memory, nostalgia and related concepts in
the visual domain, including visual art, archeology, architecture, design, and
include, but are not limited to:
different ways are there for dealing with the past, present and
- How can academics
take up the challenge to respond and take responsibility for that which we
- How do we
exorcise or live with the ghosts of colonization within the decolonial
- What kind
of insights and blindnesses are produced through spectral encounters with
forms of visual and material culture?
happens when we admit the ghost—that special instance of the merging of
the visible and the invisible, the dead and the living, the past and the
present—into meaning making?
- What are
the implications of spectral encounters for pedagogical practice?
art and aesthetics be instrumental in putting ghosts to rest, or should
art rather invoke or agitate the ghost?
- In what ways does the past affect present and
- How has art been politicised by the ghosts of
- What is the role of nostalgia in imaging pasts,
presents and futures?
also invite papers from SAVAH members on current research that engages topics
not included in this rubric.
Please submit an abstract of between 300
and 400 words via the www.savah.org.za website
by 17 May 2019. Please indicate your interest in the Javett Foundation
Participation Grant when submitting your abstract.
Any questions to do with the conference can be sent to email@example.com
See Barad, K. 2010. Quantum Entanglements and Hauntological Relations of Inheritance:
Dis/continuities, SpaceTime Enfoldings, and Justice-to-Come. Derrida Today 3,2: 240–268.