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. Conference sessions will engage with research and 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 will comprise of six, 25-minute papers, presented over a single day, and they may accommodate alternative session formats, such as film screenings and open discussions. The 2020 Annual Conference we will also host a limited number of pre-prepared panels.

The deadline for session proposals has now passed. Call for papers will be online soon.

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