Call for Papers

Trieste Contemporanea Seminar on Art History ‘The Fragile Pedestal’

3-4 June, 2011

Deadline: 1st of March, 2011

The seminar: The purpose of the seminar is to offer European students and young researchers the opportunity to share their research work with a group of young scholars of different provenance and to verify work methods, with the supervision of an international team of professors and professionals in the field of contemporary art.

Trieste Contemporanea plans to create a collaborative space for research, parallel to the academic one, in which the transmission of knowledge among students and professors is organized according to the requests of the student. In this way, the student will have the opportunity to develop and correct his own work in the making.

The seminar is an integral part of the CEI Venice Form for Contemporary Art Curators from Central Eastern Europe.

The seminar will last two days and will take place in Trieste in the Studio Tommaseo (via del Monte) and will be in English.

Participation is free of charge and the expenses for travel and lodging for the participants will be covered by the organizing committee.


  • Forms of public art from World War 2 to our time
  • Historical evolutions in monumental art
  • Social implications
  • Identity expectations and communicative functions in the production of site-specific art
  • New models of commissioned art with collective involvement

How to participate

The call for paper is directed at students and young researchers of contemporary art up to and not over age 35. Since the seminar is a session of the CEI Forum (you can find informations about it on here) and the cultural mission of Trieste Contemporanea is to create an discussion on art of Central and Eastern Europe, part of the number of places for participants will be reserved to scholars from countries adherent to CEI (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Poland, Rumania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine).

The applicants are invited to send a paper from 5 to 8 pages long in English on a contemporary art topic pertaining the theme of the seminar, an introductory bibliography and an abstract of 500 words by 1 March 2o11.

The seminar is considered an instrument of support in the research work of the student, so it is not necessary that the text present an investigation that has reached its results, but it should underline and present in a critical manner the boundaries of the area of research and the unresolved points that the candidate wants to bring to the discussion of the seminar. The text presented can be either produced ad hoc for the seminar, trace a work in progress or summarise a work which has already been presented in a degree or phd thesis or publication.

The text should be sent in attachment to (in pdf format) along with a curriculum vitae. The subject of the message should be ‘History of Art seminars: Application’. In the text of the message the candidate has to provide: first name, last name, date and place of birth, citizenship, address of residency, e-mail address and telephone number.

Selection of participants

The selection of the candidates will be the exclusive responsibility of the organizing committee.

8 students will be selected.

Criteria: Papers must show aptitude for research and a profound knowledge of the issue pre-selected. The originality of the theme’s composition will also be evaluated.

Starting on 01/04/11, the names of the selected participants will be announced.

Confirmed supervisors

  • Marquard Smith (University of Westminster, London, England).
  • Edit András (Research Institute for Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary).
  • Piotr Piotrowski (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland).

Organisation of seminar

  • The selected texts will be sent to the supervisors a month before the opening of the works.
  • The seminar will open with introductory lectures by the supervisors. These lectures will offer the students and the public an insight in the practical work of research.
  • Each participant will have 30 minutes to present his work. Each presentation will be followed by 20 minutes of discussion during which the supervisors and participants will give an opinion on the work, giving suggestions regarding further investigation, corrections or ulterior paths to follow.
  • At the end of the individual presentations a round table will be held in conclusion.


Trieste Contemporanea
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