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Call for Papers: “Corrective Lenses: On the Politics of Revision”

Call for Papers: “Corrective Lenses: On the Politics of Revision”

2012 Bay Area Graduate Symposium in Art History, Film and Media

Organized by The Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University, CA

Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
 
Keynote Speaker: Professor Martin Berger, University of California, Santa Cruz
 
This symposium, titled “Corrective Lenses: On the Politics of Revision,” will consider how artists, spectators, curators, scholars and institutional bodies shape and reshape visual experience and meaning. It will reveal the collaborative, multivalent, and sometimes fractious politics of both “vision” and “revision.”
 
Scholarship, no less than art or material culture, leads a dynamic existence in a forum shaped by diverse and changing ideas. Thus, the theme of “revision” speaks not only to the relay between image and viewer, but also to the role that scholars, disciplines and institutions play in remaking the image at subsequent historical moments.
 
Papers could potentially address the following issues:
  • How do institutions such as museums and archives write and rewrite the history of objects?
  • How do artists, filmmakers, and media practitioners approach revision as a creative practice? What kinds of control can they exert over the reception of their work? 
  • How have legal and political developments influenced debates about cultural patrimony?
  • How have issues of curation, translation, restoration, or transmediation impacted visual objects?
  • How has visual material historically been regulated or censored? How have artists and social groups defied or challenged social and legal prohibitions on visual content and expression?
  • How is visual culture mobilized to establish or contest national identity and/or cultural memory? 
  • How has the meaning of iconic political imagery been appropriated by younger generations of artists or spectators?
  • How does revision indicate and predict shifting politics and priorities in academic scholarship surrounding visual culture?

The above topics and disciplines are not exclusive to contemporary culture. We hope to solicit scholarship that interrogates and illuminates the politics of revision through manifold expressions of material, period, and place.

This symposium invites papers from graduate students and emerging arts professionals in the fields of Art History, Film and Media, Classics, Performance, Literature, Communication, Gender Studies, Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Anthropology, Curatorial and Museum Studies, Philosophy, Journalism, and beyond. By drawing participants from divergent perspectives, we hope to focus both the objects of our research and the critical issues that lend them urgency.
 
To apply, please send a presentation title, abstract of 300 words, and a current C.V. to bayareasymposium@stanford.edu by August 25, 2012.  Selected candidates will be notified by September 7, 2012.