CFP | Lockdown Legacy: The Digital Future of the Art and Cultural Heritage World’ Webinar

7 November, 10am - 12pm

The Scottish Society for Art History will host a webinar on Saturday 7 November 2020 to explore the digital legacy of the COVID-19 lockdown on the art and cultural heritage world and the impact it is likely to have going forward. For artists, art historians, curators and all who work in the visual art, cultural heritage and digital sectors, it will examine how practitioners and organisations adapted to lockdown whilst premises were closed and physical activities were not possible, what form reopenings have taken as restrictions eased and if the future for these professions lies increasingly in the digital sphere.

The webinar will share and engage with current research and critical debate in the field. We aim to attract a range of multi-disciplinary papers from a variety of speakers including academics, archivists, artists, digital media officers, educators, information technologists and independent researchers.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

• Digital output during lockdown by public bodies and private individuals • Artistic responses to the lockdown created and / or communicated in digital form • The pros and cons of on-line curating and teaching, whether as instigator or participant • Digital audience engagement, development and response during lockdown and since • Digitisation of collections and on-line interpretation of them • The digital future of the visual art sector • The interface and overlap of physical and digital cultural heritage in the visual arts

We welcome proposals for 5 or 10-minute on-line presentations for the webinar. Speakers will be expected to provide images to accompany their presentation, to be given using Zoom. Instructions on doing so will be provided. Proposals should be in the form of 300-500 word abstracts.

The deadline for proposals is 30 September 2020.

If you would like to discuss the CFP in greater detail or submit an abstract, please contact Alice Strang, SSAH Committee Member, at