2020 Annual Conference

1-3 April 2020

Newcastle University & Northumbria University


In 2020, Newcastle University and Northumbria University will co-host the Association for Art History’s 46th Annual Conference. The 2020 Annual Conference will be held across both campuses in the city centre and will include many opportunities to explore the vibrant cultural landscape of the North East of England. In addition to academic sessions and research papers, we anticipate that the 2020 Annual Conference will include a mix of events including artists’ film screenings, performances, roundtable discussions, and site visits.


Both universities have firm roots in the studio practice of art and we especially welcome session proposals from practitioners and researchers whose work engages with questions around making and doing and the relationship between theory, history, and practice. Newcastle and Northumbria trace different histories through the nineteenth-century art department and mid-twentieth-century polytechnic college, which prompts us to consider the evolution of art education and its intersections with other disciplines, including cultural studies, design, film, and fashion.


Annual Conference sessions are usually framed in the standard format of eight, 25-minute papers, presented over a single day. We can accommodate alternative session formats, such as film screenings and open discussions, providing that they fit with the standard time-tabling structure. For the 2020 Annual Conference we will also be accepting a limited number of pre-prepared panels. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to discuss an alternative format session.


We welcome all proposals, particularly around the relationship between theory, history, and practice. We  welcome session proposals made by single or multiple convenors who may offer different perspectives (e.g. co-convenors from different subject areas, institutions, and/or countries).

Session proposals should include a title and abstract (no longer than 250 words), and the name(s) and contact details of the session convenor(s). If your session proposes an alternative format, please give as much detail as possible in the proposal. Titles of session proposals should state clearly what the session is about or aims to explore: this will help both with the call for papers, and with the publicity for the final session programme and with the call for papers, or other contributions, such as a performance, image essay, conversation etc. We encourage proposals for sessions that engage with the field in its broadest sense, and which will generate an exciting and challenging range of contributions.


1 May 2019: please submit session proposals by email.

The 2020 Annual Conference is organised and co-convened by
Association for Art History – Claire Davies and Cheryl Platt
Newcastle University – Fiona Anderson and Northumbria University – Victoria Horne