We invite submissions for an interdisciplinary symposium on art and/as sabotage, destruction, and radical revision. We seek proposals that extend and challenge traditional notions of the term vandalism as it relates to art and which propose new ways of understanding the violence of artistic production or the violent changes that occur in objects over their histories. Topics include, but are not limited to: natural or accidental destruction; economically and politically motivated destruction; vandalism as ritual; iconoclasm; censorship; over-painting and the methods for its reversal; the appropriation and confiscation of art; interventions in built and natural environments; graffiti art, tagging, and street art; destruction as a form of creation; and the relationship of conservation, preservation, and restoration to defacement. We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their studies, working in any discipline. Please email your cv and a one-page abstract to Melissa Renn, Symposium Coordinator, Department of Art History, Boston University at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2007. We will notify selected speakers by January 1, 2008.
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