Call for Papers & Participation



Projected Date of Notification of Acceptance:February 23, 2014

Join us for complex conversations around the theme Location. Lectures, workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, keynote presentations, and more will create a vibration in Dubai sure to be felt around the globe.

Please submit your proposals for the ISEA2014 Dubai under the theme of Location. There will also be several artists in residency opportunities available that will provide international artists an immersive creative experience in the United Arab Emirates.

Please note that graduate students are eligible to participate in the regular call for submissions. Undergraduate students can visit the “Call for Undergraduate Students” area for more information on submissions that will be accepted. 

Visit the main ISEA2014 theme and subtheme page for information to consider while developing your proposal.

• Submit a 300 word abstract proposal, along with other requirements.
• Deadline for submissions: submissions are now closed
• Projected Date of Notification of Acceptance: February 23, 2014
• Please see the open call form or download the complete Call for Papers & Participation at the link at the bottom of this page.
• Please submit your proposal online 
• Below you will find the formats for participation in ISEA2014.  
• Please check the website for any additions to program submission or subthemes 

For questions please contact:  ISEA2014 Committee: 

Please take the sub-themes into consideration and feel free to think beyond them under the overarching theme of Location.

ISEA2014 cannot provide financial assistance, but will do all in their power to assist the selected participants.

The series of ISEA symposia is coordinated by ISEA International. Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International (formerly Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) is an international non-profit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and technology.

ISEA International Headquarters is supported by the University of Brighton (UK)



1. Presentations of Institutes and Organizations

Proposals should describe the work done by the institute or organization, for example the way the presentation is to be given and by whom. A brief description outlining the activities and mission of the institute or organization should be included. The proposals will only be judged on their relevance within the context of electronic or emerging art. The presentation must have a maximum length of 10 minutes.

Please note Institutional Presenters are not eligible for any fee waiving.

2. Site Responsive & Specific/Unique Sessions

Dubai is a diverse city with a wide range of interesting sites that could be used for presentations and sessions outside of the conference venues. ISEA2014 will confirm specific sites for use by June 2014 for your consideration, but other locations can be proposed and examined. Site examples include abras, parks, desert dunes, creekside, malls, the beach, and more. Please propose your concept and the ISEA2014 committee will work with you to locate an appropriate site.

3. Roundtables

Please propose an idea to begin a conversation for a roundtable discussion. These are opportunities for the participants to get together in an informal setting and examine critical issues within their disciplines. There is no formal agenda, however a topic will be assigned as a starting point and the session will be lead by a “facilitator.” We will accept ideas for full session topics. If your idea is chosen you will act as the facilitator for this session. ISEA2014 will provide facilitators with guidelines to assist in the process.

4. Tutorials, Workshops and Institutional Presentations

These sessions are best suited for teaching or demonstrating particular procedures, skills, or techniques. Session content may include: hands-on demonstrations, presentations of a technology or technique, or an extended dialogue with participants. Workshops will be structured to provide ample time for interaction, participation, and involvement. Workshop conveners should submit a formal description of the proposed workshop along with a list of required resources.

Other than workshops, institutions may wish to consider presenting displays on their latest products, applications, and/or research.

5. Panels

Panel discussion proposals are to be submitted by the participant panel chair. Panel sessions as determined by the panel chair in their proposal, should include 3-6 presenting participants. Panel sessions should be proposed on a shared theme (the abstract) and with all participants pre-selected by the panel chair. The format for presentation is entirely up to the organizing panel chair. 

Please submit your abstract for consideration by the ISEA2014 committee for a presentation within a panel discussion. The committee will place individuals in panel discussion by themes submitted.

6. Peer Reviewed Paper Sessions

These sessions are best suited for scholarly work and reports on current or completed research. Authors present summaries or overviews of their work, describing the essential features (related to purpose, procedures, outcomes, or product). Presentations will be grouped according to topic or perspective, with time provided after all of the presentations for Q&A and group discussion between Authors and other paper session attendees. Presenters are welcome, and highly encouraged, to include any visual support to assist delivery of their oral presentation.

Individual abstracts will be accepted. Authors who would like to chair a session related to the theme of their research will also be considered.

7. Location Extrapolation

The ISEA2014 Dubai symposium is extremely excited to connect to cities, towns, villages, classrooms, labs, apartments, and other locations that cannot be transported physically to the United Arab Emirates. With the theme “location,” the planning committee is looking at bridging as many places as possible. Various collaborations that lead-up to ISEA2014, throughout, and following the event will be considered. The technical format and platforms used to carry out these sessions need to be easily available and robust enough to function in the symposium settings. However—other than live video streaming—recorded, texting, tweeting, classroom interactions, and other suggestions can be considered.

8. Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights will be an evening of campfire dialogues and projection in the desert. Presentations will be projected while presenters take their turn with a short dialogue/verbal presentation. Think of this session as a panel discussion under the stars with the addition of an outdoor projection. Transportation will be provided to and from the site.

9. PechaKucha Night

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, including Dubai.

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. During ISEA2014, symposium partners will be hosting two PechaKucha events (one for students and one for professionals). Please submit three lo-res images of your work to be presented as support material.

10. Poster Island

Abstracts can be submitted for Poster Island during ISEA2014. This will include both physical and online posters that present your original research. The posters could include text, graphics, and animations (for online PDF’s). Please consider the difference of audience within physical, public spaces (university conference setting) versus online space.

Please design the printed poster no larger than 3 feet width x 6 feet height (90cm x 180cm). They must include the title of the research, the presenter’s name(s) along with the necessary explanatory content. Online posters must be provided in PDF format.


For information on the ISEA2014 Academic Committee and selection process, or for general information about ISEA2014, please contact us at

Download sample of Submission Document  Call for Papers_Participation Form.