CFP Critical Digital Art History AAH 2021

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Call for Papers
April 14, 2021 to April 17, 2021
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Archival Science, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities


Critical Digital Art History: Interface and data politics in exhibitions, museums and collections

We invite paper proposals for our session at the Association for Art History’s 2021 Annual Conference.

Paper proposal deadline 19 October 2020.


The discipline of art history has long embraced the digitisation of artworks and scholarly resources, but there has also been increased interest in recent years in adopting computational methods. Scholarly activity in this area is commonly labelled ‘digital art history’ and often focuses on practical issues that impact the tasks of collection managers, information specialists and others closely allied with institutions that collect, preserve and govern art-historical collections. This focus on practical concerns means that critical engagement with what digital technology and computational methods imply for art history is often unaddressed. Little attention has thus far been paid to the theoretical and political aspects of mass digitisation in art history and the use of digital tools in museums and collections.

In this session, we seek to theorise and critically analyse the implications of digitisation for our discipline. We particularly invite papers that address these issues from a general, theoretical and critical perspective. This might entail cultural and ideological effects of digital access or the lack thereof, philosophical and theoretical reflections on the epistemologies of digital tools, critical perspectives on digital interfaces for art-historical artefacts, or examinations of specific digital tools and their art-historical contexts. This may also encompass reflections on exhibition practices and notions of art’s audiences in relation to digital interfaces. Moreover, this could include contributions that critically examine visualisation practices in art history and other historiographic accounts of the field in relation to digitisation.


Contact Info: 

Anna Dahlgren, Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University,                                 

Amanda Wasielewski, Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University,