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Conf/CfP - 'Difficult Heritage' and the Legacies of Empire, 4-6 April 2019, UK

Publish Date: Aug 27, 2018

Deadline: Oct 05, 2018

Event Dates: from Apr 04, 2019 12:00 to Apr 06, 2019 12:00



Call for Papers: 'Difficult Heritage' and the Legacies of Empire. Diversifying Engagement with Material Culture in Public Spaces and Museums

Sessions & Papers 4 – 6 April 2019 Brighton

The Association for Art History’s Annual Conference showcases current research and critical debate about art history and visual culture. It takes place over 3 days throughout the UK, bringing together current research and critical debate about art, art history and visual culture.

The Annual conference is an opportunity to keep up to date with emerging research, hear leading keynotes, broaden networks and exchange ideas. It attracts over 500 delegates, speakers and publishers each year. Members of the Association for Art History get reduced conference rates.


The (expanded) field provides […] for an organisation of work that is not dictated by the conditions of a particular medium. Rosalind Krauss, ‘Sculpture in the Expanded Field’, 1979.

The Association for Art History’s 2019 Annual Conference in Brighton will explore how art history and visual culture are manifest in the everyday, as well as in scholarly and curatorial life. What is art history and visual culture in an expanded field?

Our 2019 Annual conference will be based in the city centre campus of the University of Brighton. The conference itself will also expand physically into the city of Brighton, known for its eccentric urban landscape, including the 200-year old
Royal Pavilion, the Brighton Museum, the idiosyncratic shopping precincts, as well as Brighton Pier and beach.

The conference presents sessions that think in expanded ways about the materials of art history and visual culture, and the diverse sites and circumstances of its production and circulation. Some connect art histories with pressing topics in humanities, such as the role of migration and its legacies in global histories, and the relation between image and planet. Other sessions encourage reflections on how our activities as writers, educators and theorists enrich and stimulate our professional practices.

There will also be a fringe programme of parallel events, including talks, workshops, visits and performances, that will stimulate and enrich the discussions held in the academic panels and beyond. We hope that this conference will provoke and share encounters with art histories and visual cultures in new, diverse dimensions.

If you want to propose a paper

Please email your paper proposals direct to the session convenor(s). You need to provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any). Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because the title is what appears online, in social media and in the printed programme. You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 5 November 2018

2019 Annual Conference is being convened by a collective of contributors from the University of Brighton, the University of Sussex, and local partners.


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