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CFP: Looting in Visual Culture (SECAC, Sarasota, 8-11 Oct 14)

Call for Papers: Looting in Visual Culture (SECAC, Sarasota, 8-11 Oct 14)

Sarasota, FL, Southeastern College Art Conference 2014, October 8 - 11, 2014

Deadline: Apr 20, 2014

Raiders of the Lost Art: Issues of Looting in Visual Culture

Recent instances of both art theft and repatriation have brought the mechanisms and implications of the looting of art into the public consciousness afresh. However, behind well-known cases of illicit acquisition and its occasional redress stretches a long history of what to contemporary minds often seems to be questionable procurement of visual culture. This session explores the phenomenon of 'looting'

very broadly conceived to include such issues as appropriation, spolia, forgeries, misattributions, situations involving the repatriation or return of stolen goods, and the impact of the 1970 UNESCO Convention. Papers approaching the topic from a theoretical perspective (for example, the appropriation of artistic ideas or the political use of certain visual styles) are encouraged in addition to those dealing with cases pertaining to specific objects. Papers on topics from any time period, geographical location and medium are welcome.

Session Co-chairs: Ashley Elston, Berea College ( and Julia Fischer, Georgia Southern University (

Please use SECAC's online form and submit your abstract and CV no later than midnight EDT on April 20, 2014.