Creative Cartographies and Inherited Aesthetics: Craft, tradition and labour in contemporary fine art practices

Session Convenors:

Ella S Mills (Paul Mellon Centre)

Erin L McCutcheon (Lycoming College)

Please email your paper proposal to the session convenors using the Paper Proposal Form


This session seeks papers that broadly discuss the fine-art practice and aesthetics of artists of the 20th and 21st centuries in relation to their diasporic parentage and heritage. How do different understandings of and approaches to creativity, craft, tradition and labour intersect and manifest in the work of fine artists? What part have feminisms played in the passing on of skills and craft across generations and geographies? How have those creative and/or cultural traditions been treated in formal institutions?

While this session is open to a variety of parent–child interactions, we are particularly interested in examining generational and geographical inheritance from mothers to their fine-art daughters. In what ways have artist-women from these contexts formulated their aesthetic, practice, and subjectivity in direct relation to the traces and influences of their mothers? How have artists negotiated institutional bias around traditional forms of creativity and notions of the ‘domestic’? What role do fathers and sons have in this inheritance?

In addition to scholarly presentations, we also welcome practice-based papers from artists, non-traditional presentations, and critiques that trouble or unpack any of the ideas and terminologies articulated here.

Submit a paper

Please email your paper proposals direct to the session convenors above, using the Paper Proposal Form

You need to 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 the title is what appears online, in social media and in the printed programme.

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

Deadline for submissions: Monday 21 October 2019


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