In 2013, I was invited to serve on the General Steering Committee for the 2014 International Zizek Studies Conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

As the Artistic/Creative Research Chair, my responsibilities included the development of a new conference focus on the presentation of scholarly artistic activities engaging the contributions of Slavoj Zizek.

International Zizek Studies Conference, 2014

April 6th – 6th

University of Cincinnati
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP)

2624 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45221




Call for Creative Proposals

The International Zizek Studies Conference, the International Journal of Žižek Studies and University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) are pleased to invite submissions and participation for this year’s conference on Parallax Future(s) in Art and Design, Ideology, and Philosophy.” The conference theme calls us to examine aesthetic regimes and ideology (e.g., Ranciere, Mitchell), anti-philosophy in the postmodern world (e.g., Groys and Badiou), and ideology (e.g., Althusser, Eagleton, Zizek). How might one interpret a parallax gap/view in their respective fields using the work of Slavoj Zizek and connected discourses (e.g., Lacan, Dean, Freud, Copjec, Sloterdijk, Nancy, Dewey, Habermas, Ponty, etc.)?

This year’s conference seeks proposals for creative works and presentations emerging from the intersections of artistic practice and academic inquiry. Creative presentations should aim to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange between artistic practitioners, academic thinkers, researchers and knowledge creators. With this call for creative proposals, we hope to inspire future collaborative relations in pursuit of imaginative realities that will influence future thinking and artistic practice (“Parallax Future(s) in Art and Design, Ideology, and Philosophy”).

The conference is being hosted at DAAP, the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. The spacious, studio-based facility affords presenters with a range of possibilities to creatively re-envision the content and form of conference engagement. Proposals directly challenging and disrupting the traditional format and rhetorical experience of academic conferencing are encouraged.



  • Exhibition
  • Performance
  • Workshops
  • Interventions
  • Collective “Making” Sessions
  • Papers on Artistic Inquiry
  • Creative Presentation of Research Findings
  • Site-Specific Installations
  • Multi-media and Interactive Projects


The content of your presentation and proposed artistic works may creatively interpret or directly explore the conference theme, Zizek’s work or general topic areas:

  • Parallax Future(s) in Art and Design, Ideology, and Philosophy
  • Slavoj Zizek’s work
  • Experimental practices intentionally designed to interrogate the rhetorical form of academic conferencing
    (i.e. doing/practicing creative inquiry and research on-site)
  • General Topics: Aesthetics, Politics, Ecology, Sociology, Urbanity, Cultural Studies, Media and Film, Scientific Research, Philosophy, Critical Theory and Religion


Creative proposals will be subject to a peer-reviewed process conducted by a transdisciplinary team of scholars specializing in artistic inquiry and practices of creative scholarship. Members of the review panel represent the disciplines of philosophy, art, media, communication and cultural studies. During the review and selection process, you may be requested to provide additional information in order to clarify questions about the specific details of your proposed presentation, project or artwork.

Works selected for exhibition will be coordinated and installed in collaboration with a separate curatorial team responsible for working with selected presenters on behalf of the conference organizers.


During the conference, Slavoj Zizek will develop a selection of creative works (Zizek’s Desire) to be reviewed and published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Zizek Studies. Written reviews and publications of creative scholarship will be developed in collaboration with scholars presenting at the conference. If you work is selected for review and publication, written information (such as an artistic statement, dialogical exchange, interview, theoretical encounter, etc..) or co-authorship may be requested.


Hallie DeCatherine Jones, Indiana University: