Nuart Journal Call for papers Issue II: Eloquent Vandals

Following the successful international launch of Nuart Journal, we are
now calling for submissions for Issue II.

The theme of Issue II — ELOQUENT VANDALS — is a provocative link to
street art and urban culture’s delinquent roots and the “creative joy of
destruction” – evidenced most recently in Banksy and Blu’s high profile
acts of auto-iconoclasm, but also present in a plethora of quotidian,
human scale, unsanctioned urban interventions. The rise of
festival-sponsored neo-liberal muralism sits uneasily with these
ungovernable forms of urban creativity. This special issue calls for
contributions that celebrate the work of street art’s eloquent vandals,
and papers that critically examine attempts to cultivate,
instrumentalise, commodify and ‘protect’ the art of the streets.

We welcome submissions from a broad range of authors including cultural
heritage workers, historians, critics, cultural and human geographers,
political theorists, anthropologists, ethnographers, sociologists,
psychologists, criminologists, curators, artists, writers, taggers,
anarchists, and out and out vandals.

Nuart Journal is a peer-reviewed open access journal available both in
print and online. It presents the work of an international network of
artists, curators, academics, independent researchers and industry
professionals on street art and related topics. It is built on the
foundations of five years of content from the annual Nuart Plus
symposium, based in Stavanger Norway, the world’s first annual symposium
dedicated to street art practice.

Nuart Journal aims to serve as a forum for critical discourse and
commentary on urban art cultures and street art practice, defined as
broadly as possible to include all aspects of both independently
sanctioned and unsanctioned art in public space that does not fall under
the general rubric of traditional public art practice.

Though the journal is intended as a scholarly journal for new and
experimental modes of research as well as traditional academic papers,
it is also a site for artists, curators and independent researchers to
publish articles, conversations, projects and opinion pieces. We welcome
visual submissions and high quality images/photography. All submissions
are peer reviewed.

The journal is overseen by a small group of international co-editors
assisted by an international advisory board.

*Submission Guidelines*

Full papers should be 5000-8000 words, inclusive of citations and
bibliography.

Shorter submissions, including research notes, photo essays and other
visual submissions, experimental or alternative forms of
academic writing, book reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces are also
welcome. Please contact the editorial team if you wish to discuss an
alternative or experimental mode of submission. Papers should follow
Harvard referencing guidelines.

The deadline for consideration for the next issue is January 7th, though
there may be some flexibility with this deadline if negotiated with the
Editor.

Please contact the Editor (editor@nuartjournal.com) for further
information or see: www.nuartjournal.com

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CFP SAS 2019 – 31st Edition of the Society for Animation Studies Conference – Amination is a Place

We are proud to announce that Lusofona University in Lisbon will host the 31st Edition of the Society for Animation Studies Conference.

SAS holds an annual conference at a different international location each year. The upcoming Annual Conference will be held June 17-21, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

For over a century, the art of the moving image has captured and reconstructed our surroundings, simultaneously reassuring and questioning our perception(s) of the real.

Under the theme ANIMATION IS A PLACE , the 31st SAS conference aims to celebrate animation as one of the most vital contemporary forms of visual expression.

We invite practitioners and scholars to address animation as a privileged space within the realm of the moving image, a unique position that allows animators to not only create imaginary worlds but also, importantly, to look at and challenge the world we live in.

Although we welcome submissions on any topic within the field of Animation Studies, this year we particularly welcome a focus on animation practice and theory as a reflection of its time and place, as a tool of cultural expression, and invite proposals to respond to a wide range of topics:

The Impact Of Geography And/Or Cultural Identity On Animation Production

Independent Animation: Case Studies

Globalisation and The Rise Of International Co-Productions: A Platform To Sustain Small Industries Or A Homogenizing Agent Of Aesthetics And Content?

Teaching And Learning: An Education In Animation And Animation In Education

Spatial Constructions: Animation, Architecture, And Place

Expanded Animation, Beyond The Screen: Public Space, Installation,
Exhibition…

Practice-Based Animation Research

Documentary Animation

Animation As Therapy

Animation And Gender, Gendered Geographies

Sonic Landscapes – Sound And Composition In Animation

Cross-Disciplinary And Interdisciplinary Approaches To Animation,
Including Sociological And Anthropological Perspectives

We also inform that the call for papers is already open. All interested
individuals should submit the abstract to:
https://congressos.leading.pt/geral/inserirresumo.aspx?evento=56&formulario=128&lingua=en-GB,
*the deadline is December 21st 2018. *

Proposals will be blind reviewed by a panel of SAS members, and
acceptance will be announced by the end of January, 2019. Please be
aware that spaces for presentations are limited. Late proposals will not
be considered until all other proposals have been read. Late proposals
and non-members of SAS at the time of submission will be given lower
consideration.

You will need to be a fully paid member of the SAS to present at the
conference, but you can submit a proposal for consideration even if you
are not currently a member.

