AAANZ 2013, Melbourne, December 7-9

The 2013 AAANZ annual conference will take place in Melbourne, December 7-9. It is being hosted by the University of Melbourne (VCA and Art History), National Gallery of Victoria and RMIT. It will include sessions on the history of art and other visual disciplines, art theory, and practice-based research in art, design and architecture.

Keynote Speakers | Professor David Joselit is a leading scholar and critic who has written about pivotal movements in modern art ranging from Dada to the emergence of globalization and new media; he contributes regularly to Artforum and Art in America, and is currently Carnegie Professor and Chair of the History of Art department at Yale University and an editor of October. Professor Joselit was also curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Professor Irit Rogoff is based at Goldsmiths, University of London in the department of Visual Cultures, which she founded in 2002. Professor Rogoff is an outstanding visual theorist, writer and curator who has co-written a range of seminal texts exploring visual culture, contemporary art and critical theory.

Call for Sessions

The call for sessions is now open.

The conference will focus on the theme of interdisciplinarity and explore the past, present, future of art, including its practices, threats and histories. Are we, as some have argued, all working in the intersections of disciplines, being ‘interdisciplinary’? Or do we have sharply defined conditions of disciplinary practices? The conference theme aims to encourage critical perspectives that challenge the term, ‘interdisciplinary’. For art practice, what  does it mean to work between, under, through and without discipline?

The sessions that might emerge from such provocation might include:

  • The history of art history as an interdisciplinary practice
  • The practice of art – what does it mean to work between, under, through or without ‘discipline’
  • The future of discipline
  • Research and discipline
  • Inter-subjectivity, -pretation, -lace, -face, -sect, -gration
  • Threats and promises

The organisers encourage session proposals from a broad set of practitioners in Art, Design and Architectural History, Art Practice to engage with and challenge the term ‘interdiscipline’. AAANZ welcomes the participation of independent scholars, interdisciplinary artists and scholars, curators, museum scholars and educators.

Please send expressions of interest (250 words) to by Friday, May 17th

Any enquiries please contact

Download the call for sessions as a pdf AAANZ 2013 CONFERENCE ‘INTERDISCIPLINE’

Selected papers from the conference will be published in the association journal ‘The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art’ published by AAANZ and Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane.

For more information see the conference website

Date: Saturday 7th – Monday 9th December 2013

Venue: Victorian College of the Arts (Southbank); The National Gallery of Victoria, International (St Kilda Rd), The University of Melbourne (Parkville campus); and The Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne (Swanston St).