Call for Papers: “Siblings”

A conference at Manchester Art Gallery, 23 March 2013

The event examines the implications of Juliet Mitchell’s psychoanalytical theories of “Siblings” for artistic and critical discourses, and poses the question ‘how can a theory of siblings open up visual culture and the Manchester Art Gallery collections?’

A call for proposals from PGR students: 10min responses to areas of the Manchester Art Gallery collection with regard to any aspect of “siblings” (proposals can take the form of an academic or creatively written response and is open to all subject areas in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.)

Contributors include:

Juliet Mitchell, UCL

Mignon Nixon, Courtauld

Catherine Grant, Goldsmiths

Carol Mavor, The University of Manchester

Jonny Briggs, Artist; New Sensations Winner, The Saatchi Gallery and C4 2011

Suggested topics:

– Sisters, brothers {Sisterhood// Brotherhood}

– Fairytales

– Literature

– Twins

– Familial narratives

– Psychoanalysis/ Anthropology/ Sociology

– Seriality and repetition

– Reproduction

– Doubling

– Photography; miniature painting; embroidery and textiles; doll houses

– Clothing, tokens, ephemera

– Sibling narratives

– Mourning and death; birth

– Sexuality & violence

Please see the accompanying list of Gallery art works which may offer the basis for a 10 minute response.

Please send a 200 word abstract, name and department info to by 22 February.

Call for Proposals, Siblings

list of works MAG

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