Universities Art Association of Canada Annual Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada, 6-8 November 2008.
Session - Regarding Pain: Questions of Representation
Session Chairs - Tamar Tembeck and Claudette Lauzon, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University
Since the late 1980s, artists and theorists have become increasingly attuned to the issues that attend to the representation of human suffering. In this session, we invite papers that engage in the critical debates surrounding the ethics and aesthetics of representing physical and mental distress. What are the limits that human suffering imposes on practices of representation? What tactics do artists employ in order to communicate pain? Why is (private) pain a matter of public exposure? Can certain artistic practices facilitate more nuanced understandings of pain that might contribute productively to larger socio-political debates? Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome on topics that might include illness, injury, war, genocide, terror, and torture.
Please send a 300-word abstract to email@example.com
Deadline for abstracts: 1 July 2008
For further information about the Universities Art Association of Canada, visit http://www.uaac-aauc.com/
Please note: To participate in the conference, you must be or become a member in good standing of the association.
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