CFP | Emerging Perspectives | UG and PG Masters Conference

19 - 20 March 2020

Call for Papers

The University of Edinburgh and Association for Art History invites Undergraduate and Postgraduate Masters/MSc students to submit proposals for papers and posters at this first Emerging Perspectives in Art History and Visual Culture Conference​ to be held on​ ​ March 19-20, 2020 in Edinburgh.

The conference aims to provide emerging scholars with a platform to present their research at a key moment in their careers. Our emphasis is upon providing a supportive, nurturing environment with mentoring workshops and networking events. Speakers and presenters will have the option of requesting supportive feedback from a panel of experienced academics and museum/gallery professionals.

The conference will consist of sessions carried out in three different formats:
· 15-20 minute papers (approx. 2000-2300 words)
· Pecha kucha presentations
· Poster display

We invite students to submit abstracts for any one of these modes of presentation, following the guidelines provided below.
Presentations and posters may be based on coursework undertaken as part of Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught programmes (essays or dissertations) or developing, future projects. They should have a defined argument and/or address research question(s); be well-supported by primary and secondary evidence; demonstrate independent thinking covering any area of art history or visual culture.
This conference will be especially useful to students developing their dissertations or dissertation proposals, but will also benefit students who want to showcase their recent research and hone their presentation skills.

15-20 minutes papers:

· 2000-2300 word papers with supporting PowerPoint slideshows ·​ ​Followed by 5-10 minutes to allow for questions

Pecha kucha presentations:

·​ ​20 slides and 6 minutes and 40 seconds in length ·​ ​This form of presentation is often used in professional contexts including museums and galleries and may be ideal for students who wish to present shorter or more speculative (e.g. future research) material.
·​ ​For more information on this kind of format, see this helpful blog,

Poster presentations and optional 3 minute presentation:

· Should be of suitable dimensions to be printed on an A2 sheet
· Optional (not required): 3 minute presentation alongside poster
· Poster presentations are frequently used in social sciences and are increasingly common in art history conferences. This format may suit students who prefer visual presentation. The aim is to present your arguments, discoveries or research questions/aims in a succinct and impactful way.
· For more information on this kind of format, see​ or​.

Abstracts of up to 250 words along with institutional affiliation, current year of study and an indication of preference for the format of presentation should be submitted by email  – please include your abstracts in the body of the email, don’t send attachments.

Deadline for paper proposals is ​Monday, 17 February​. Speakers will be notified of a decision by ​Friday, 24 February.