The Face Of(f) - X Graduate Conference in Culture Studies (X Graduate Conference in Culture Studies CFP)
Organization: The Lisbon Consortium
Event: X Graduate Conference in Culture Studies CFP
The X Lisbon Consortium Graduate Conference in Culture Studies will focus
on the concept of FACE as an object of artistic, cultural, biological and
technological interest. During a two-day Face off in Lisbon participants will be
able to confront their ideas about the subject, take part in intellectually
challenging discussions and networking with new colleagues.
FACE is everywhere. It has travelled through a variety of cultural expressions,
serving as an object of affection (e.g. photo albums, paintings), lending itself towards
obsession (e.g. Narcissus and Dorian Gray), serving as a metaphor (e.g. ‘to lose
one’s face’) or giving name to one of the most powerful enterprises in the world -
Facebook. It has been a locus of fetishization and power, represented through
historical portraiture in sculpture, paintings and photography, from Greta Garbo’s
divinity complexion in Queen Christina (Barthes 2007, 74) to the imperial portraits of
Majesties and Kings (Mirzoeff 2015). It is also through the face that humans engage
in recognition of both themselves as well as the other. The face operates as a
sensorial platform for communication and dialogue (Lévinas 1982) for verbal, non-
verbal and sign languages.
Faces may also be of a terrifying nature, dysmorphic traits serving as visage for
alterity and difference, prompting to a state of conflict and uncertainty through
confrontation, such as in the myth of Medusa or in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We
see the face invading our everyday lives, constantly exhibited on social media, as a
means of communicating with others, as well as negotiating our own identity online.
Digital technologies, in particular, have explored the face in a variety of contexts,
promoting, for instance, photo filters and face-tuning apps, or developing facial
recognition systems and databases.
FACE can also be understood from a perspective of absence or concealment,
leading us towards the usage of digital avatars, masks and veils, many of which are
sometimes paralleled with cultural and religious celebrations.
We aim to discuss the different epistemologies created around the concept of "face",
and bring together researchers from around the world for a face off on how face is
experienced and thought in their research areas. How does the face dictate how we
perform, how all of our five senses are present in the face, how does the face frame
one’s individuality, one’s identity traits or the way one thinks and makes meaning out
of the world? How does one bestow meaning to the face? Likewise, can its absence
become uncanny, and its invisibility connect to the unknown?
We want to encourage discussing the face, in the encounter at the X Graduate
Conference in Culture Studies taking place on the 2nd and 3rd of April 2020 at
Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon.
This Graduate Conference Face off is organized by three PhD students of the Lisbon
Consortium, the doctoral program in Culture Studies at the School of Human
Sciences,Universidade Católica Portuguesa. We are welcoming proposals from all
research areas to address and discuss the following and related topics:
* Face in the Arts.
* Face in Literature
* Face representation in Media and Communication
* Face as a Metaphor and Metonymy
* Aesthetics and dysmorphia of the Face
* On Masks, Veils and the absence of face - from the Ritual, through Religion to
* Face and identity
* Face of the Other
* Face in Performance, Performativity and Identity
* Face of AI and UFO
* Face and IT
* Face and Politics
* Biology and Emotionality of the Face
Proposals should be sent to email@example.com no later
than January 31st, 2020 and include paper title, abstract in English (max. 250 words),
name, email address, institutional affiliation and a brief bio (max. 100 words)
mentioning ongoing research.
We aim to make this conference a welcoming event that celebrates diversity. As an
attendee, you play a very important role in helping us to achieve this. For this we
request that you fill out your accessibility needs and other information in the following
Filling out the form is mandatory: https://forms.gle/g3gyqpNbUHuHx5mv9
€60,00 (this includes lunch, coffee breaks and conference materials).
For The Lisbon Consortium students and members of CECC, there is no registration
- Barthes, Roland. 2007. “The Face of Garbo.” In Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader,
edited by Sean Redmond and Su Holmes, 261-262. London: SAGE Publications.
- Le?vinas, Emmanuel. 1982. Ethics and Infinity. Duquesne University Press.
- Mirzoeff, Nicholas. 2015. How to See the World. UK: Pelican Books.
Ana Flora Machado