The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Friday, February 09, 2007

CFP: Art and Power

From H-Art-Hist:

Title: Art and Power
Eighth Student Summer Symposium
University of St Andrews
5-7 July 2007

The relationship between art and power has, throughout history, continuously shifted between the creative expressions of artists and their response to the various frameworks and networks of exchange. This interaction has in many ways determined the patterns of development within the arts, particularly with regard to the formulations of style and subject.

It has been over 10 years since the exhibition"Art and Power: Europe under the dictators 1930-1945". This exhibition prompted the exploration of image making under totalitarianism in Europe and the plight of the individual artist under the control of these political bodies. In public, the arts were politicized to serve and disperse the ideological messages of the state.This conference aims to open up this schema. It provides an opportunity to expand upon these themes of art and power to the manner in which artists responded to the innumerable constructs of power dispersed throughout the social system. It also aims to diversify the scope of this exhibition by enlarging the historical parameters to all geographical and ideological realms.

This year's AAH Student Summer Symposium intends to contextualize how the persistent and diverse dialogue between art and power has persevered through the history of art to the present. Papers may consider but not be limited to:

* The politics of identity: race, class, gender, sexuality and nationality
* The politics of display, viewership and ownership
* The power of institutions (the academy, patronage networks, courts)
* Colonial and post-colonial ideology
* Urban planning and architecture
* The power of the art market
* The collaborative creativity of artists
* The nation/state
* Encrypted and underground art

For the opportunity to present a 20-minute paper in an informal atmosphere with other postgraduate students, send a 300 - word abstract by 7 April 2007 to Maria Halkias AAH membership is necessary.

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