Protest Art in the New Autocracy

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The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DT

20 to 21 June 2019

This conference aims to showcase the diverse forms of contemporary protest art that have emerged around the world over the last few years in a single interdisciplinary forum. The potential of art to serve as a tool for protest will be closely considered, especially the ability of digital media to reach new audiences and galvanise this unquenchable global discontent. While art and protest has long been an area of interest for scholars, the full extent of the role visual images have played more recently in this climate of unrest has yet to be explored.The conference presents a rare opportunity for established and emerging scholars, artists, and museum directors and curators to forge a multidisciplinary dialogue on these challenges and questions. It will highlight protest as a central concern in various academic and professional spheres through a rich set of papers addressing a variety of media (digital art, comics and graphic novels, installation, performance, cinema, social media, sculpture, textile art, and painting), issues (such as gender, ecology, activism, strategy, climate change, political structures), creative spaces (gallery, street, digital, and print), and national contexts (including the US and UK, Russia, Eastern Europe, and China).

Convened by Nicola Kozicharow (University of Cambridge).

Fees are £40 (full fee) or £20 (student / unwaged) and are inclusive of lunches and refreshments. One-day registration is also available.

Please see the programme and more information here:

Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES), the University of Cambridge's Department of History of Art, and the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC).

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