Art after 1945: At home or homeless?

Session Convenors

Donna West Brett, University of Sydney,

Alix Beeston, Cardiff University,

Sarah E James, University College London,

Olivia Tait, University College London,

Session Abstract

In the wake of radical geopolitical transformation after 1945, numerous theorists have debated the ways in which ‘transnational movements of bodies, objects and images’, have changed our understanding and experiences of home and belonging (Sara Ahmed et al). Art historians and cultural critics have examined the production and reception of art in relation to individual and geopolitical historical and contemporary experiences of exile (Linda Nochlin), migration, immigration and dispossession (Mieke Bal, Anne Ring Petersen, TJ Demos). Others have examined visual and material culture in relation to the state, citizenship, human rights and democracy (Ariella Azoulay).

Recent feminist art history has returned to traditional categories of the home and the obedient or disobedient domestic imaginary, calling for the need to rethink the discipline’s ‘new domesticities’ (Francesca Berry, Jo Applin, Mignon Nixon, Julia Bryan-Wilson). And sociological approaches have interrogated the space of queer migrations, refigured as forms of home and homing (Anne-Marie Fortier).

With such concerns, contexts and debates in mind, this session calls for papers that interrogate art and the expanded field of art history in relation to everyday issues of home and homelessness. We invite papers that explore the concept and visual representation of home in terms of politics, gender or race, as queer, contested, confined, or emancipated. We invite research which foregrounds art’s role in the construction of narratives of belonging; to consider concepts of being at home, of producing social relations and models of communal belonging, or to interrogate conditions of homelessness, ‘unbelonging’, or statelessness.

To offer a paper
Please email your paper proposals direct to the session convenors, details above.

Provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because it will appear online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 5 November 2018

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