DARE is a series of international conferences held over three days during December every two years (odd-numbered) in Ghent, Belgium at the Orpheus Institute and other venues. The conference uses a two-stage review process that begins with the publication of a Call for Proposals in June of the year preceding the conference. The first stage requires the submission of a short proposal that is then peer-reviewed by the reviewing committee. The selected applicants are invited to submit full papers or for different formats of presentation extended proposals to be blind peer-reviewed. Blind peer review means that the reviewers can see the authors’ names, but the authors are not told the reviewers’ names.
The website dedicated to the forthcoming DARE conference gives you all the information you need to participate, including the Call for Proposals, submissions and registrations, addresses and important dates, the programme and the latest news about the conference. However, this overview of the conference18-months schedule may help you plan your submission:
- Call for Proposals: June of the year preceding the conference
- Deadline for Submission of Proposals: beginning of Autumn Term
- Notification Date for acceptance: end of Autumn Term
- Deadline for Submission of Papers: end of Spring Term preceding the conference
- Notification Date for peer-review results: beginning of Autumn Term
- Closing Date for “early bird” registrations: one month before the conference
- Closing Date for all registrations: one week before the conference
- Conference: December (odd-years)
In the following sections you will find a guide to submitting a proposal to DARE, submitting your final paper or artist statement and presenting at the conference. If you are planning to attend the conference as a member of the public, you only need to register before the Closing Date for registrations. Visit the website of the forthcoming conference to learn more on registering to attend.
first stage: submission of proposals
Choosing a Format
The conference welcomes proposals by artists, artist-researchers and scholars and promotes inclusiveness across different academic and non-academic backgrounds, and equivalence across practices and disciplines. To implement these principles, DARE offers a wide and flexible range of presentation formats:
- A discussion panel, a collaborative presentation or workshop involving the conference public. Variable time
- A live music performance. Variable time
- An artist talk or informal presentation typically relating to work that is exhibited, screened, reproduced or performed at the conference. Max. 30 min
- from afar. A presentation delivered using a video conferencing service (subject to prior agreement)
- Music or sound reproduced on a listening station. Ongoing during the conference.
- on paper. A standard conference paper with/out audio-visual support. 20 min + 10 min Q&A
- on screen. A film or video screening, or a digital artwork accessible from a computer station. Ongoing during the conference.
- on view. An exhibition of artworks, objects or posters. Ongoing during the conference
- A lecture-performance or performance. Variable time
The search category ‘formats’ in the DARE archive offers examples for each format that may help you choose the best fit for your presentation. If you cannot find a suitable format, briefly suggest how an available format needs modifying or whether new format should be introduced.
Preparing Your Proposal
The key element of a proposal is the abstract or artist statement. There is no division or hierarchy set between the two types of text. The decision of using one or the other or a combination depends on the author and which type of text is more effective for the chosen format of presentation. However, besides the usual guidelines for writing abstracts and artist statements one may follow, the text should address the following questions, as these are main criteria by which the proposal will be assessed:
- is your presentation about the conference topic?
- is Deleuze and his world integral to your presentation?
- is your presentation relevant for artistic research or art practice?
All proposals must include the following:
- the title of the presentation
- for each author of the presentation, in alphabetical order by surname:
- full name
- affiliation or professional denomination, city, country
- contact email address (for internal use)
- compact description of the presentation
- chosen presentation format
- abstract or artist statement (300 – 500 words written in English)
- 5 keywords
- bibliography of the key sources underpinning your presentation, preferably in Chicago Style (optional)
- list of images, music pieces, videos, etc. with caption and a link to the exact URL of the file on a file hosting service, sharing platform, repository or website (optional). Please, do not insert images in the document or attach other files when you send it.
- For each author of the proposal:
- bio or personal statement (150 words written in English)
- short list of publications, exhibitions, performances (optional)
- publishable email address (optional)
- link to website (optional)
For further guidance in writing your proposal and ensure that a consistent format is followed, all proposals should be written using this template:
Template for proposals (DOC, 45 KB)
Sending Your Proposal
Save your proposal as DOC (no PDF), name it using your last name (first author) followed by ‘PROPOSAL’ (for example, Deleuze_PROPOSAL.doc) and email the document as attachment to: email@example.com
All submissions will be acknowledged by email at the reply-to address. On the conference website, you may find the Deadline for Submission of Proposals together with the latest updates.
Results of the First Review
After the expiry of the deadline, a committee will review all the proposals received. The single-blind review is carried out by at least two reviewers and has three possible outcomes:
- accepted to the second review stage
- not accepted
- placed on a reserve list
Results will be notified by email at the same reply-to address of the submission. The notification email will also ask you to confirm that you intend to proceed to the second stage and submit a paper. Unless expressly requested, the reviewers’ comments will only be sent to accepted authors. On the conference website, you may find the Notification Date, the Reply-By Date for your confirmation together with the latest updates.
If you have questions regarding any aspect of your proposal email: editorial [AT] dareconferences.org
second stage: submission of papers
Preparing Your Paper
Authors who submitted a proposal in the ‘on paper’ format, should send:
- the full conference paper (max. 3000 words)
- a revised abstract and keywords list closely reflecting the actual content of their paper
Authors who submitted in all other formats, should send
- a short paper (max. 1500 words) or revised artist statement closely reflecting the work they intend to present at the conference
- the detailed technical rider of their exhibition, performance, listening or screening
- all files required for the presentation (video, audio, musical scores, etc.) As before, use a link to the file on a file hosting service, sharing platform or website. Please, do not insert images in the document or attach other files when you send it.
For further guidance in writing your paper and ensure that a consistent format is followed, all papers should be written using this template:
Template for papers (DOC, 47 KB)
The template follows the Orpheus Institute Style Guide (2014) that you can download for detailed information:
Orpheus Institute Style Guide (PDF, 597 KB)
In turn, Orpheus Institute House Style is based on the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition. For quick reference, you may consult the free online guide of the Chicago Manual of Style Online (Citation Quick Guide).
Sending Your Paper
Save your paper as DOC (no PDF), name it with your last name (first author) followed by ‘PAPER’ (for example, Deleuze_PAPER.doc) and email the document as attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions will be acknowledged by email at the reply-to address. On the conference website, you may find the Deadline for Submission of Papers and the latest updates.
Results of the Second Review
In addition to the usual aims and scope of academic peer-review, DARE second review stage has two further objectives:
- to compose papers into a plateau in which the group discussion can be the most engaging and productive for all participants
- to identify papers suitable for publication after the conference
A reviewer’s report will be sent to all authors with requests for revisions, recommendations and comments. Authors do not need to send a revised paper unless requested to do so. On the conference website, you may find the Notification Date, the Reply-By Date for revisions and the latest updates.
Before the Conference
The collected papers of each plateau are emailed to each of its participants. In a spirit of collegiality, DARE expects the authors to read each other’s papers and prepare their contribution to the discussion.
If you have questions regarding any aspect of your paper, email: editorial [AT] dareconferences.org