CFP: Art and Design Culture at PCA 2017 in San Diego

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2016
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Historic Preservation, Popular Culture Studies, Urban Design and Planning

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
2017 National Conference
San Diego, CA- April 12th-15th

Art and Design Culture


Deadline for Submissions: October 1, 2016

The Art and Design Culture area encompasses the realms of the visual world as constructed by both visual artists and designers as they transact with both the popular and professional domains in which they work. This area asks the question that W.J.T. Mitchell poses as the title of his 2005 volume: “What do Pictures Want?” which interrogates “The Lives and Loves of Images, ” because, as Andre Agassi claimed in a Canon Camera commercial “Image is everything,” and as Gerhard Richter notes “Picturing things, taking a view, is what makes us human; art is making sense and giving shape to that sense.” (Mitchell 1, xv)

It is our hope that this area will serve as a forum for a theoretically informed approach to the visual at PCA/ACA. The area seeks to focus on the conscious exploration of the transaction between self-consciously created art and design and the popular, and on its interrogation of the needs and wants of the visual object as a cultural construct.

As the name suggests this area is larger than a consideration of works or art or design as discrete objects, and seeks to examine the networks of culture these objects are a part of. This reflects the influence on Material Culture Studies and Visual and Cultural Studies on Art and Design History. Engagement with the idea of design culture, as proposed by Guy Julier in The Culture of Design, opens up areas beyond the visual for examination: “design culture requires its observers to move beyond visual and material attributes to consider the multivarious and multilocational networks of its creation and manifestation.” It is our hope that this area will serve as a forum for sharing research that reaches out beyond the traditional bounds of art and design history to examine works of art and design in various contexts, from galleries and museums to the pages of magazines and living rooms, through various forms of sensory perception, and through the lenses of various methodological frameworks.

We are soliciting papers for the upcoming PCA/ACA conference next April in San diego that consider:

  • Art broadly defined: painting, sculpture, installation, sound, new media, etc..
  • Design broadly defined: interior decoration, graphic design, industrial design, digital design, etc…
  • Visuality
  • The division of the sensible
  • The meaning of looking and being looked at
  • Spectacle and surveillance
  • Networks of vision
  • Visual transcultures
  • Networks through which design and art are circulated
  • Theoretical issues related to art and design.
  • Spectacle
  • Identity
  • Cultural Hybridity or Syncretism

Please submit an abstract by October 1, 2016 of no more than 250 words of your proposed paper and a short 50-word bio with contact information at Instructions for logging in and submitting proposals appear on the home screen of the site. Instructions are available also here:

Contact Info: 

Victoria Pass
Assistant Professor of Art History
Salisbury University
1101 Camden Ave
Salisbury, MD 21801

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