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 Call for Papers: Charged Circuits

 Call for Papers

Charged Circuits: Questioning International Exhibition Practices

14-15 March 2008
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Keynote Speakers:
Doryun Chong, Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis
Scott Burnham, Creative Director of the upcoming of the Biennale de Montréal 2009

Deadline for paper proposals: January 11, 2008

Graduate students from all disciplines, including art history, visual arts, curatorial and museum studies, communications, film studies, cultural studies and history, are invited to propose papers for Charged Circuits: Questioning International Exhibition Practice.

This two-day symposium seeks to critically assess the recent proliferation of international exhibitions and their growing influence on the discipline of art history. What are the implications of this expanding transnational exhibition practice? Is this practice really the reflection of a “new internationalism”? Which artists and curators are privileged within the global exhibition circuit, and why? What are the power dynamics between global economy and local communities? What part does nationalism play within transnational exhibitions? And in what way have international exhibitions affected how art history is written today?

Broad possible topics could include:

• the relationship between art practice and globalization;
• contemporary art biennials as the new art history;
• national representation within international exhibitions;
• the “internationalism” of transnational exhibitions;
• international exhibitions as utopian project;
• economic and social effects of biennials;
• cultural tourism and international exhibitions;
• the experience and/or role of the artist within the international exhibition system;
• the role of the curator within the international exhibition system;
• the evolution of global exhibitions from the 19th century to today.

What to Submit

• A 300-word abstract (Papers may be presented in English or French)
• 150-200-word biographical note
• Contact information (university affiliation, complete mailing address, email)


• January 11, 2008 (Applicants who are accepted will be notified by January 31, 2008)


Please email or send paper proposes to:
Tatiana Mellema and Jacqueline Sischy
Art History Graduate Student’s Association (AHGSA)
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, EV 3.784
Montreal. QC H3G 1M8
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This symposium is supported by: Concordia University’s Department of Art History and the Art History Graduate Students Association.