Last updated March 7th, 2019
Call for abstracts closed
Submitted abstracts are now in the review process. Accepted papers should be announced during the first week of April.
POM Beirut proceedings
POM Beirut 2019 proceedings will be published at the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (eWic platform).
Call for abstracts update
POM Beirut 2019 Call for Abstracts is now extended. The new deadline is Friday, March 15th, 2019.
Call for abstracts
POM Beirut 2019 committee has reviewed all submitted topics and generated 11 tracks in total. the Call for Abstracts is now open.
Politics of the Machines | Beirut 2019 | Art/Conflict | 11-14 June 2019
Call for Participation
The call for participation falls in two steps:
First call – call for topics
deadline 30 November 2018
Call for topics, subthemes, and tracks of the conference from persons (individuals, institutions or teams). Call for expressions of interest in participation; chairing sessions, reviewing submissions, curating or volunteering their time to other conference work.
We are particularly interested in topics and expressions of interest that address research and ideas that are based on deep analysis / reflections/ perspectives concerning a wide range of art/conflict issues which take into consideration the general conference description and profile. We are also and particularly interested in perspectives, topics, and propositions that we did not (yet) consider.
Please note that we regard all proposals to be expressions of interest to act as reviewers in the second call review process, unless wishes to not review is explicitly requested.
Second call – call for abstracts
deadline 28 February 2019
extended deadline 15 March 2019
Based (mainly) on the proposals and people from the first call.
POM Beirut will comprise four days of conferences with multiple tracks of paper sessions, panels, workshops, exhibitions, and keynote speakers. The tracks will be generated based on a call for topics contextualized under the wide frame of Politics of the Machines, art/conflict. Each track will have several smaller thematic sessions for submission, each chaired by participants selected from the call for topics phase.
Through its suggested tracks, POM Beirut will be addressing subjects related to art practices in relation to conflicts and will be questioning several topics on the politics of the machines, and art production in the context of conflicts.
POM Beirut 2019 – art/conflict
The goal of this edition of POM will be to tackle art practices and the relation of art to the machine. In parallel, it will also focus on understanding the influence and relation between art and conflict. POM will tend to explore the connection between the violence of conflict and violence as a process in art production; the role of conflict in the sociopolitical environment and how it relates to the field of art, science, and technology.
POM Beirut will also try for a better understanding of the engagement and responsiveness of people and organizations to conflict, exploring how art may serve as a tool for resolution and for social inclusion; or as a counter-argument, a tool for conflict and/or violence. Conflict can also be understood as a contradicting force within an artwork, artistic methods or in a subject matter, it may also push for ethical questions or reveal conflict of interests.
Politics of The Machines – conference/series
The POM-conference addresses the politics of the machines and the inescapable technological structures, as well as infrastructures of artistic production in-between human and non-human agency with critical and constructive perspectives. Where and when do experimental and artistic practices work beyond the human: machine and human: non-human dualisms towards biological, hybrid, cybernetic, vibrant, uncanny, overly material, darkly ecological and critical machines? How are we to analyze and contextualize alternative and experimental ontologies and epistemologies of artistic practices beyond transparent dualisms and objectification? How are the relationality and operationality of machines being negotiated into cultural and social ontologies?
Host – the International University of Beirut
Located in the heart of Beirut, the International University campus consists of seven blocks distributed around Mousaitbeh region. In addition to its numerous number of students’ facilities, the campus includes state of the art labs, fully equipped conference rooms, auditoriums, studios, and recreation center.
BCS - The Chartered Institute of IT
POM Beirut 2019 proceedings will be published at the BCS British Computer Society - The Chartered Institute of IT (eWic platform).