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Call for Papers
April 6, 2020 to April 8, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Film and Film History, Music and Music History, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

6 – 8 April 2020
Venue: Bulgaria, Sofia, 21 Krakra Str., Institute of Art Studies

The 2020 edition of the traditional annual conference Art Readings, New Art module, deals with the interpretations of the theme journeys in the contemporary arts, represented through different artistic practices, genres and art-works.

The topic journey scan refer toactual physical journeys – travelling from one place to another, nonetheless, to describe the processes in art making; symbolic passagesthat solely relate topersonal experience and exploring identity;spiritual voyages etc. 

The thematic scope of the New Art Module assumes but is not limited to the following aspects of the topic:

  •  Journeys as a center of attention incontemporary art;
  •  The art of traveling and art as avoyage;
  •  Routes, tracks,turns andreturns in art;
  •  Traveling as a genre-definingfactor;
  •  Art and psychogeograpy: the poetics of locations;
  •  Journeysand structuring of environment and space;
  •  Cultural practices, based on traveling – documentation of journeys, guest-performances; tours of artists and art-objects; festivals etc.;
  •  Journeys as an exchange of ideas; a meeting point for different cultural traditionsetc.;
  •  Voyages, traditions and culture;
  •  Traveling and models of interaction in the arts: transformation of traditions;ethnocentrism; socialization;inculturation; аculturation etc.;
  • Migration, diaspora art, multiculturalism;
  • Journeys and popular culture

The organizers seek to attract experts in the academic fields of art-history, theory and history of architecture, musicology, drama and theatre studies, cinema studies, culturology, folklore studies and other humanities topresent their papers onvarious aspects of travelling in relation to material culture and the arts, with an emphasis onmodern and contemporary art.
The working languages of the conference are English and Bulgarian, but in the conference proceedings are accepted articles in French and German also.

The organizers will apply for financial support in 2019. Limited hotel accommodations may be provided for some of the participants.

Please, send your proposals of 300 to 500 words in English or Bulgarian, including a brief CV. An academic CV templates available at:

Ten per cent of the participants shall be young researchers, postdocs and PhD students who are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please, send your proposal to:
for fine arts:;
for music:;
for theatre:
for cinema:
for architecture:
Please, also send a copy to:

Important dates:
1 September 2019: Deadline for abstract and CV submission;
15 October 2019: Deadline for notification of acceptance/rejection;
15 February 2020: Deadline for confirming participation;
1 March 2020: Deadline for announcing the conference programme.

International Organising Committee (listed alphabetically)
Adrian-Silvan Ionescu, Romanian Academy of Sciences, Romania
Elvira Popova, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico
FaniVavili-Tsinika, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Ingeborg Bratoeva, Institute of Art Studies, BAS, Sofia
Kamelia Nikolova, National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts& Institute of Art Studies, BAS, Sofia
Marina Frolova-Walker, University of Cambridge, UK
Milena Bozhikova, Institute of Art Studies, BAS, Sofia
Milena Georgieva, Institute of Art Studies, BAS, Sofia
Vesselina Penevska, Institute of Art Studies, BAS, Sofia
Yana Hashamova, Ohio State University, USA

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