After the first International Virtual Mirrors Studies Conference (March, 2020), the Mirror Studies Project, with the support of the School of History from Capital Normal University in Beijing, is organizing an International Virtual Mirror Studies Conference (IVMSC) for 2021. The conference theme is Mirrors: an interdisciplinary approach. This is a conference especially for students (BA, MA, PhD) and early-stage researchers.

The main topic of this conference is mirrors and interdisciplinary approaches. Scholars and researchers from different academic backgrounds who have done research about mirrors from various perspectives are all welcome. Mirrors as objects have been important in numerous academic fields: arts (sculpture, pictures, photography), literature (Perseus and Medusa, fairy tales such as Snow White and Beauty and the Beast, the children’s book Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll), humanities (written sources about mirrors, folk tales about mirrors), science (Archimedes and his mirror during the siege of Syracuse, 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), psychology (mirroring, mirrors and soul, self-reflection), psychoanalysis (Lacan and the 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:

  1. a)             Mirrors as archaeological objects (types, uses, context, decorations, functions etc.)
  2. b)             Mirrors and geography (space, environment, mapping, GIS etc.)
  3. c)             Mirrors and humanities (history, ethnology, literature, anthropology etc.)
  4. d)             Mirrors and social sciences (sociology, international relations, psychology etc.)
  5. e)             Mirrors and sciences (physics, chemistry, metallurgy etc.)
  6. f)             Mirrors and art (sculptures, pictures, photography, movies, comics, contemporary art etc.)
  7. 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.

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

Authors can sign up independently or as co-author of a 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 abstracts with the main information about the conference schedule, contact and instructions for online attending.  Proceedings have the potential to be published, according to the papers delivered and interests of participants.

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