CALL FOR PAPERS
PANEL AT ASSOCIATION OF ART HISTORIANS CONFERENCE, 31 March - 2 April 2011
Re-Worlding: Do World Art and World Anthropologies Relate?
The field of world art has emerged in recent years as a means to re-engage with issues of universalism and relativism in diverse aesthetic, pedagogic and institutional contexts. This field has resonance for artists, museum professionals, cultural policy makers and researchers of contemporary and historical practices in the new humanities and social sciences. World anthropologies pertain to the emergence of new networks of inter-cultural knowledge and performance, especially those related to identity-construction and (non-)representation in the global south.
The panel aims to define and assess the possibilities for interaction between the two fields by inviting critical and imaginative responses to the following questions: How do world art and world anthropologies relate? What are the political, epistemological and social implications of using 'world' entities in interdisciplinary practice? Can exponents to these fields contribute to the making of (i) new inter-cultural imaginaries, (ii) trans-national and trans-local reconciliations, and (iii) alternative institutions, networks and structures?
The conveners encourage critical and practical contributions addressing how representations of place, personhood, and participation - across ethnographic, museological and artistic imaginaries - make the confluence of world art and world anthropologies efficacious, in terms of the de-centering of power and knowledge. Contributors will discuss the intellectual, discursive and political relevance of an interlacing of world art with ethnographic reflexivity, critical race
theory, multiple and regional modernities, and other decolonizing methodologies.
The closing date for proposals is November 8th 2010. Please send your abstracts directly to D.Rycroft@uea.ac.uk.
Dr Daniel J. Rycroft
Lecturer, Arts and Cultures of Asia, School of World Art Studies and Museology
University of Anglia, Norwich, UK. NR4 7TJ
Joint Editor, World Art [Routledge journals: www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rwor]