“Dislocation, Disjuncture, Dispute” (Art History Graduate Student Symposium Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Call for Papers
February 15, 2016
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, World History / Studies

"Dislocation, Disjuncture, Dispute" Art History Graduate Student Symposium
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ
Teleconference Lecture Hall, Alexander Library
Friday, April 1, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Monica Dominguez Torres, Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art focusing on the Hispanic World, University of

Given the relevance of displacement to contemporary global experience, the 2016 Rutgers Art History Graduate Student Symposium will investigate the
role of dislocation, disjuncture, and dispute in visual art and culture. We invite abstracts that address these problems as broadly related to shifts within conditions of artistic production, analysis, and reception, as well as those that look critically at disruption stemming from cross-cultural encounters, migration, and diaspora.

Departing from the exhausted emphasis on trauma as the key concept in understanding conflict, we seek inventive approaches to the shaping of visual art and culture by strife and contention, attending to the historical specificity of given situations. What are the commonalities in these responses, and do they form an aesthetic of dislocation, disjuncture, and dispute? How can the impact of forced movement in space, or dislocation, upon art objects be related to the impact of dislocation upon art-makers? How can disjuncture, or pervasive disconnectedness, serve as a creative, as well as a destructive, force within the history of art and its ideas? How can fractious disagreements over art and its ideas be understood as constants, rather than interruptions, within the history of art? What is the relationship between socio-political conflict and ideological conflicts in art history? Abstracts are welcome from all historical periods, geographical areas, and cultural, theoretical, or methodological perspectives. Submissions within the fields of art and architectural history, archaeology, and visual and material culture will be considered for 20-minute presentations.

Possible topics and issues include, but are not limited to:

- The response of art and visual culture to war, conquest, and socio-political upheaval

- Artistic production in the face of removal or erasure

- Artist's writings, manifestos, performances, and interventions as forms of dissent

- The art object as provocateur, or agent of discord and dispute

- Iconoclasm, defacement, and censorship, state-sponsored and otherwise

- The distortion or disruption of visual codes and artistic meaning through conflict

- Forms of viewership responding to or creating dislocation, disjuncture, and dispute

- The theft and re-contextualization of art objects engendered by political turmoil

- The artistic production of diasporic, exiled, or forcibly displaced communities

- Clashes between artists, collectors, critics, and art historians

- Discord, dissonance, brutality, and disintegration as aesthetic imperatives and ideals

- The creation of bounded art historical categories or schools viewed as dislocation

- Art-making as a process of rupture, destruction, or violence

Please send your abstract (maximum of 300 words) and a current CV to rutgersarthistory@gmail.com by February 15, 2016. Our symposium will take
place on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Teleconference Lecture Hall, Alexander Library, at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by the end of February 2016.

Contact Info: 

The Art History Graduate Student Organization of Rutgers University