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CALL. 30.12.2020: IVMSC Mirrors: an interdisciplinary approach - (Online)


Mirror studies, a newly established project, organized by four students (archaeology, history, GIS, geography) from Capital Normal University in Beijing since 2019. Our aims are making a digital database about mirrors, archaeological artifacts, divided in several parts: a) GIS world map of sites and museums, b) digital collected historical sources, c) bibliography, d) main scholars. In future we will develop some digital models, apps and 3D.

Please feel free to share our CfP for your colleagues, students and young researchers. Conference is for students (BA, MA, PhD) and early stage researchers.




ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Chen Haotian ; Goran Đurđević ; Gemma Ryles ; Khuong Tran

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The main topic of this conference is mirrors and interdisciplinary approach. Scholars and researchers from different academic backgrounds have done research about mirrors from various perspectives are all welcome. Mirrors as objects have been important in the plenty of academic fields: arts (sculpture, pictures, photography), literature (Perseus and Medusa, fairy tales Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, children's book Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carrol), humanities (Archimedes and his mirror during siege of Syracuse, written sources about mirrors, folk tales about mirrors), science (physical tests of lightness and waves, chemical reports of texture and materials, metallurgical or glass analysis), social sciences (mirrors as social expression or tool used in rituals, religion festivals and funerals), political sciences (mirrors as gifts, political plans of sharing and spreading mirrors), sychology (mirroring, mirrors and soul, self-reflection), psychoanalysis (Lacan and mirror phase, Jung and symbolic mirrors, Freud and mirrors), philosophy (Foucault and heterotopia, Derrida and deconstruction, Wang Minan and mirrors), popular culture (movies, comics, journalism) and archaeology (mirrors within archaeological context).

Some of the suggested topics are:

a) Mirrors as archaeological objects (types, uses, context, decorations, functions


b) Mirrors and geography (space, environment, mapping, GIS etc.)

c) Mirrors and humanities (history, ethnology, literature, anthropology etc.)

d) Mirrors and social sciences (sociology, international relations, psychology etc.)

e) Mirrors and sciences (physics, chemistry, metallurgy etc.)

f) Mirrors and art (sculptures, pictures, photography, movies, comics, contemporary art etc.)

g) Mirrors and philosophy (ancient and contemporary thoughts and concepts about mirrors)

The working language is English. We urge authors to apply for this virtual conference. It is possible to sign up as an individual presenter or as a member of one session, each session is requested with a set of at least three presentations. Every session will have a chair and discussant who will be selected by organizers.

Date of the conference is the 5th of March 2021 (Friday) and abstracts according to the instructions and application for participation should be submitted by December 30 th 2020 on the following e-mail address:;; Acknowledgement of receipt shall be submitted before 10 th of January.

Authors can sign up independently or as co-author of the paper. The number of works by a single author is unlimited. Registration for the conference is online using the application form for registration. The conference will take place through suitable software for conferences on which any participants would be notified at the time.

Organizers will provide a Book of abstract with main information about conference schedule, contact and instructions for online attending.

Potential Proceedings will be published, according to delivered papers and interests of participants.

INSTRUCTIONS (for writing abstract)

NAME (capital letters, Times New Roman 12, bold; left- aligned, single spacing)

Name of the organization/institution, City (Times New Roman 12, left- aligned, single

spacing) (Times New Roman 12, left aligned, single spacing)

TITLE (capital letters, Times New Roman 12, bold, centre-aligned, single spacing)

SUBTITLE (capital letters, Times New Roman 12, centre-aligned if necessary, single


Abstract (Times New Roman 12, bold, upper case first letter, left-aligned) [single spacing, Times New Roman 12, left- aligned]

(Text: Times New Roman 12; indent 0 cm, space 0 cm; single spacing; page setup: size A4)

(Allowed number of lines of text abstract of a maximum of 15lines) Keywords (Times New Roman 12, bold, uppercase first letter; justified]: keyword 1, keyword 2, etc. [Times New Roman 12, italic, lower case letters; centred)

No more than five keywords. Expressions like "Capital Normal University" or "environmental history" are considered the keyword, and are not listed as abbreviations.

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