2018  Mid-America College Art Association Conference AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA - LINCOLN


OCTOBER 4 - 6, 2018


Techne Expanding

New  / Tensions
New /  Terrains

New /  Tools


Techne Expanding: Tensions, Terrains and Tools, the 2018 Mid-America College Art Association Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will explore wide-ranging interpretations of technology and its use and impact on the teaching, making, and performing art as well as the broader human experience. Recognizing that technology has art and craft at its root (techne) and isn’t limited just to bigger, better, or faster tools and products, we will examine how we embrace or resist technology, how we celebrate or critique it, and consider its promise as well as its limits.


Call for Proposals Extended!


We are interested in the impact of technology on issues of privacy, gender, identity and the environment, its use in the teaching of art, its pervasiveness or invisibility, and how it affects ourselves, our bodies, our stories and our tools. Topics could include examinations of how technology affects our senses and our perceptions, its effects on storytelling and narrative, the potential and the limits of artificial intelligence, the relationship of technologies to hand labor and traditional tools and its use in collaborating as well as resisting or taking social action. We invite the consideration of any aspect of technology's promise, potential or pitfalls.


We hope for a broad, vibrant and thought-provoking look at technology. We hope to include designers, animators, game designers, and those working with virtual reality or computational, data-based work. We welcome and expect to have exhibitions and performances at multiple venues.


In addition, we are interested in proposals for workshops to be held on October 3, 2018, the day preceding the symposium.

Educators, Artists, Makers, Performers, Designers, and Scholars across the full spectrum of disciplines are invited to share their expertise and perspectives in the form of presentations, panels, and performances. We welcome proposals by individuals and groups and invite proposals for linked activities or streams.


To propose a paper, panel, session, workshop, or performance, please send a title, proposed length in minutes of presentation and an abstract of no longer than 250 words to MACAA18@unl.edu. All proposals must be received by February 17, 2018.


Proposals should be sent by email to MACAA18@unl.edu by February 17, 2018.


Reserve your room for the conference at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lincoln.


Inquiries: Sandra Williams, Associate Professor and Conference Chair, swilliams2@unl.edu


New! Call for Entries: MACAA at The Cube

The Cube is a massive outdoor public video screen in Lincoln, NE that hosts video exhibitions and events. The Cube will host a Cube Art Project screening May 2018 - May 2019 AND a special exhibition screening on Oct 4, 2018  for the 2018 Mid-America College Art Association Conference, "Techne Expanding." Entry deadline is April 1, 2018. Enter both competitions at once here.