November 10, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Colloquium on 1st February 2014, The Courtauld Institute of Art; CFP Deadline: 22nd November 2013.
This colloquium aims to question the assumption that medieval art was governed by categories and boundaries by highlighting the fluidity and flexibility that existed within art and architecture at the time. The colloquium will explore the issue of the creation and articulation of boundaries, and how art ventured to transgress visual, architectural, and cultural divisions. This can include conventions and their adaptations both within one specific medieval culture, such as Islamic or Byzantine, or in a wider, trans-regional context. Participants are invited to interpret boundaries in the wider sense of the word, encompassing geographical locations, artistic media, architectural spaces, or cultural traditions, and to examine their visual and spatial subversion. This theme can be expanded to include questions of in-betweenness and hybridity, where boundaries are kept intact or become blurred without being fully discarded.
November 10, 2013 § 1 Comment
Conference: April 12th, 2014, UCL; CFP Deadline: December 15th, 2013.
Historic iterations of abstraction in the visual arts have traditionally been associated with terms such as the non-representational, the non-figurative, and the immaterial, in opposition to a loosely defined concept of realism. In the post-war period, however, both realism and abstraction became unstable concepts, deployed to refer to a range of diverse practices, from Nouveau Réalisme to Art Informel to Abstract Expressionism. This conference invites papers that rethink the relation between realism and abstraction in the period between 1970 and the contemporary moment. Of particular concern are the impacts of two intersecting events: the advent of Neoliberalism and the dismantling of Modernism in art history.
‘Art in the Age of Real Abstraction’ seeks to investigate contemporary forms of abstraction through the analysis of different modes of representation, affectivity and performativity, drawing lines of continuity and addressing points of ambiguity between post-war abstraction and contemporary iterations. In recent critical discourse reification has been described as both a process of abstraction and as a figural process. On this view ‘Real Abstraction’ might be understood as the becoming-concrete of the abstract. As such ‘Real Abstraction’ calls for a rethinking of what the terms realism, figuration and abstraction might mean today.
November 10, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Conference at the School of Art History, University of St Andrews, June 14, 2014; CFP Deadline: Dec 31, 2013
Plenary Speaker: Dr Martin Gaier, University of Basel, Switzerland.
The conference seeks to present original ideas relating to the design and construction of churches in Catholic Europe between ca. 1500 and 1750. New religious demands, arising out of the Counter-Reformation, led to innovations in both the form and function of the interior space of churches. This conference will provide a forum for presentations on these changes, and for discussion among scholars engaged in similar research.
November 10, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, January 31 – February 1, 2014; CFP Deadline: Nov 29, 2013
Confirmed keynote speakers: Lars Bang Larsen, Pascal Gielen, Ane Hjort Guttu
Coinciding with the exhibition of the Palle Nielsen Archive at Tate Liverpool, this international two-day conference seeks to investigate the role of ‘play’, ‘fun’ and ‘games’ in the museological context. In 1968, Danish artist and activist Palle Nielsen conceived ‘The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society’ at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, which saw the entire museum transformed into a playground for children, complete with sound system, climbing structures, bouncy areas and spaces devoted to activities such as painting and costume-making. Although the children were unsupervised in ‘The Model’, they could be observed from outside via short-circuit television.
The Ludic Museum aims to shift contemporary museological discourse about play away from outreach and family-oriented education and closer to more fundamental questions of freedom, creativity, indeterminacy and participation. ‘The Model’ allowed children to appropriate the museum and, to a large extent, set their own rules of engagement with each other, their guardians and the institution. Precisely because it would be difficult to replicate in any major museum today, ‘The Model’ prompts us to take seriously the challenges that play poses to the physical and theoretical premises of the contemporary museum.
November 5, 2013 § Leave a Comment
ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 6-8, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and especially those that focus on this year’s theme of catastrophe and the apocalyptic. Selected papers related to the conference theme will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium). The keynote speaker is Professor Jaime Lara, Research Professor, ACMRS and HRC, Arizona State University (as of August 2013). Professor Lara’s research interests include art, architecture, liturgics, and anthropology. His studies have focused on early Christianity, the Spanish Middle Ages, medieval theater, and the colonial era of Latin America.
