Congress: Association of Art Historians, Manchester Metropolitan University [United kingdom]

7 06 2008

This is a CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for a day-long panel entitled ‘Art History
and its Global Provinces’, to be held as part of ‘Intersections’, the
Association of Art Historians (AAH) 35th Annual Conference 2009.

To be selected and chaired by: Adele Tan, Courtauld Institute of Art,
University of London  and Leon Wainwright,
Lecturer in History of Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan

Initiatives to establish a more global understanding of art and its
histories have yet to suggest how the discipline might confront certain
of its more lasting paradigms of historical and geographical division
and difference. Dipesh Chakrabarty has noted that there is an underlying
supposition among historians of world history which ‘makes it possible
to identify certain elements in the present as “anachronistic”‘. This
panel will be an occasion to ask whether a related tendency informs the
production of art history, by reflecting upon the discipline’s abiding
attachment to the idea of reputedly ‘leading’ centres and ‘belated’
peripheries. We will ask in what variety of ways art history has
narrated histories of art according to spatio-temporal schemes that
order the world into ‘provinces’. How might we approach the intersecting
themes of provincialism and anachronism as a way of problematising and
refocusing the global imagination of art history? Could an understanding
of the global contexts of art history ever emerge without a provincial
baggage tag?

Seeking out responses to this challenge, we welcome descriptive as well
as prescriptive papers that explore the first-person experience of
writing art history; contributions that face the concrete challenges of
the extant field in terms of its provincialisms; papers that examine the
global hegemonies and ‘inclusionism’ of art history and its adjacent
spaces of art practice, curating and public remembrance with reference
to time as well as space; and papers that tackle psychoanalytical
questions about the difficulties of writing about the ‘provinces’. We
are especially interested in papers that seek to explain why the turn
toward diaspora, migration, exile and other postcolonial themes has
failed to deliver a fresh framework for thinking about art history in
any specifically global, or inter- or transnational way.

Deadline for proposals: 10th November. Please limit your proposal to
around 250 words, and be sure to include your name and institutional

The conference will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK,
on 2 – 4 April 2009. For further details please go to:

Dr Leon Wainwright
Lecturer in History of Art
School of History of Art & Design
Manchester Metropolitan University
Righton Building
Cavendish Street
M15 6BG

Telephone +44 (0)161 247 1939
Fax +44 (0)161 247 6897





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