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Call for Papers

DARKNESS

13-17 January 2019, Longyearbyen, Svalbard


This multidisciplinary conference explores cultural and environmental aspects of darkness.


Darkness is a recurring motif: as chaos and void in mythological narratives; as an aesthetic choice or driver of adaptation in architecture and design; as a marker of hidden activity on the dark web; as a source of dread, beauty, or awe in literature and film; as an ambiguously attractive quality in dark tourism; as an ideal threatened by light pollution; as a symbol of otherness in colonial encounters.


Darkness and the impossibility of visual orientation often connote danger, uncertainty, malice, even moral ruin. Indeed, darkness plays so central a role in our understanding of terror that it is deemed worthy of note when a horror film succeeds in terrifying us in the daylight (The Wicker Man (1973), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)). Both in the past and today, Western colonialism has addressed its own anxieties by projecting them onto the non-European “dark places of the earth,” as Conrad puts it in Heart of Darkness (1899).


Darkness can also be appealing. Tourists are drawn both to the illicit thrill of visiting sites of tragedy and violence and to the humbling majesty of the polar night. In a densely populated world, natural darkness is an increasingly rare experience, leading to the establishment of International Dark Sky Sanctuaries where the stars of the night sky remain visible.


How to make a presentation.

15-minute presentations are welcome on any aspects of darkness in culture and the environment. The deadline for abstracts was 30 June 2018. It is now too late to submit an abstract. The extended deadline for early registration is 15 August, and the final deadline registration 31 October.


If you have any questions, please e-mail convenor Anne Sofia Karhio (anne.karhio@nuigalway.ie).






© Heinrich Eggenfellner


About Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

Longyearbyen (population 2200) is the world’s northernmost town, the main settlement in the vast Svalbard archipelago. Although Svalbard is under Norwegian jurisdiction, this arctic outpost is so remote and its environment so harsh that it was first permanently inhabited in the early 20th century. Longyearbyen was founded as a coal mining town and hosts an arctic sciences university centre, yet life here today increasingly revolves around tourism: both during the summer, when the sun never sets, and in winter, when the sun never rises.

 

The polar night lasts from late October until mid-February. Delegates will have the opportunity to experience the northern lights (aurora borealis) and the deep darkness of the arctic wilderness.


About the conference.

Delegates will arrive in Longyearbyen on 13 January. On 14 and 17 January, delegates will take excursions out into Svalbard’s spectacular Arctic landscape and industrial heritage: 1) a trip into the polar night by dog sled and 2) a visit to one of Longyearbyen’s old coal mines. (The precise excursions are subject to weather.) Conference presentations by delegates will be held on 15-16 January at Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen. Registration covers five dinners and all conference activities.


Convenor: Anne Sofia Karhio








Full Conference

kr.5500.00

Accompanying Delegate

kr.4900.00

Single Room, 5 nights, 13-17 Jan.

kr.6000.00

Double Room, 5 nights, 13-17 Jan.

kr.7000.00

Single Room,1 night

kr.1250.00

Double Room, 1 night

kr.1450.00

Basic Conference

kr.2000.00

Single Room, 3 nights, 14-16 Jan.

kr.3600.00

Double Room, 3 nights, 14-16 Jan.

kr.3600.00

Registration

The extended deadline for early registration is 15 August, after which registration rates will rise by 500 Danish kroner. The final deadline registration is 31 October, but it is possible that some or all registration categories will sell out prior to this date.


Full Conference: Covers attendance at all conference events: 5 dinners (13-17 January), excursions on 14 and 17 January, and conference presentations on 15-16 January. Early registration fee: 5500 Danish kroner.

Accompanying Delegate: Equivalent to Full Conference activities. Covers attendance at 5 dinners (13-17 January) and excursions on 14 and 17 January. Does not cover conference presentations on 15-16 January. (Only open to non-presenting individuals accompanying another delegate.) Early registration fee: 4900 Danish kroner.

Basic Conference: Covers attendance at conference presentations on 15-16 January. Does not cover meals or excursions. Early registration fee: DKK 2000 kroner.


Accommodation.

We can offer special room rates (approx. 20% discount) at the conference venue, Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen. The special rates include breakfast and WiFi. We strongly recommend that delegates book their rooms directly through Island Dynamics. Accommodation must be booked by the 31 October 2018 at the latest.


We recommend that delegates for the Full Conference arrive on 13 January and depart on 18 January. We recommend that delegates for the Basic Conference arrive on 14 January and depart on 17 January. You can either book these room nights in particular or select an appropriate number of individual nights using the form to the right. (If selecting an appropriate number of single nights, please e-mail convenor Anne Sofia Karhio (anne.karhio@nuigalway.ie) with the precise nights of your stay.


If you have any questions regarding payment or are unable to pay the registration fee using PayPal, please write to info@islanddynamics.org.





Register for DARKNESS.

Prices are in Danish kroner: 10 kroner = approx. 1.3 euro.