CFP: Crossing Borders: Migration and the Visual Arts in Denmark, 1800-2021
September 24, 2021, The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen
Submission Deadline: April 2, 2021
The purpose of this conference is to highlight the migration of artists and ideas to Denmark over the past 200+ years and to examine their collective influence on the history of the visual arts. From museums to art history books, Denmark is presented as a historically monocultural society whose artistic production has centred on the expression of Danish national identity. Immigration and multiculturalism, by contrast, are described as new social phenomena, unknown to Denmark and the Danish art scene before the 1960s. However, recent scholarship has cast doubt on these ethnocentric historical assumptions, demonstrating that migration and multiculturalism are not new to Denmark, but rather have established traditions visible within Denmark’s museums and collections, artistic practices, and communities.
This conference therefore invites new and multidisciplinary scholarship that examines the long legacy of migration and its influence on the visual arts in Denmark to bridge the present with the past. We invite presenters from diverse traditions including, but not limited to, art historians, museum professionals, artists, sociologists, and political historians to present research on the history of visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, film, illustration, post-media practices, etc.) in Denmark. Papers should follow along one or more of the following subthemes:
Applicants should submit a 300 word abstract along with a CV to Nicholas Parkinson (email@example.com) by April 2nd, 2021. Limited financial support will be available to help cover travel expenses for speakers travelling outside of the Copenhagen metropolitan area. Speakers unable to travel due to legal, employment, or health restrictions will have the chance to deliver their talks remotely via videoconference.
Lead Organizer: Nicholas Parkinson, Ph.D., Mads Øvlisen Postdoctoral Fellow, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Anne Ring Petersen, Dr.phil, Ph.D., Professor, University of Copenhagen
Nicol Savinetti, Ph.D., Director, IMMART - International Migration Meets the Arts
Kristian Handberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen
Rasmus Kjærboe, Ph.D., Curator, The Hirschsprung Collection
Funding for this conference is provided by the Novo Nordisk Foundation
Mads Øvlisen Postdoctoral Fellow
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek