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December 04, 2008

Imag(in)ing Asia and the Pacific, Cornell University

EXTENDED DEADLINE: December 15, 2008

Call for Papers
Imag(in)ing Asia and the Pacific: Emerging Visualities and Art Perspectives
Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies Annual Graduate Symposium
Cornell University
February 20-21, 2009

Keynote address:
Dr. Melissa Chiu
Director, Asia Society Museum, New York

The symposium addresses the 20th century processes of decolonization, modernization, and nationbuilding that characterized the regions of Asia and the Pacific. These structures are revisited in the 21st century in the wake of globalization, and art practice in recent years has sought to address these questions, variously embracing or resisting their assumptions, politicizing their implications, or challenging discourse around such formulations. Not only are the cities of Asia and the Pacific growing, but have also become major centers of art, with mega-exhibitions and biennales that crucially forge regional identities and affinities. The symposium aims to explore these emerging visualities in the light of the complex, and changing socio-political and economic issues that affect countries, peoples, institutions and practice in the region.

We encourage submissions from currently enrolled graduate students that focus on visuality and can be from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to Asian Studies, Pacific Studies, History of Art, History, Visual Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Studio Art, Architecture, Literature, Theatre, Film, and Dance. Of the many possible engagements with our theme, some include, but are not limited to:

• Classifications, geographies and identities – Possibilities of “Asian? and/or “Pacific? art: art and the archive (Hong Kong), and the museum (Fukuoka, Wellington, etc.).
• Forging regional “cultural? alliances: Inter-Asia theatre, Asia Pacific Triennial, Pacific Arts Festival, etc.
• Art and the city – cities as sites, cities as centers. Global cities and new urbanities (e.g. Shanghai, Mumbai, Auckland, Sydney, etc.) Cities as sites of public art. Exhibitions such as Cities on the Move, Paradise Now?, etc. Biennales
such as Singapore, Gwangju, Sydney and new biennales and triennials being planned.
• Traditional Practices, New Media, and Art against the grain. Negotiation of tradition and technology in practice.
Space for national heritage and culture and emerging alternative spaces/media for art.
• Economies of Art: The movement of art from the region across the global art market and the recent booms. The role of museums, galleries and auction houses.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words for all proposals, along with brief biographical information and special equipment requests if necessary. Submissions should be sent electronically to the organizers, Bernida Webb-Binder and Brinda Kumar (baw78@cornell.edu and bk269@cornell.edu). The application deadline for abstracts is December 15, 2008 in order to be considered for this year’s symposium.

Co-sponsors:
Africana Studies and Research Center • American Indian Program • Asian American Studies • Center for the Study of Inequality • Department of Anthropology • Department of Architecture • Department of Comparative Literature • Department of German Studies • Department of Government • Department of History • Department of History of Art and Visual Studies • Department of Philosophy • Department of Science and Technology Studies • Department of Theatre, Film and Dance • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program • Frank Robinson • Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Finance Commission • Institute for German Cultural Studies • Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies Research Group • Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art • Society for the Humanities • Southeast Asia Program • The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

Posted by zzhu at December 4, 2008 02:23 PM