Appel de communications - Colloque « Multimodality : Illusion, Performance, Experience »

Appel de communication
Université de Montréal

Jean-Marc Larrue (CRILCQ, Université de Montréal) fait partie du comité scientifique pour le colloque Multimodality : Illusion, Performance, Experience, qui aura lieu au Danemark le 24 et 25 octobre 2019.

Le colloque est organisé par l'Université d'Aarhus, en collaboration avec le CRILCQ, Les Arts Trompeurs, B-Magic et EOS research network. Vous trouverez l'appel de communications (en anglais seulement) ci-dessous. La date limite pour soumettre une proposition est le 24 mai 2019.

Appel à communications

Multimodality: Illusion, Performance, Experience
October 24–25, 2019
Aarhus University, Denmark

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University, in association with
B-Magic, an EOS research network (Excellence of Science / FWO-FNRS, Belgium); Les Arts
Trompeurs, an international research network; and CRILCQ (Centre de recherche interuniversitaire
sur la littérature et la culture québécoises).

Keynote speaker: Gustav Kuhn, Reader in Psychology, (Goldsmiths, University of London),
president of the Science of Magic Association (SOMA) and member of the Magic Circle (M.M.C).

While perception is multimodal, researchers in most disciplines have studied it through a predominantly unimodal lens. Studies that examine visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory phenomena often do so in isolation from each other, neglecting the fact that our everyday environment stimulates multiple sensory modalities simultaneously. Researching multisensory experience requires different theoretical and empirical approaches acknowledging not just concurrent but integrated modalities. Recent trends in philosophy, cognitive science, psychology and media and performance studies indicate that researchers are starting to meet this challenge.

For researchers working in the arts, media, and technology, a better understanding of multimodality might further enrich the intermedial studies that have already risen to prominence in the past few decades. Media-archaeological and media-historical research indicates that multimodality has always been the practitioners’ working ground; artists, performers, educators, and even politicians seek to move and persuade spectators by appealing to multiple senses. These practices, too, have a long history, reaching back to nineteenth- and early-twentieth century debates in the fields of pedagogy, didactics, psychology, philosophy, and theories of theater and film, among others.

Multimodal effects are key to artistic and theatrical media, whether they stimulate a sense of wonder and astonishment or deploy other strategies of appealing to the senses, producing rational or motional responses for the purpose of learning, persuasion, dissemination of knowledge, and critical reflection. In the past decade, neuroscientists have for an example discovered the value in conjoining studies of perception and illusion, collaborating with magicians to uncover the perceptual mechanisms that make conjuring effects work. These types of studies, which reach across different historical periods and bridge disciplinary gaps between psychology, cognition, media, theater, and performance art, have helped illuminate longstanding puzzles concerning the nature of multimodal perception. Their implications have yet to be fully realized in a number of other disciplines, including musicology, literature, and the visual arts—fields in which researchers often attend to simultaneous sensory experiences, but less commonly examine cases of one sense modality altering perception in another.

Conference focus
This conference seeks to expand the methodological scope of current research on multimodal perception in a transdisciplinary and transhistorical perspective. We invite proposals that address the conference theme from various theoretical perspectives, such as perceptual psychology, cognitive science, anthropology, ethnography, and performance and media studies. Performance genres—often mediated by technology, as with stage magic, illusions, theater, the arts of projection, illustrated lectures, performance arts, film, and other media—offer rich opportunities for exploring multimodal sensory experience. Those that focus on the media archaeology of illusory performance genres, like the magic lantern or magic shows, are particularly welcome. Possible research topics include (but are not limited to) multimodal perception and the following:

  • Artworks (e.g., literature, film, visual arts)
  • Performative mediums and practices (e.g., dance, theater, opera, music, magic lantern performance)
  • New media (e.g., digital games, virtual reality)
  • Conjuring and theatrical magic
  • Synesthesia
  • Illusions of motion or proprioceptive movement
  • Attentional focus

We invite proposals for individual papers and themed panels. Papers will be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of discussion; themed panels will comprise three papers totaling 90 minutes.

Abstracts for individual papers should be no more than 300 words. Proposals for themed sessions
should include a 150-word abstract for each paper and a rationale (up to 300 words) for the session.

Please send abstracts and proposals to by May 24, 2019. The conference program will be announced in late June.

Scientific committee:
Marc Malmdorf Andersen (Aarhus University)
Jessie Fillerup (Aarhus University)
Jean-Marc Larrue (Université de Montréal)
Kurt Vanhoutte (University of Antwerp)



Publié le 5 avril 2019 par Audrey-Ann Gascon