CFP: UAAC Conference Session on Urban Art Hotels, Quebec City, October 24-27, 2019

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Call for Papers
May 31, 2019
Quebec, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Fine Arts, Urban History / Studies


Urban Art Hotels: Sites of Cultural Production, Performance and Installation


From the mid twentieth century onward artists have lived, worked and socialized in hotel buildings including the Chelsea Hotel in New York and the Beat Hotel in Paris, France. In more contemporary times artists have designed interiors for the Ace Hotels in Portland, New York and London, and the Gladstone Hotel and the Drake Hotel in Toronto, Canada. Alongside these building re-adaptations, artists have created conceptual, photographic and performance works that feature urban hotels as context, content and narrative. Examples include Alighiero Boetti’s, One Hotel, Kabul (1971-1977) later documented in films and installations by Mario Garcia Torres (ca. 2006-2013), Sophie Calle’s The Hotel (1983) and more recently Banksy’s The Walled Off Hotel, Bethlehem, Palestine (ca. 2017). This panel invites proposals that examine hotel buildings as sites of cultural production, performance and installation from the 1950s to the present day. Of particular interest are papers that assess artists who engage in, reimagine and/or redress the histories, meanings and functions of hotels within and across urban localities.


Chair: Michelle Veitch, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta (


 Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) Conference regulations: 

  1. Submissions must include the name of the applicant, the applicant’s email address, the applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank, the title of the proposal, a proposal (300 words maximum), and a brief biography (150 words maximum).
  2. Submissions must be submitted via the Call for Papers form available at:
  3. Proposals may be submitted by current members or non-members of UAAC. Non-members MUST become members of UAAC and pay registration fees in order to present a paper at the conference. Membership dues and registration fees must be received by September 15, 2019. For more information visit: 
  4. Proposals are invited from permanent and contractual faculty, independent scholars and artists, and graduate students in terminal degree programs (examples: PhD, MFA, MDes, etc.) who are engaged in the visual arts (studio practice, art history, visual culture, material culture, museum studies, art conservation, etc.). MA students are not permitted to give papers at the conference.
  5. Presentations via Skype, Google hangout, or other digital platforms are not permitted.

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019


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Contact Info: 

Michelle Veitch, Associate Professor, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta