College Art Association Annual Conference 2019 - CFP: "Impartial Integration: Decolonizing artistic and creative practices in Asia"

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Call for Papers
August 6, 2018
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Fine Arts


CAA 107th Annual Conference, New York, February 13-16, 2019

CFP: "Impartial Integration: Decolonizing artistic and creative practices in Asia"
Deadline: August 6, 2018


The current cosmopolitanism in artistic and creative practices around the globe advocates growing possibilities for interregional collaborations and solidarity. The innovative forms of “aesthetic cosmopolitanism” (Papastergiadis 2012) can facilitate further discourses on shared issues and their local significance. Yet the global allure of new collaborative practices may also result in a kind of provincialism where artists rely “on a generic set of creative solutions and a priori assumptions that are imposed indiscriminately onto each site of practice” (Kester 2011: 135). Building on the dialectical perceptions of empowering possibilities brought forward by cosmopolitanism and criticism expressed towards new forms of cultural colonialism, this panel explores how current artistic and creative practices in Asia, and related research, could be decolonized both in practice and in theory, and how this could lead towards more impartial integration. To critically re-examine what kind of socio-political, ideological, cultural or conceptual significance decolonization can have, we invite new methodological and theoretical approaches that renegotiate the existing trajectories and narratives of cosmopolitanism and cultural colonialism in artistic and creative practices. Topics to be addressed include but are not limited to: challenges and contingencies of transcultural art projects; novel spatial, formal and aesthetic strategies employed to reposition these practices for global audience; decentering the institutional power relations; reconstructing the relationship between local and global; examining new conceptual approaches extending beyond the conventional understandings of “cosmopolitanism,” “cultural colonialism”, and “decolonization.” Papers with interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches based on recent examples and/or empirical knowledge are especially welcome.

Please send your proposal including a title, an abstract (max. 250 words), and a short CV (ca. 2 pages) to Dr Minna Valjakka (

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Dr. Minna Valjakka - Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

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