Difficult Conversations: Collaborative art practices across political divides

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Call for Papers
May 12, 2018 to June 12, 2018
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Fine Arts, Humanities, Anthropology, Political Science, Popular Culture Studies
Difficult Conversations: Collaborative art practices across political divides

Editor: Alla Myzelev, State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo, myzelev@geneseo.edu


Activist art is one of the most visible artistic outputs of the early 21st century.  Political and Activist art often crosses national boundaries and allows artists both professional and amateur to participate in the important political and artistic discussions. This volume hopes to continue conversations on how both academics and artists could help to create bridges of understanding in the most contested geographical areas.

Responding to the current trend in contemporary art, craft and design towards political and social activism and raising awareness of the great conflict in our society, we are asking for contributions on examples of artworks that relate to conflict across political and social borders and that aim to establish understanding. How, for example, can or has art helped to facilitate understanding of the conflict in the Middle East? Could practices of political protest that use art, as for example Feminist Art, be translated to other parts of the world, such as the Middle East or Russia? We are inviting contributions from artist, social activists, museum professionals, art historians and practitioners of collaborative art practices to propose strategies of engagement in political art in the regions that are or were torn by war.

It is hoped that the chapters in this volume will ask questions in regards to the role of art in establishing conversations and also perhaps to start creating connections and methodologies that will facilitate activist art practices.


Abstracts of approximately 500 words are due on June 10. The final chapters will be due in February 2019.

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Dr. Alla Myzelev

Assitant Professor of Art History



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