November 5, 2013 § Leave a Comment
VISTAS is an acronym for Virtual Images of Sculpture in Time And Space. VISTAS subsidizes the publication of new scholarly books on European sculpture of the late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods, 1250-1780. VISTAS combines the old and the new. Marrying the most innovative technology to the highest standard of traditional book publishing — all in support of new, sound scholarship. They will produce dual publications, one part in print, the other online. Each will supplement the other, rather than copy it.They are actively seeking original scholarship on European sculpture created between the years 1250-1780. For more information, including submission guidelines, please see the webpage at http://www.vistasonline.org.
November 5, 2013 § 1 Comment
The editors of the annual interdisciplinary journal, *Nineteenth Century Studies,* solicit submissions of cross-disciplinary essays, as well as comparative studies-that is, studies that cross national boundaries and/or range across the nineteenth century. Entering its twelfth year of publication, *Nineteenth Century Studies* publishes articles of interest to scholars of the nineteenth century in America, Britain and the British Empire, and Europe. Topics include, but are not limited to, literature, art history, history, music, and the history of science and the social sciences. « Read the rest of this entry »
October 31, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 16 November 2013, 10.30 – 17.15. Keynote Speaker: Dr Jeremy Howard (University of St Andrews).
Art and its histories have ‘complex entanglements’ with empire and imperialism, to borrow a phrase from theorist Nikos Papastergiadis. In collaboration with the Henry Moore Institute, New Voices investigates the intersections of art and decolonisation to ask what the specific implications of decolonisation are for art and art history. This symposium turns attention to the geo-political struggles, revolutions and cultural recalibrations that artists and art historians have championed, challenged and negotiated as imperialism and colonialism weakened their grip and took on new forms. « Read the rest of this entry »
August 19, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Edwardian Premonitions and Echoes, second annual conference of the Edwardian Culture Network; University of Liverpool on April 10-11 2014
History is not like a bus-line on which the vehicle changes all its passengers and crew whenever it gets to the point marking its terminus. Nevertheless, if there are dates which are more than conveniences for the purposes of periodisation, August 1914 is one of them.
Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Empire
At the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, how useful is it to think about the Edwardian era as ending decisively in 1914? Indeed, how helpful have conventional boundaries of periodisation been in our understanding of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century British culture? Rather than viewing ‘the Edwardian’ as a fixed and isolated historic moment, this conference seeks to open up new ways of thinking about the premonitions and echoes of the Edwardian age. Just as the 1880s and 1890s can be interpreted as ‘proto-Edwardian’, so too the Edwardians can be seen to have anticipated many issues and debates of the present day, from coalition governments to trade unions, immigration acts to women’s rights. We invite papers on any aspect of British culture, based on varied temporal definitions of the ‘Edwardian period’. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Proto-Edwardians: how far back can we trace the spirit of the Edwardian age? The Victorians? The Regency? Beyond?
- 21st Century Edwardians: to what extent have the social reforms, political activities and cultural developments of the Edwardian era shaped contemporary society?
- Between Two Wars: what is the relationship between war and the Edwardians? How significant is it that the Edwardian era is frequently perceived to have been bookended by the Boer War and the First World War?
- Old versus new: how helpful is Samuel Hynes’s observation that the Edwardian era was one in which ‘old and new ideas dwelt uneasily together’? Was the Edwardian period an unusually heterogeneous cultural moment?
- Uncanny Edwardians: how did the Edwardian preoccupation with séances, emergent psychological theories, and theological developments, influence their perception of themselves in terms of their historical moment?
‘Edwardian Premonitions and Echoes’ is the second annual conference of the ‘Edwardian Culture Network’. The two-day conference will be hosted by the University of Liverpool on April 10th-11th 2014. Please send 300 word abstracts to email@example.com by no later than Monday 2nd December 2013. For more about the conference and the Edwardian Culture Network, see www.edwardianculture.com
August 6, 2013 § Leave a Comment
The 40th Anniversary AAH Conference will be held at the Royal College of Art in London, 10 April – 12 April 2014.
AAH2014 will represent the richness and diversity of art historical debate across the broadest sweep of time and space.
Founded 175 years ago, the RCA is the UK’s only solely post-graduate university for the arts. The conference will unite the interests of art history with those of contemporary practice, as well as a wide diversity of visual and material culture, including art, architecture and design.
As it is in close collaboration with museums and galleries, most notably the V&A Museum, the RCA aims to offer a conference exploring ‘history in the making’ through engagement with practice, collections and exhibitions.
Call for Papers
Please click here to view or download a PDF of Session Listings and abstracts. These details will be listed on the AAH website shortly.
Deadline for paper proposals (to be submitted to the convenors): 11 November 2013 « Read the rest of this entry »