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>CFP. Transdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference „Terminator – The 
>potential of the End. Coping strategies and destruction as creative 
>processes“, University of the Arts Berne/ Switzerland
>(05/02/2005; 07/09-10/2005)
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>We encourage the submission of  proposals for the Graduate Student 
>Conference „Terminator – The potential of the End. Coping strategies 
>and destruction as creative processes“ hosted by the Department of 
>Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Bern, July 09-10, 2005.
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>Issue:
>The conference’s goal is to investigate the creative power of  terms 
>such as „destruction“ and „coping strategies“. The conference’s 
>titel „terminator“ refers metaphorically to the actionmovie-trilogy 
>from Hollywood.  Good and  Evil are confronted in an artistic 
>context, where  human intelligence is trying to avoid the apocalypse 
>and the decline of mankind. The Terminator-figure, which, in 
>contrast to the mortal human, represents the reification of human 
>intelligence in form of an immortal machine, symbolizes salvation. 
>However, the salvator has to commit suicide, in order to hinder the 
>future into being „what it was before.“
>Conflicts, challenges and destructive threats are the basic parts of 
>narrative plots, literally beginning from Genesis to the Apocalypse 
>in the Bible over demands of the intellectual avantgardes of 
>modernism to the pop-culture of the 21st century.
>Artists and scientists have in recents times been especially 
>confronted with and negotiated the phenomia of destruction, its 
>origins and consequences. This raises the question about what 
>reconstruction and creation mean to us.
>Catastrophies give reason to reflect the past and to develop new 
>coping strategies and solutions.
>New discoveries and theories may destroy common views of the world 
>and create different ones.  Political and scientific revolutions 
>have a mostly destructive  impact on social systems, the fear of 
>apocalypse or promised redemption and apocatastasis become questions 
>of belief. All these existential problems and challenges have to be 
>coped with. The postulation of the New is linked with the 
>destruction of the „Old“. Each „End“ always means a new beginning or 
>– with a certain philosophical cynism, so to speak – „after the orgy 
>there comes the next one.“
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>How can destruction be defined? Where does it start, where does it 
>end? Who are the modern Barbarians? What causes destruction and who 
>decides what is to be destroyed? How may we deal and cope with 
>catastrophic events? Can and would it be possible to avoid 
>destruction? Can destruction be instrumentalized in a productive way?
>Which disciplines are concerned with destruction? Which role does 
>destruction play in the arts and sciences? Which destructive 
>processes have to be beared in the pursuit of a goal? Does 
>destruction cause the „NEW“?
>What do limits mean with respect to destruction? How do we  bear 
>down obstacles? Why is the evil so fascinating? Is destruction now 
>regarded seriously, neutrally, ironically or  does it get „totally 
>aethetizised“ – like September 11th -  by some culture interprets?
>This conference aims to find significant contributions to these and 
>similar questions and to explore their context.
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>Notes on application:
>This is an explicitely transdisciplinary conference which reaches 
>out to collect scientific and artistic positions from all fields of 
>research and production. Not only artistic fields like visual arts, 
>drama, music or literature are encouraged to take part, but also 
>cultural studies, medicine, sport, natural-sciences, technical 
>engineering etc.
>We invite graduate students from all fields and faculties to submit 
>proposals presenting their ideas according to the theme.
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>The primary languages of the conference are German and English. 
>Presentations should not extend 30 minutes, each of them followed by 
>a 10 min. discussion with the audience.
>
>Please send an abstract of 250-400 words in either German or English 
>as MS-Word attachment .
>On a separate cover sheet please list the proposed paper’s title, 
>author’s name, affiliation and e-mail address. Please indicate 
>whether you will require technological support.
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>Submission Deadline for proposals is:  May, 2nd, 2005   - 
>Applicants will be notified of the commitee’s decision  by the 
>middle of May.
>
>No registration fees are required,  each lecture will be supported 
>by CHF 150,- .
>Accomodation will be provided (upon choice with HKB Students).
>Please pay attention to future CFP updates that  announce the 
>keynote speakers as well as the URL of the conference website. For 
>further information see: www. hkb.bfh.ch
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>Executive organizer: Sebastian  Baden; [log in to unmask]
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>Hochschule der Künste Bern
>c/o Sebastian Baden
>Fachbereich Kunst
>Fellerstr. 11
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>CH – 3027 Bern
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