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CFP: Call for Conference Papers (Retro-futuristic Visions: Looking Back to Look Forward. The 2nd International Academic Conference of UP Education (Australia and New Zealand))

Wellington, New Zealand
Organization: Yoobee College of Creative Innovation
Event: Retro-futuristic Visions: Looking Back to Look Forward. The 2nd International Academic Conference of UP Education (Australia and New Zealand)
Categories: Digital Humanities, Comparative, Popular Culture, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Aesthetics, Cultural Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2023-10-25 to 2023-10-27 Abstract Due: 2023-06-30

Retro-futuristic Visions: Looking Back to Look Forward. The 2nd International Academic Conference of UP Education (Australia and New Zealand)

Event Dates: 25 – 27 October 2023, Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 June 2023

UP Education brings together a group of accredited affiliated tertiary colleges across Australasia. This event, the 2nd international academic conference of UP Education, to be held on 25 – 27 October 2023, at the Wellington campus of Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, New Zealand, endeavours to showcase and promote the scholarly interests, academic research fields, and vocational training disciplines, supported by our Australian and New Zealand institutions. Our aim is to gather and unite our wider collegiate, and to extend our invitation to potential delegates outside our association, who share in a pursuit of knowledge that contributes to discourses which shape our cultures and societies.

Keynote Speaker

Our invited guest keynote speaker is Isobel Te Aho-White (Ng?i Tahu, Ng?ti Kahungungu ki te Wairoa), a celebrated artist, muralist, and award-winning book illustrator, based in P?neke Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand: https://www.instagram.com/izzyjoyart/

Call for Papers

This year, our theme is Retro-futuristic Visions: Looking Back to Look Forward. How can we learn from the past in order to see the future? We are especially interested in intertextual research that investigates the boundaries and paradoxes of advancements in technologies and creative philosophies while viewing innovations through a nostalgic lens.

We welcome proposals from academics, educators, practitioners, professionals, and independent scholars, with an interest in our disciplinary subject areas, and research that pertains to this year’s theme, to present at our blended event, to be held onsite at Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, Wellington campus, New Zealand, and by online conference.


Please submit your abstract proposal applications by email to the conference convenor, Dr. Kathryn Hardy Bernal, Head of Research & Postgraduate Studies, Yoobee College of Creative Innovation by 30 June 2023: kathryn.hardybernal@yoobeecolleges.com

Please include:

·       Your full name and nominated disciplinary subject area/s (see below for categories)

·       Name of your institution (or independent researcher)

·       Title of your proposal

·       Abstract of 250 – 350 words (min. 200 words – max. 400 words)

·       Brief biography of 150 words (min. 100 words – max. 200 words)

All proposals will be blind-peer-reviewed.

Subject Areas

Animation, Anime, Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga

Architecture, Interior Design, Set Design, Spatial Design, Built Environment

Beauty, Cosmetic Artistry, Styling, SFX

Costume, Cosplay, Fashion, Subculture

Computer Sciences, Software Engineering, Information Technology

Culinary Arts, Food Studies

Culture Studies, Globalisation, Indigeneity

Dance, Performance Arts, Theatre

Education, Teaching and Learning

Film Studies, Streaming, Television, Music, Video

Fitness, Health, Sport, Wellbeing

Gaming, Games, Toys

Gender, Identity, Neurodiversity

Graphic and Communication Design

Historical Studies

Hospitality, Hotel Management, Travel, Tourism

Literature, Creative Writing, Fiction, Storytelling, Screenplay

Mixed Reality, New Realities, AR/VR

Photography, Cinematography, Stop Motion

Social Networking Platforms

Visual Arts, Visual and Material Culture, Installation

Web Design, UX/UI


Event Information to Follow


Convenor and Conference Organiser, Dr. Kathryn Hardy Bernal: kathryn.hardybernal@yoobeecolleges.com

Campus Manager and Event Organiser, Mads Nielson: mads.nielson@yoobeecolleges.com





Dr. Kathryn Hardy Bernal