[spectre] (fwd) CFP: Art in the Periphery (Lisboa, 14-16 Mar 19)

Andreas Broeckmann ab at mikro.in-berlin.de
Tue Aug 14 15:59:50 CEST 2018

From: Joana Cunha Leal <artintheperipheryconference at gmail.com>
Date: Jul 16, 2018
Subject: CFP: Art in the Periphery (Lisboa, 14-16 Mar 19)

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, March 14 - 16, 2019
Deadline: Oct 28, 2018

Art in the Periphery
International Conference

Art History Institute, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Institute for Contemporary History, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Scientific Committee
Alexandra Curvelo (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, IHA)
Barbara Pezzini (Editor, Visual Resources: an International Journal on 
Images and their Uses)
Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel (Ecole normale supérieure, Paris)
Joana Cunha Leal (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, IHA)
Mariana Pinto dos Santos (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, IHA)
Raquel Henriques da Silva (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, IHA)
Terry Smith (University of Pittsburgh and the European Graduate School)
Luis Trindade (Birkbeck College and Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, IHC)

Paying homage to the work of Foteini Vlachou (1975-2017), the Art 
History Institute and the Institute for Contemporary History of the 
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa now launch the call for papers for the Art 
in the Periphery International Conference.
The conference aims to discuss the concept of periphery while focusing 
on the geographic and thematic areas that have been neglected by 
traditional and/or canonical art history. It seeks to push the 
discussion towards the understanding of the periphery as plural, 
historical and changeable, focusing on the non-linearity of cultural 
processes and historical time, and the non-universality of the artistic 
As Vlachou wrote in 2015: "No longer understood to mean ‘secondary, 
derivative, dependent, passive’, the ‘periphery’ will be understood as a 
structure with distinct characteristics and priorities that might in 
turn undermine values espoused in artistic centres, such as authorship 
and originality. More importantly, the periphery will not be framed in 
exclusively geographical terms (as a region distinct from the center), 
but rather as situated at the margins of dominant art history. As such, 
it may refer to areas, periods or even materials that have been 
delegated a secondary position in the hierarchy of fine arts (the 
decorative arts can serve as a prime example of this process)".

We welcome contributions that explore either particular instances or 
longer-term historical developments in the visual arts, as well as 
contributions that conceptualize the centre-periphery debate in a 
broader scope, in relation to one or more of the following questions/topics:
- How selectively were the cultural models produced in the ‘centres’ 
adopted/adapted/transformed in the ‘peripheries’?
- What examples are there of specific instances and longer-term impacts 
on a ‘center’ of artists, images and artistic ideas originating in a 
- What examples are there of transferences between peripheries and what 
kind of impact do they have?
- What is a ‘periphery’ within a ‘centre’? What is a ‘centre’ within a 
- How do these relationships between centers and peripheries change over 
long historical periods, for example, across decades or even centuries?
- How do centre-periphery dynamics change after the formal end of 
colonization and the achievement of independence? How do they 
participate in processes of decolonization? Were the arts of any modern 
society ever fully free of the colonial experience, either as a center 
or a periphery?
- How operative is the dichotomy centre/periphery in the construction of 
historiographical narratives?
- What alternative narratives can convey how art was/is produced, 
displayed and consumed in the peripheries? - What should count as art 
outside the canon? - Many contemporary artists live in exile from their 
home cultures yet maintain a strong relationship to them through 
diasporic exchanges. Are these relationships changing centre-periphery 
theorizations of artistic practice?

We welcome proposals for 20-minute presentations in English, which 
should include:
-Title of the proposal
-Applicant’s identification (name, institutional affiliation, country 
and email)
-Abstract (up to 300 words)
-Short curriculum vitae (up to 200 words)

Proposals must be sent in Word (.doc format) by email to 
artintheperipheryconference at gmail.com

Important dates:
Deadline for abstract submission – October 28, 2018
Notification of acceptance of abstract – December 9, 2018
Deadline for registration – January 27, 2019
Conference – March 14-16, 2019

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Art in the Periphery (Lisboa, 14-16 Mar 19). In: ArtHist.net, Jul 
16, 2018. <https://arthist.net/archive/18722>.

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