AAANZ Annual Conference, 7-9 December, Call for Papers (deadline 2 August)

AAANZ Annual Conference, 7-9 December 2011
Victoria University of Wellington
Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus
Wellington, New Zealand

The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand 2011 Annual conference is focused on a single overarching theme: Contact.

‘Contact’ evokes encounters between cultures, peoples and objects and the issues and outcomes they spark. The organisers welcome papers on topics or issues related to this theme, whether these are about the encounter between one culture and another, between viewer and art work or between one artist or art work and another. Participants are encouraged to think creatively about the theme. We welcome proposals that address themselves to resistance and hybridity, intersection and divergence, purity and pollution, and other related questions raised by the theme of contact. We encourage proposals for papers from art historians, artists, critics, curators and post-graduate students.

Okuwi Enwezor (New York and Munich based curator and writer)
Professor Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby (university of California, Berkeley)

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL PAPER PROPOSALS is Tuesday, 2 August 2011. All proposals must be submitted electronically to on the attached Paper Proposal Form.

CONFERENCE STRANDS                                                                                            Papers will be grouped into four broad strands, each addressing the issue of contact.

Cultural – The variety of cultural contacts: cross-cultural contacts between settler and indigenous cultures; contacts between metropolitan and ‘provincial’ centres; hybridity

Material – The materiality of the art work: physical proximity of the art work and the beholder; production; indexicality; collecting, authenticity, reproduction and copies

Social – The complex ways in which social contacts are made: the internet; the social engagement of art with its audiences; exhibition and reception histories and theories; social networks and artistic exchange

Spatial/Temporal – Spatial and temporal proximities: the trans-spatial and trans-temporal potentialities of new media; transnational art histories; how art historians negotiate spatial and temporal distance in their work

POST-GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP (Wednesday, 7 Dec, 12-4pm) Post-graduate students are invited to submit proposals for 10-minute presentations that will be grouped into appropriately themed panels by the conference organizers. Chaired by arts professionals, these panels will offer students the opportunity to receive feedback from experts in the field.

SEEKING POST-GRAD PANEL CHAIRS If you would be willing to Chair a Post-Graduate panel, please send an email indicating your area of expertise to with the subject line: Post-Grad Chair offer.


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