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.

Our Annual Conferences, like all Association events, are open to all. Members receive a discount but you do not need to be a member to present or propose a session or paper, or attend.

Call for Papers

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 number of pre-prepared panels.

Session listings appear below, or you can download a pdf version of sessions.

Paper proposal deadline: Monday 21 October 2019

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


Working Together to Expand the Pool of Art History Students  ‘What’s love got to do with it?’ Queer-feminist desires in researching and writing art histories Walking on Images Troubling Borders: Art worlds in sites of conflict Toxic Masculinity (Classical to Contemporary) Theatre, Art, and Visual Culture in the 19th Century The Visual Politics of Independent Print Media in the Twentieth Century The Real Price: Between art and the (art) market The Institutionalisation of Critique? – Artists’ interventions in the field of heritage ‘The Book of the Future’: Photobooks between disciplines Representing the Nation: The historic and continuing role of national art institutions ‘Queer’ ‘British’ ‘Art’? – Theory and practice since 1970 Portraiture in Digital Culture Political Appropriations Museum for the Global Majority: Expanding the limits of museum practice Matter, (Im)materials and Materiality: On the life of digital artworks Material/Immaterial: The lives (and afterlives) of objects Jewish Visual Culture in Modern Europe (c.1840–1940) Hybrid Marines From Keeper to Maker: British curatorial practices Exploring the Plurality of Artists’ Practices: Artists as dealers and agents Exploring Diversity in Public Sculpture Early Modern Tolerance Cyclical Classical: Rebirths, renaissances, and reinventions of antiquity Creative Cartographies and Inherited Aesthetics: Craft, tradition and labour in contemporary fine art practices Craft and War Climates of Colonialism Changing Approaches to Histories of British Art, 1660–1735 Art, Obscurity, and the Politics of Rescue Art, Labour and Inequality: Interdisciplinary perspectives Art into Pop (Redux) Art History, Theory and Practice for an Ecological Emergency Art Disputes: Conflict and competition across the ages Afrotropes as an Analytical Framework to Expand Art Historical Methodologies of the Black Atlantic? A Foreign Eye: Interwar European photographers abroad



Do I need to be a member to attend or propose or present a session/paper?
No you do not need to be a member to attend or propose or present a paper or session. Our Annual Conferences, like all our events, are open to everyone. Members of the Association receive a discounted ticket price, but standard tickets apply for individuals and concessions (see FAQs about ticket prices and eligibility below).

Can I propose papers for more than one session?
Yes you can propose multiple papers, but you can only present a paper in one session. So if you paper is accepted you will need to choose which session to present in.

Can I convene a session and present a paper?
You can present a paper in your own session, but not in another session.

Do speakers and convenors have to pay to attend?
All delegates, including speakers and convenors must pay to attend (which is standard practice for many academic conferences). There are no specific tickets for speakers and convenors. If you are a speaker or convenor choose the ticket option that applies to you. For example, if you are a student and speaker then opt for the concession/session ticket.

Are there one day tickets for students/concessions?
We offer a fixed-rate ticket for students and concessions from £100. This can be used for 1 day, 2 days or the full 3 days. Concession ticket prices are subsidised and kept as low as possible.

Why is the conference ticketed in this way?
The Association for Art History is a charity and our Annual Conference is run as a sustainable event. Because we often work with University conference offices, who charge us commercial rates, we need to cover event costs, such as venue hire, catering, security, technical and facilities. We ensure that our Annual Conference tickets are comparable to, or cheaper than, similar academic conferences. We keep ticket prices as low as possible and consistent year on year if we can. The ticket prices are set according what our per delegate overheads are, which are determined by venue conference office charges.

What does my ticket cover?
Your Annual Conference ticket includes morning and afternoon refreshments, and gives you access to all sessions, keynotes, receptions and the conference fringe programme, visits and the bookfair. Tickets do not include lunch, evening meals, accommodation and paying visits.

If I want to come for one day only should I specify which day?
Yes please. You should chose the one day ticket for the day you require.

Am I eligible for a member ticket if my institution has organisational membership?
Yes, if you are one of the named people attached to the organisational membership.

Am I eligible for a concession ticket?
Concession tickets apply to delegates, convenors and speakers who are students, retired or on low income (earning below £20,000 per year or currency equivalent). You may be asked to provide proof of your concessionary status when you register at the event.

Will I receive an actual ticket?
You should receive booking confirmation by email. Please retain this and bring it with you (if you forget we’ll have a booking list to check names). When you arrive at the Annual Conference you will need to take your ticket to Registration and pick up your delegate pack, badge and programme.

Can you provide me with a letter  of support/invitation for my visa application?
If you are a confirmed speaker or convenor at the Annual Conference then yes we can provide letters for use for visa application. We do not issue visa letters for delegates who are not convening a session or presenting a paper in a session.

Can I pay to attend just one session/paper?
Whilst we aim to make the event as flexible and accessible as possible for people we currently only offer day-rate options, not tickets for single sessions or papers.

Can I bring a guest to see my session/paper only?
Anyone attending the conference needs to purchase an appropriate ticket and be registered. This is not just our policy but increasingly important in terms of knowing who’s at the event and on the premises at any one time.

Will papers be translated and/or delivered in different languages?
Because this is a UK based academic conference papers are usually delivered in English unless specific arrangements have been made for a translator to be present or the paper to be made available in another language as the request of the speaker or convenor.

Will transcripts of papers be made available after the conference?
We do not currently make available transcripts of papers before or after the event largely because there are so many of them (often over 300) and also because many of the research papers presented are part of an individual’s research practices, and therefore their own intellectual property. The Association for Art History does not own the research presented at the Annual Conference.

How can I contact the organisers with any questions?
For Annual Conference booking enquiries, and other questions, please contact the Association for Art History main office, details for which you’ll find online at www.forarthistory.org.uk

What is the refund policy?
We offer a 30 day full refund policy up until 1 March 2020. No refunds will be made after 1 March. Cancellations made beyond this date will be non-refundable, but pre-paid bookings may be transferable to the next Annual Conference depending upon circumstances.

What is the Annual Conference like?
It is a 3-day international annual academic conference that hosts around 40 sessions and 300 research papers about art, art history and visual culture. There are also keynotes presented by prominent people involved in arts, humanities and culture. Keynotes are often followed by evening drinks receptions. The conference includes a fringe programme of sessions focused on areas of professional development or practice, local visits & tours, workshops, film screens and exhibitors.

The Annual Conference hosts international research and delegates from all around the world. Delegates are often university or college academics, curators, researchers, doctoral and post-doctoral students, artists and other practitioners and anyone else with a research interest in art history and visual culture. Publishers and editors also attend and exhibit at the conference.