This call for papers is for an Interdisciplinary Regional Conference in the North East of England at Ustinov College, University of Durham,
THE ARTIST UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
c. 1950 – present day
taking place on Saturday 14th November 2009.
As we approach the centenary of the birth of Modernism, this conference brings together artists and academics of all disciplines to discuss the nature of cultural theory and artistic practice and the relationship between them.
Our plenary theme is ‘The 1950s and Beyond’. This decade was characterised by several key Modernist movements including abstract expressionism and the International Style of architecture. However, the 1950s also witnessed a growth in questioning the values and presuppositions of Modernism which would later develop into Postmodernism. The 1950s was a time of confrontation, as much in the political and social realms as in cultural theory and praxis. The Cold War presented a stark challenge: how should aesthetic theory and artistic practice engage with politics, if at all? What did the traumas and crises of recent history that were sometimes shrouded in silence mean for art?
James MacMillan (Composer and Conductor, Glasgow)
Nathaniel Coleman (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University)
Gareth Reeves (Department of English Studies, Durham University)
We welcome suggestions for panels, papers and posters on any area relating to our theme, and particularly in the following areas:
The 1950s & art of confrontation
Modernism & postmodernism
The relationship of science and art
The academic artist: putting theory into practice?
Social dreaming and social theory
Counter cultures: theory and practice
Domesticity and gender
With your abstract of no more than 300 words please include the following information:
Name, postal address, email
Institutional affiliation and position (if applicable)
Any audiovisual requirements you might have
Please send abstracts in Word or pdf format to the organisers at
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 15th AUGUST 2009
This event is free and open to all. There may be limited accommodation available at Ustinov College. Please contact us for details.
Department of English Studies
77 Hallgarth Street
United Kingdom Email: email@example.com
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