CFP: Art Transmission

Transmission: HOSPITALITY
Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd July 2010
Sheffield, UK
Call for Papers
Guests: Clegg and Guttmann (Artists, Germany), Juliet Flower MacCannell
(Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English, UC Irvine) Ahuvia
Kahane (Professor of Greek, Royal Holloway, University of London), Esther Leslie
(Professor in Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London) Dany Nobus
(Professor, School of Social Sciences, Brunel, University West London), Blake
Stimson (Professor of Art History, University of California)
Transmission: Hospitality aims to address the relation between the various modes of
analysis and communication that comprehend art. This conference will be set in a
transdisciplinary and transcultural context where dialogues between artists, writers,
critics, curators, and academics will be welcomed as a method for generating,
mediating, and reflecting experience and knowledge about the way art is received.
Hospitality speaks about art through a form that responds to how art is encountered,
discussed and, perhaps most importantly, received. This theme will be explored over
the three days of the conference through the topics of Host, Stranger, and Friend.
Here we will consider the ethics of hospitality, of making the stranger welcome. A
host has a standard of conduct, and historically, hospitality has been seen as a code,
a duty, a virtue, and a law. There is a bond between host and guest, and indeed, it is
one that may exceed the bond of family – a bond one may be called to defer in place
of the guest, as the guest must take precedence. Hospitality derives from hospes,
formed from hostis, a stranger. Stranger joins with polis, the state. There is a duty of
care. Rather than a fetishising of the social encounter or the reduction of
conversation to an aesthetic genre, this international conference takes up
discussions on hospitality, incorporating both the stranger and the friend. Here we
will ask how art can inform the politics, ethics, and cultural meaning that lie at the
heart of the relation between host and guest.
We invite papers and proposal for panels of three speakers on any aspect of the
conference theme. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an international panel of
academics and artists. Topics may include but are not limited to:
art and responsibility, art and ethics, art and psychoanalysis, cultures of curating,
hospitality and film
art and the foreigner (or the odd, eccentric and uncanny), art and philosophy,
multidisciplinary practice
art and dialogue, art and community, art and politics, collaborative practice
Each of the conference papers will be published on the Transmission website.
Papers from the conference will also be considered for publication in the forthcoming
issue of Transmission Annual.
The conference is being developed in association with Meadows School of the Arts,
Southern Methodist University (Dallas, USA) and will include the launch of the new
journal Transmission Annual (Artwords) and the opening of Transmission: Interrupted
in the SIA Gallery.
Contributors are invited to reflect on the themes outlined above and to present their
work in one of the Dialogue session at the conference.
You are invited to submit a proposal in the form of a written abstract, which will be
peer-reviewed by a selection of international artists, writers and academics.
Successful authors will be invited to present a 20 minute paper in a panel at the
Guidelines for Abstracts:
The deadline for abstracts is Monday 15 March. You are invited to submit either an
abstract for an individual paper or a proposal for a panel of papers on a theme
relevant the conference as described above. Please provide full contact details with
your abstract or panel proposal.
Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 250 words and proposals for
panels of three papers should be no longer than 500 words. Please submit by email
For further details, see the Conference webpages at
Venue and Contact Details:
Transmission will be hosted by the Art & Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam
University and will take place from 1st - 3rd July 2010 at:
Furnival Building
153 Arundel Street
City Campus
Sheffield Hallam University
S1 2NU
Dr Jaspar Joseph-Lester
Dr Sharon Kivland


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