Call for Papers

Performing Research – Art History Not For Publication

A conference organised by the Performing Art History Special Interest Group Friday, 6 May 2011 12.00 – 18.00, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Deadline: 10 January 2011

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This conference seeks to explore the clarity, diversity, and freedom that can come from presenting art historical research directly to an audience, as opposed to through traditional publishing routes in books or academic journals.

Building on seminar workshops on Art History and TV, Art History and Radio, and Art History and the Internet, the group invites abstracts for short 15 minute papers from all areas of the discipline. In each case the art historical research presented should be further elucidated through a novel and alternative presentation method, be it visual, aural, or action-based. Joint papers or collaborations between art historians, or between art historians and practitioners from other disciplines (especially the visual arts) are welcome and encouraged. In keeping with this ethos conference recordings will be archived in an open online forum.

Possible papers:

  • ‘Miro and the Sea: A Picture Essay’
  • ‘21st-Century Collage: a lecture on multi-media given in multi-media’
  • ‘The Poetry of the Parthenon: an architectural analysis in verse’
  • ‘Rubens and Poussin revisited: a live debate’
  • ‘The Mediterranean Character of Picasso: a lost lecture by the artist’
  • ‘Ars Musica: technical advances in a 14th century altarpiece accompanied by the music from its original location alongside which it once stood’

Presentation techniques could include (but are not limited to):

  • a picture essay or photo essay
  • an accompanying visual montage, movie, animation, or artwork
  • accompanying sound, music, or performance
  • original use of digital technologies (Powerpoint, etc.)
  • an online paper
  • an improvised lecture
  • a lecture in character

Applicants should send an abstract of around 300 words clearly outlining the art historical focus of the paper, the paper’s presentational technique, and the nature of the collaboration (if relevant), alongside a short biography, to