Online workshop/Transnationalism and its new spatial frames: artists, objects and forms of deterritorialization

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June 22, 2021 to June 23, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Area Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities

Online workshop organized by ASCA/University of Amsterdam in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Convenors: Elize Mazadiego (University of Amsterdam) and Daniel R. Quiles (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Tuesday 22 June, 2021, 16:00-18:00 CET-Amsterdam/9:00-11:00 CT-Chicago and Wednesday 23 June, 2021, 16:00-18:00 CET-Amsterdam/9:00-11:00 CT-Chicago

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Since the global turn in the early 2000s concepts of transnationalism abound in the field of art history, in addition to radically changing the discipline’s topography.  Increasingly the fixed national frameworks that once characterized art historical scholarship are eclipsed by seemingly fluid interregional flows, diasporic cultural matrices, mobility and globalized interactions. This 2-day workshop explores the current state of transnationalism in the field, with an interest in understanding new methodologies in transnational research within art history and directions for future scholarship. It considers various modalities and theorizations of transnationalism including, but not limited to trans-spaces of imagination (transpacific and transatlantic connections), forms of worlding and minor transnationalisms. Some of the workshop’s animating questions are: what new spatialities can be drawn under transnational frames? How have the flux of mobility combined with new technologies since the late 1960s shaped global, nomadic artistic subjectivities? In what ways are these subjectivities still circumscribed by their national origins? In what ways do concepts of deterritorialization and dislocation serve as a model to describe artistic processes unhinged from geographical, territorial, national or regional importance?

This workshop, part of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and organized in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, proposes to share and discuss work on art from and in relation to the Global South, highlighting the history and operation of transnationalism as it relates to these geographies, while also taking into account possible axes of solidarity and relational fields of production.  


Tuesday 22 June 2021

16:00-16:15: Welcome and Introduction by Daniel Quiles (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

16:15-16:30: Researching Performance Art in a Transnational Context

Eva Bentcheva (Heidelberg University)

16:30-16:45: Queer Chinese Feminist Archipelago: Shanghai, Miami, and San Francisco

Alpesh Kantilal Patel (Temple University)

16:45-17:00: Break

17:00-17:15: New alignments of Conceptualism’s networks: In-Out Centre and Transnational Spaces of Art

Elize Mazadiego (University of Amsterdam)

17:15-17:30: Migration and Art: 1:1

María Clara Bernal (Universidad de los Andes)

17:30-18:00: Discussion and Questions, moderated by Delinda Collier (School of the Art Institute Chicago)

Wednesday 23 June 2021

16:00-16:15: Welcome and Introduction by Elize Mazadiego (University of Amsterdam)

16:15-16:30: Marked Gaze: Edin Vélez, 1977-1984

Daniel Quiles (School of the Art Institute Chicago)

16:30-16:45: Drawing Lines: Visual Rhetoric of Freedom in Lotus, Afro-Asian Writings

Sanjukta Sunderason (University of Amsterdam)

16:45-17:00: Break

17:00-17:15: From Living in Your Head to Participating: The Misadventures of Conceptualism between Nationalism, Transnationalism, and Revolutions in the Andes

Dorota Biczel (Independent art historian/curator)

17:15-18:00: Discussion and Questions, moderated by Eve Kalyva (University of Amsterdam/University of Kent)

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Elize Mazadiego, Marie Curie Fellow, University of Amsterdam (co-convenor)

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