Call for Applications, Films and Papers: Encounters with the Urban Night

Entidade promotora
Visual Research Network & Estonian National Museum

“Encounters with the Urban Night: multisensory ethnographies of shadow and alterity”

The Visual Research Network, in association with the Estonian National Museum, will hold the 3rd edition of the VRN Residency and Conferencein Tartu, Estonia from June 12th to June 19th, 2022. This year’s theme of Urban Night invites researchers and creative practitioners to engage with the alternative dimensions of the urban as encountered in their research, fieldwork or artistic productions, where the notion of an urban night is explored within the broadest framing of cultural, social, behavioural and sensorial phenomena.

This event will seek to showcase new perspectives and approaches that visual/sensory practitioners, researchers and PhD students are currently employing in their work and/or seeking to explore in new contexts. The format of a residency/conference creates an ideal environment to explore various approaches to both theory and practice, with each shaping and influencing the other through a cycle of action and reflection.

With pandemic–related restrictions being lifted around the world, the VRN invites researchers and practitioners to Tartu just before summer solstice and the shortest night of the year, to study the urban night in a moment of resurgence. For the conference, the VRN is looking for films of all lengths and research paper abstracts that tie together themes of alterity, identity and sensoriality within the context of the nocturnal, especially those that deal with elements of the urban night. Meanwhile, participants in the residency will be aiming to produce original work that revolves around the same themes of alterity, identity and sensoriality, but specifically in the context of Tartu’s urban night.

To enrich participants’ experience, the VRN advocates for visual, sonic, experimental, multisensory and cross-disciplinary knowledge. The encounters that the residency and conference promise represent an opportunity for anthropologists, sensory research practitioners and artists to broaden their horizons toward new methodologies and sensibilities through a shared, collaborative learning experience. We welcome submissions from applicants for either or both the residency and conference.

For full information about the Residency & Conference, please visit the following address, and find the separate application forms for Residency and Conference a the bottom of the page:

Data limite
30 de abril

Tartu, Estónia

Data de realização
12 a 16 de junho (a residência), de 18 a 19 de junho (a conferência)

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