AHA Annual Symposium 2016-17

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Symposium Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

The University of Oregon’s Department of the History of Art and Architecture invites papers for its 13th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. This cross-cultural, interdisciplinary symposium will explore the relationship between art and politics interpreted in the broadest sense to include considerations of political art across a variety of regions and time periods. We invite graduate students of all disciplines and areas to submit papers.
Political power and the visual arts have long been intimately intertwined. Across many cultures, artists have taken on active roles in the political sphere, either by upholding the status quo through official state patronage or engaging in active artistic protest or resistance. The political influence of art is not limited by overtly political imagery, as many works have involuntarily formed sites of debate, controversy, and change. Proposed paper topics may address, but are not limited to, the relationship of art to identity politics (including considerations of the body, gender, and race), political satire in visual culture (e.g., cartoons, prints), spatial power (e.g., nationalist architectural styles), art’s role in revolution and protest (e.g., posters and graffiti), and political propaganda of parties, states, or regimes (e.g., campaign ephemera).
The Symposium will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. Graduate presentations will take place during the day and conclude with a keynote lecture.
For consideration, please submit a 300-word (maximum) abstract and a curriculum vitae as PDF attachments to uosymposium@gmail.com by January 1, 2017. Selected participants will be notified by February 1, 2017, and the full paper will be due no later than April 10, 2017. We look forward to your submissions.
Please contact Alexa Goff, Symposium Co-Chair, at uosymposium@gmail.com with any questions.

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