CFP Oct 12, 2014

New Worlds: Frontiers, Inclusion, Utopias (Rio de Janeiro, 25-29 Aug 15)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 25–29, 2015
Deadline: Nov 17, 2014

Ana Gonçalves Magalhães

Issued by the Brazilian Committee of Art History (CBHA), under the aegis
of the Comité International de l'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA), the
University of Campinas (UNICAMP), and the State University of Rio de
Janeiro (UERJ). Grant support provided by the Getty Foundation and the
Terra Foundation.

[see below: Attendance Grants - Latin American PhD Students]

Call for papers
New Worlds: Frontiers, Inclusion, Utopias

The conference aims at promoting an international debate on issues that
closely connect to the history and art history of the American
continent, and with pressing contemporary debates within the field,
taking also discussions on the "expansion" of the discipline of art
history into account. In this framework, we propose to examine concepts
of space and place, and the political meanings, associated with such
ideas. It is a fact that in the last few decades art history has moved
towards new theoretical settings impelled by the desire to become more
global and embrace other art traditions besides the so-called "western".
Ideas about redesigning the "map" of art history, about revising its
geography are now in the foreground. As DaCosta Kaufmann points out,
notions of space and place are again becoming central to the discipline,
albeit in new and exciting ways. The discussion has been particularly
fertile in producing knowledge about the relation between different
sites around the globe. If we are to follow contemporary geography, and
understand the "science of space" not as the field of "objective"
knowledge about land and its populations, but as dealing with modes of
cognition and systems of classification, we gain a very dynamic view of
what "mapping the world" could in fact mean, and raise questions of how
art and artifacts work within this system. George Kubler understood
objects as important elements in the construction of relations between
territories and their histories, and since Castelnuovo's and Ginzburg's
influential article on "Center and Periphery", the political dimension
of these exchanges have largely been acknowledged. It becomes clear that
to redesign the map of art history is also to elect a specific
standpoint and to conceive new worlds through narrative, to establish
new frontiers, to include and exclude, guided by some kind of
politically based utopia. There is no all-embracing "bird-eye view" over
the field of art history. Each position implies a new map, new relations
between things and ideas, and thus, new narratives. What was the
Renaissance from the perspective of the indigenous population of
America, or for the Chinese Empire? What was Enlightenment from the
perspective of enslaved Africans? What is "center" and what is
"periphery" today? The conference "New Worlds: frontiers, inclusion,
utopias" proposes to examine some of the issues implied in the process
of "expanding" the field of art history. Developing on the spatial
metaphors implied in such a discourse, we propose to understand the new
worlds of art history in terms of positions and relations within the
various political maps of the field. Important questions to be asked
are, for instance, who has power and voice within art history today, and
who does the mapping. Is there effectively just one map, or are there
concurrent views of the field and its future? Which are the concurrent
views of the field? How do these views relate to each other? Given that
the conference will take place in a South American country, a main issue
that will develop in a special session, but also throughout the whole
conference, will be the relations between North and South America,
reviewing the traditional discourses that stress the centrality of
Europe in the processes of construction and structuring of art and art
history in Latin America. The role of native and African art in the
process of creating the new American world, as well as the role of
immigration in the establishment of the complex map of art and art
history will find a special place within the event. The centrality of
place and space for contemporary art is also an important point to be
examined: what is the role of institutions and the market within the
development of the map of art? Issues of dislocation and development of
new artificial geographies in art will be raised. Questions of inclusion
and exclusion, the sites of encounters and the borders between art and
life, art and technology, the human and the post-human, among others,
will also have a place in the present conference.

Application for Proposals:
Proposals (1000 words) for presentations should be sent to the selection
committee in one of the 5 official languages of the CIHA (German,
English, French, Italian, Spanish) or Portuguese, with a short summary
in English (not exceeding 250 words) and a short curriculum vitae (not
exceeding 150 words) before November 17th, 2014.
Publication of Selection Results: December 17, 2014.

Contact for Application for Proposals:
Deadline for sending : November 17th, 2014

Scientific Committee: Cláudia Valladão de Mattos (University of Campinas
– UNICAMP) Roberto Conduru (State University of Rio de Janeiro – UERJ)
Maria Berbara (State University of Rio de Janeiro – UERJ) Jens
Baumgarten (Federal University of São Paulo - UNIFESP) Ana Gonçalves
Magalhães (University of São Paulo - USP) Maria Clara Bernal
(Universidad de Los Andes - UNIANDES) Marisa Baldasarre (Universidad
Nacional de San Martín - UNSAM)


A grant from the Getty Foundation is supporting a number of PhD students
to attend the conference "New Worlds: Frontiers, Inclusion, Utopias", in
Rio de Janeiro. Below, information on the eligibility and documents for
application. The aim of these fellowships is to allow students from
different Latin-American countries to meet and have a research exchange
experience, as well as the possibility to discuss their projects and
researches with the speakers of the conference, in a post-conference

PhD students, regularly enrolled in Graduate Programs of universities in
Latin America.

To apply for a Getty Foundation fellowship, please send:
- a letter of intentions, explaining why it would be important for you
to attend the conference
- a short CV – see form here in attachment
- your transcript

Applications can be sent in the official languages of CIHA (English,
French, Italian, German and Spanish) and in Portuguese.
Deadline: November 17th, 2014.

Contacts for more information and application:

Publication of selection results: December 17, 2014.

(title of the program, university)


(articles, book chapters, books, and catalogs)

(congresses, seminars, colloquiums, nationally and internationally,
either that you took part or that you helped to organize)

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