ANOTHER ARTWORLD: Manifestations and Conditions of Equity in Visual Arts

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December 3, 2020 to December 4, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Humanities, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Sociology

ANOTHER ARTWORLD: Manifestations and Conditions of Equity in Visual Arts


The University of Arts Belgrade, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management

3 – 4 December 2020, Belgrade, Serbia


The unequal development of art markets, lack of transparency of cash flows and various financial irregularities, precarious work and a high unemployment rate of artists are just some of the striking phenomena and ways in which contemporary art reproduces inequalities that can be seen in other areas of social action. The visual arts have become a key terrain in the field of culture in which market-oriented processes of globalization are manifested. In this field, only a few auction houses (London and New York) occupy a prominent position. Shifting the orientation of the field toward business, speculators have taken the position of key players in the art market, creating a money-making machine from art. As a consequence of the concentration of wealth and influence in a neoliberal global society, culture and the arts become the exclusive right of privileged actors. Therefore, the function and status of artists and art in contemporary society are moving away from the mission of fulfilling the public interest. These phenomena are increasingly the subject of research, so it can be said that the greatest challenge and major task is to find solutions to the democratization of artworld.


We invite empirical, theoretical and practice-informed contributions from across a range of disciplines (art theory, cultural studies, cultural management, and cultural policy, sociology of art and economics of culture, and other related fields) to propose paper/project presentations, thematic panel sessions, or workshops in these areas, or to suggest other innovative and provocative themes. Papers should contribute to the consideration of the principles and models of decentralized (horizontal) management in visual arts; models based on equity, cooperative relationships and self-governance, i.e. the implementation of direct democracy, which implies direct decision-making on all the common issues in the field of contemporary visual art.

Key themes:

• Socially progressive models of organization and management in the field of contemporary visual arts based on the principles of equity, democracy, egalitarianism...;

• Case studies of successful and unsuccessful, historical and current examples of democratization of the field of contemporary visual arts;

• Decentralization and democratic approach in the field of contemporary visual arts through cultural policy principles and bottom-up practices;

• Position of the artist, value and function of the work of art, development of artistic production, citizens' participation in cultural life and decision-making processes;

• Policies of participatory practices, collective work, and self-organization in other artistic fields and cultural practice.

Proposals should be submitted to email:

Deadline for proposals: September 30th 2020

Notification of acceptance: October 25th 2020

Part of the conference program takes place online, so it is possible to apply for a presentation via the Zoom platform.

All authors who have presented their work at the conference are invited to send their full papers to be considered for publishing in the Book of Proceedings (with ISBN) by February 20th 2021.

For more information please visit:

Please email any questions to Milan Djordjevic, Co-chair of the Programme Committee:

Contact Info: 

The University of Arts Belgrade, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management

Kosancicev venac 29, 11000 Belgrade

Republic of Serbia

​Tel. +381 11 2624 281


Contact person:

Milan Djordjevic, Co-chair of the Programme Committee

Tel. +381 64 4164 122