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CFP: Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference (5-8 December, Launceston)

  • Dates: 11 Jun – 29 Aug, 2014
  • Location: Launceston, Australia
  • Contact: Dr. Flavia Marcello
  • Email:
  • Phone: +61 3 9214 6854

Call for Papers

Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, 5-8 December, Launceston

The Annual Conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand will be held in Launceston, Tasmania, 5-7 December 2014, with an optional day in Hobart, 8 December 2014. The conference will be based at the Inveresk Precinct, hosted by the University of Tasmania (Tasmanian College of the Arts and the School of Architecture and Design) and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Routes and Roots narratives, processes, networks and traces of Australian Art and Architecture: Dr. Flavia Marcello (Swinburne University of Technology) Dr. David Beynon (Deakin University); Dr. Ursula de Jong (Deakin University); Dr. Mirjana Lozanovska (Deakin University); Ian Woodcock (University of Melbourne)

Australia is a place of overlapping geo-cultural mobilities that both complement and problematise totalising narratives of influence on Australian art and architectural historiography. This session explores the interplay between Routes and Roots to engender a more heterogeneous and multi-representational view of Australian art and architecture. Papers are invited that analyse patterns, processes and networks to test geo-critical influences as additive sets of parts rather than sequences of individual moments and that address the following over-arching questions: What identity slips are inherent in the dialectics of European v. British? Australian v. Indigenous? Western v. Eastern? How has Australia negotiated the paradox between its geographic and cultural proximities? How can the relationship between Routes and Roots lead to new understandings of shifts in cultural identity from loss (the tyranny of distance between an emigrant people and their origins) to surplus (the overabundance of identities within a hybridising/localising populace of diverse origins). This session welcomes responses within four areas:

1. Australia as progeny of empire: the uses of art and architecture to fabricate unity, identity and authority in a fledgling colonial settlement through opportunity, adaptation and experimentation.

2. Australian modernity: modes of dissemination of Modernity-Modernism-Moderne via Australian artists and architects; differences of approach to the modernist agenda; the position of Australia as a conduit between East and West.

3. Australia as immigrant nation: the dialectics of migrant v. immigrant and their agency & socio-cultural status, struggles with belonging, displacement, language, and re-settlement.

4. Australia as Asian: Asia's presence (marginal or integral), the filtration of Asian cultural expression, the appropriateness (and appropriation) of Asian models, the relationship of art and architecture to changing demographies.

Papers may end up posing more questions than they answer and therefore provide more scope for reconciling Australia's shifting geo-cultural identity with its production of art and architecture. The session articulates with the conference theme, GEOcritical by exploring how Australia's artists and architects have reconciled their own roots with their routes to the Southern land and what trans-culturalisms are brought about in these processes. By situating history as a series of narratives, flows, networks and traces it enriches debates on Australia's position as an unstable centre with a multitude of dissolving peripheries. It proposes a complex and interdisciplinary historiography that involves the act of mapping as history. It engages with Australia as a place from which to speak and to create taking into account both the roots of practitioners and the varied and complex routes that various lines of influence, and sometimes the practitioners themselves, took to arrive here.!

 Each specific sub-theme of the session respectively engages more deeply with the conference themes: empires and imaging, shifting subjectivities, migratory artists and transculturalism. 1. Mirjana Lozanovska, 'Migrant housing in the city and the village: from Melbourne to Zavoj', in Open House International, vol.34, no.3, September 2009, 44. 2. Nikos Papastergiardis, Spatial aesthetics: art, place and the everyday (London: Rivers Oram, 2006).

Proposals for papers must be sent to the Session Convenors listed with each session abstract, not to the AAANZ nor the Session Curators. Where contact details are given for only one convenor, that person has elected to manage the proposals for that session and correspondence should only be with that convenor.

Proposals should be received by Friday 29 August 2014.

Dr. Flavia Marcello
Senior Lecturer, Interior Architecture
Faculty of Design, Swinburne University
Building 14W, 14 Wakefield Street
Hawthorn Campus<>
t: +61 3 9214 6854