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Annual Conference 2024 Sessions

Mechanisms of Art History

The slide is the exemplary piece of art historical technology: an object which facilitated the examination of artworks and objects of all kinds in the classroom and the study for decades. With applications for both pedagogical instruction and the work... Read More...

Pedagogy and Practice: The Role and Influence of Immigrant Artist Teachers as Agents and Conduits of Cross-cultural Exchange: 1923-1973-2023

The rich and varied immigrant contribution to British visual culture is an ever- prescient focus of contemporaneous art historical discourse and exhibition culture, and the particular focus of exhibitions and research at the Ben Uri Research Unit (Buru.org.uk ), incorporating... Read More...

Writing Joyishly

Writing is “a means of producing, codifying, transmitting, evaluating, renovating, teaching, and learning knowledge and ideology in academic disciplines. Being able to write in an academic style is essential to disciplinary learning and critical for academic success” (Fang, 2021). In... Read More...

Day Jobs, Second Careers, and Side Hustles: Considering Black Artists’ Creative Self-Support

In a structurally exclusionary art world, Black artists have long had to be creative in funding their artistic practices. They have worked as teachers; porters; curators; public intellectuals; manufacturers; historians; waiters; and social workers; among countless other jobs and professions.... Read More...

Anthropocene Mobilities

This panel addresses travel, migration and the mobility of human and non-human populations, including animals, fungi and plants, in the light of the current environmental crisis. It takes its point of reference from the sociologist Andrew Baldwin, who coined the... Read More...

Art in the Street: Public Performances across Time and Place

In most standard art-historical narratives, public performance art set in the streets is profoundly associated with contemporary art. If it is given a history, this dates back to the 1970s or, at best, to Futurist and Dada interventions in the... Read More...

Beyond the AAH: Groups, Organisations, and Collectives since the 1970s

This conference celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the AAH, an organisation which since 1974 has sought to bring the discipline, as variously practiced in the UK, together. This panel explores less well-known groups, organisations, and collectives that... Read More...

Curating ‘Women Artists’

How are women artists written about in museums and galleries? In what ways do curatorial approaches engage with feminist methodologies? Can complex theories be reflected within short wall labels, or do they inevitably become inaccessible? Should the work of women... Read More...

Exploring Gender-based Violence in Feminist Art

The 1970s were marked by the work of feminist activists who were actively exploring the issue of gender-based violence in their artistic practices. Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in society’s gender stereotypes and has recently been descripted as... Read More...

New Ways of Knowing in Feminist Art Histories

This session examines feminist ways of knowing, such as anecdotes (Gallop), autotheory (Fournier), creative writing (Grant and Rubin), omitted footnotes (Dimitrakaki), gossip (Butt, Chave, Rogoff), imagination (Latimer), intuition (de Mille) and queer formalism (Simmons) as answers to incomplete or inexistent... Read More...

Poised in Performance: the Visual Culture of Dance through Time and its connection with Early Dance Practice

Dance is a significant form of cultural expression in all human societies using movement as a nonverbal communication tool to convey emotions and tell stories. Just as in contemporary dance, ancient dance forms were products of unique social and cultural... Read More...

‘Queer Photography’ Now

‘Queer’ and ‘photography’ are slippery terms, each imbued with a resistance to meaning and definition. But when brought together they appear to promise a stable and consistent history, obscuring the ways in which ‘queer’ and ‘photography’ have changed over time,... Read More...

Reproduction! Networks of Distribution in Archives and Collections of Publishing

This panel proposes to explore various intersections and materialities of publishing – via magazines, small press, artist produced and other affiliated poetry and experimental publications. Frequently described as marginal practices in relation to major artforms in institutional collections; these ephemeral... Read More...

Shifting Grounds: Landscape and Cultural Practice in Latin America

The concept of landscape is linked to the emotional attachment that individuals form with a particular place. This shared experience is a unifying bond among people or social groups within a region that contributes to our sense of place and... Read More...

Subjective Approaches to Sense-Making in Art and Visual Culture

Over recent decades, writing about art and visual culture has typically adopted a ‘critically detached’ stance in which the writer remains more or less invisible in what they write. This approach is increasingly being questioned and extended, however, by scholars... Read More...

The Past, Present and Future of Medieval Art in the British Isles

Where are we with writing the history of British medieval art? The arts of medieval Britain once had a peripheral place in broader histories of medieval art where they were frequently understood as passive receptors of Continental influence. Much scholarship... Read More...

‘A Day With(out) Art History’: AIDS and Art History

In 1981, the Center for Disease Control reported five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among young, previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles — the first official reporting of what would become known as AIDS. AIDS term AIDS is... Read More...

An Era of Walls: Art at the Boundaries of the New Enclosures

After the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of the Cold War, pundits enthusiastically proclaimed the advent of a new borderless future.  Since then, six times more border walls covering the Earth’s surface have now been erected. They... Read More...

Art History and Contemporary Technical and Medical Images

Art history needs to be better at engaging with the wealth of non-art images produced by a diverse range of image-making practices, or risks obsolescence as a discipline. This session builds on the work of scholars such as James Elkins,... Read More...

Art, History, Exhibitions: Re-thinking Relationships

In 1981, American artist and writer Mary Kelly defiantly underlined how exhibitions have become primary tools for dissemination of art. Since the 1990s, following the establishment of curatorial studies, the proliferation of global biennials and the growing status of the... Read More...
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