Visual Art and Ethnicity: Lessons from The Methodologies of Cultural Studies. (Session being organized for CROSSROADS IN CULTURAL STUDIES, Fourth International Conference, June 29 - July 2, 2002, Tampere, Finland. For information on the conference
Of late, we have witnessed tremendous growth in the scholarship and criticism of ethnicity. In some situations, aspects and dimensions of relationships between groups considering themselves and regarded by others as culturally distinctive are celebrated as the basis for diversity and multiculturalism. Elsewhere, what counts as ethnicity is isolated territorially or purged through the violence of censorship or war. Some individuals, communities, and groups link ethnicity to race and/or nation, while others do not.
Of note is that much of the literature on ethnicity issues from the academic fields of political science, history, sociology and social anthropology (and their respective methodologies, and conferences and journals), wherein scholars investigate how ethnic identity is embedded in certain social and cultural practices. This session proposes to examine the relationship of artistic activity to ethnicity, by surveying how Cultural Studies methodologies can open for discussion and analyze contributions that genres, works, forms, situations, events, and practices of artistic activity (including art writing, art history, curatorship, and collecting) make to constituting, representing, and/or contesting ethnic identities.
Note that a Standard Session lasts 1 hour 45 minutes and will allow for 5 presentations to be made. To submit a paper, please send an abstract of 150 words to the Session Organizer. The deadline for the submission of papers is 1 December 2001.
Dr. Jennifer Way (session organizer)
School of Visual Arts
University of North Texas
P.O. Box 305100
Denton, TX 76203-5100
USA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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