New Voices 2010
Art and Tradition
6 November 2010
University of Birmingham
Tradition. The action of transferring or ‘handing down’, from one to another, or from generation to generation; transmission of statements, beliefs, rules, customs, methods or the like, for instance by word of mouth or artistic practices.
Art is inextricably linked to, and governed by, the traditions established by both the artistic practices of the time and of the society in which it was created, whether in keeping with or breaking from them. A sudden deviation from customs can have huge ramifications for artworks while a stable society can give artists the freedom to create pioneering works which break from artistic conventions.
This conference will explore the religious, social and political traditions that can affect the production of art. In addition, it will look at how art historical conventions whether of practice, medium or composition inform the art of a specific cultural moment.
The New Voices postgraduate conference, now in its eighth year, is organised by the Student Members’ Committee of the Association of Art Historians. This one-day conference offers an opportunity for postgraduate students to present their research in an informal, supportive and stimulating atmosphere. We seek proposals for papers under the title of ‘Art and Tradition’.
Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
• How the workshop and guild systems can operate as an obstacle or catalyst for change
• The ways in which art can be used as a transformative social and political force and how times of change affect artworks.
• How notions of progress within art history establish traditions and genealogies, and how the discipline has responded.
• How traditions are challenged within artistic practices and mediums.
• The importance on non-written traditions within art practices and movements
We welcome abstracts of 250 words, accompanied with contact details and affiliated institution.
Submissions may only be accepted from existing AAH members; to join please go to www.aah.org.uk/membership/index.php
*The submission deadline has been extended until 8 September 2010*
Applications should be sent to Elizabeth Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘New Voices Proposal’ as the email’s subject.
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