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  • CFP: Cultural Significance of the Sea since 1800 (Bristol, 12 May 14)

    Bristol | Dates: 11 Oct – 31 Dec, 2013
    British Waters and Beyond: The cultural significance of the sea since 1800

    Coinciding with a major exhibition - Power of the Sea (April 5 - July 6th) - the Royal West of England Academy is hosting an interdisciplinary one-day symposium in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and Leeds Metropolitan University.

    Power of the Sea explores the aesthetic sensibilities of the sea, celebrating its qualities through observed, naturally occurring phenomena, as well as drawing upon the rich cultural legacy of narratives, metaphors and allegories with which it is associated. Work by contemporary artists will be shown alongside that of 19th and 20th century British painters (including Turner, Constable, John Brett and Paul Nash), a fertile period of artistic expression embracing Romanticism, naturalism and abstraction.

    Since the beginning of the 19th century, the sea has been an important focus for painters and writers who relished the challenge of working directly from nature, often in inhospitable conditions. Some have made scientific studies of the movements of the waves; others have concentrated on the human costs of storms at sea, either in their direct effects on the shipwrecked or in their impact on those left behind on shore. Such work has gained a new urgency in recent years with concerns about climate change and rising sea levels.

    This symposium aims to expand on the themes of the exhibition encompassing the wider context of the seas around the British Isles. While the centre of gravity will remain the visual arts, and the arts of Britain in particular, we welcome papers that will consider the conceptualisation of the sea and the ocean from an interdisciplinary perspective.

    This symposium seeks to create dialogue between practising artists, curators, writers, academics and students from disciplines including visual arts, cultural theory, geography, history and literature.

    Proposals for papers are invited on the following broad themes but not limited to these:

    - The sea as metaphor and cradle for the imagination: cultural representations by artists, writers and musicians
    - Maritime communities: past, present and future
    - Gendering/sexing the sea
    - From coast to coast: the sea as a place rather than a space; its power to link communities and to transform social relations
    - Trade and empire: the politics of the sea, travel, migration, slavery and nomadism
    - The science of the sea: renewable energy and climate change; ecology and erosion

    Proposals: 250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers, by December 31st 2013

    Proposals should be emailed to janette2.kerr@uwe.ac.uk

    For further information please contact: Joel Edwards, RWA Learning and Resources manager: joel.edwards@rwa.org.uk or Dr Robert Burroughs, School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Metropolitan University: r.m.burroughs@leedsmet.ac.uk
  • CFP: The Production of Ornament (Leeds, March 21-22)

    Leeds | Dates: 11 Oct – 13 Dec, 2013
    Leeds, March 21 - 22, 2014
    Deadline: Dec 13, 2013

    The descriptive terms ‘decorative’ and ‘ornamental’ are in many ways synonymous with superfluity and excess; they refer to things or modalities that are ‘supplementary’ or ‘marginal’ by their very nature. In the West, such qualitative associations in made objects intersect with long-standing and inter-related philosophical oppositions between ‘form’ and ‘matter’, ‘body’ and ‘surface’, the ‘proper’ and the ‘cosmetic’. Accordingly, this has weighed both on determinations of value in artistic media, and on the inflexions of related histories – particularly histories of ‘non-Western’ art, design and culture, where a wide range of decorative traditions are deemed unworthy of critical attention.

    Yet such frameworks are no more historically stable than they are culturally universal. To take one very clear and ‘central’ counter-example, decoration in some strands of Renaissance architectural theory (Filarete, Alberti) emerged as a rigorous codification of meaning, as an essentially functional (political) language. In many ways the history of ornament may itself be seen as a process of marginalisation of such ways of thinking, and the separation of ornament from any form of social practice.

    This two-day conference seeks to explore the various ways in which ornament might be regarded as itself productive of its objects and sites. How might the technologies, techniques, and materials of ornament be related to the conception and transformation of modes of object-making? How might ornament be understood to inform its objects, disrupting the spatial categories of ‘surface’ and ‘structure’, and the temporal models in which ornament ‘follows’ making? What are the relations between ornament and representation, and what is at stake in the conventional oppositions between these categories? What are the roles of ornament in larger dynamics of copying, hybridisation and appropriation between things? In what ways have practices and thinking on ornament staged cultural encounters, and engendered larger epistemological and social models?

    The conference will explore the production of ornament across a broad range of historical and geographical contexts. We invite proposals from researchers and postgraduates working in any discipline, as well as practitioners, conservators and curators. Proposals of no more than 300 words, along with a CV, should be sent to Dr Richard Checketts and Dr Lara Eggleton at production.of.ornament@gmail.com by Friday the 13th of December 2013.
  • About Face Building Enclosure Symposium

    Milwaukee | Dates: 11 Oct, 2013
    The About Face symposium will bring together a number of building enclosure experts from around the country with SARUP faculty in order to foster a conversation about a range of contemporary enclosure issues from aesthetics to performance to construction. The title, About Face, refers to both the intention of the symposium, to present work and discuss the face and enclosure of buildings, and also a desire to reorient the broader disciplinary conversation and address issues that are at the forefront of research and application. This symposium is cosponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle.
  • Protecting the Past: Looting, Identity & the Preservation Crisis

    St. Paul | Dates: 11 – 12 Oct, 2013
    The fourth annual University of Art History Graduate Student Research Symposium will take place on Oct. 11 and 12th. Jason Felch, award-winning investigative reporter of the Los Angeles Times and co-author of Chasing Aphrodite will offer the keynote lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11th. Felch will sign copies of his book following his presentation. Graduate student presentations will take place Saturday, Oct. 12th.