Membership/renewal in the Society for Animation Studies for 2019 is
mandatory for all conference presenters.
For more information on the Society, go to www.animationstudies.org

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SSAF–AAA Research Grant for Histories of Ideas, Art Writing, and Visual Culture 2019

The Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation (SSAF) and Asia Art Archive (AAA) in India are pleased to announce the SSAF–AAA Research Grant for Histories of Ideas, Art Writing, and Visual Culture 2019. This grant, which marks the second year of collaboration between SSAF and AAA in India, emerges from AAA’s ongoing engagement with histories of art writing, and its initiatives to map, compile, translate, and republish texts from various contexts. This grant is in line with SSAF’s commitment to work with cross-disciplinary initiatives addressing the oppressed and the marginalised, and alternative and heterodox practices in the arts and in intellectual work.

The grant aims to:

  • Support research on critical histories of art writing, art-making, and visual culture in twentieth/twenty-first century India and other countries of South Asia, with a focus on their manifestations in print form such as books, journals, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Open research avenues into dalit, feminist, peasant, working-class, and other political histories, viewed as a constituent part of wider discursive fields, specific regional milieu, and the politics of image-making and circulation.
  • Help develop tools and methods for critical art historical analyses of regional discourses and debates in politics and culture, preferably in but not limited to the regional languages.

Researchers are encouraged to propose projects that open new areas of study; offer close readings of images and texts; map circuits of dissemination; and suggest new connections between the visual arts, existing intellectual histories, and social, political, and cultural movements.

 

Grant Focus for 2019

The focus of the SSAF–AAA Research Grant this year is periodicals as a site that shapes perceptions, imaginations, and notions of what constitutes culture and the public sphere. We invite proposals that interrogate how periodicals of different kinds—journals, magazines, little magazines, etc.—contributed to, constituted, and were embedded in the cultural politics of a historical moment. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on how the visual arts—including cover art, illustrations, cartoons, centre spreads, photographs, portfolios, and reproductions of artworks—were positioned in periodicals in different languages and/or different regions. Areas of research may include:

  1. One or more social movements that extended to periodicals and mapping the place of visuals therein.
  2. An interesting moment in the life of one or more periodicals, and the role of visuals therein.
  3. The travel of ideas on arts, aesthetics, and cultural practices within periodicals, and as they occurred via translation between languages.
  4. The intellectual contribution of one or more writers, editors, or publishers who played an important role in the evolution of a periodical, and in the positioning of visual arts within it.
  5. Debates on concepts and categories stemming from regional languages, as reflected in periodicals.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals who are Indian nationals residing in India, or collectives whose members are Indian nationals residing in India.
  • Individuals with relevant academic qualifications; or who are already engaged in research, with access to private or public collections; or who have professional experience in writing/publishing; or activists with years of engagement/experience in their chosen fields.

Deadline for Applications
15 December 2018

Duration of Grant
One year | 1 April 2019–30 March 2020

Grant Amount
Up to INR 3,00,000

Grant Deliverables

  • Report
    A detailed report (of not less than 7,500 words) on the research undertaken, to be submitted at the conclusion of the grant period.
    Suggested appendices, in addition to the report:

    • Interviews of persons relevant to the research (to be submitted in text form in English)
    • Translations into English of select texts used in the research
    • Bibliography of published and unpublished sources used in the research
    • Timeline of the periodical/writer/subject under study
    • Original, digitised, or photocopied material collected during research
  • Presentation/Workshop
    • A public presentation of the research, to be organised by AAA in collaboration with other institutions and organisations (venue and dates to be confirmed)

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Guidelines for Research Proposals/Topics

  • Research proposals with clearly defined objectives and an outline of the significance of the proposed area/topic of research
  • Research topics that are interdisciplinary and attentive to social movements
  • Research topics that engage with regional cultures and languages
  • Research topics that focus on modern and contemporary art and visual cultures
  • Proposals feasible for completion within the given duration of the grant
  • Proposals can be connected to ongoing research, and this grant can be used for furtherance of work that is already under way

Three candidates will be shortlisted for interviews on the basis of their applications. The interviews will be conducted at Sher-Gil Sundaram Art Foundation, Delhi, in March 2019; and one grantee will be selected from among those interviewed by a panel consisting of one external member, one member from SSAF, and one member from AAA in India. Only the selected grantee will be notified, on a date no later than 20 March 2019.

Application Requirements

  1. A cover letter with your name, postal address, email address, telephone number (if available), along with the names and email addresses of two referees with experience in the area of your proposed research
  2. CV no more than two pages/750 words in length
  3. Project Proposal
    An outline of your research project, which should include:
    (i) A brief description in no more than 1,500 words of the intended research and its components
    (ii) Names of sources, libraries/archives/collections, and interlocutors your research will focus on
    (iii) A tentative timeline for the project’s realisation
    (iv) No more than five images of proposed research material in a single PDF file
  4. Budget
    A breakdown of estimated costs for your project based on your proposal and timeline. The proposed budget will not be considered final until vetted by AAA & SSAF in consultation with the selected grantee before the commencement of the grant.

All applications along with supporting documents listed above are to be submitted online only to both projects@ssaf.in and artgrant@aaa.org.hk, no later than 15 December 2018, with the subject line “SSAF-AAA Research Grant 2019.” Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

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Interdisciplinary conference “Critical Zone” — Hamburg, Germany in February 2019.

Start Date:
Thursday, July 26, 2018 – 07:45 to Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 07:45

An international interdisciplinary conference “CRITICAL ZONE” which will take place in Hamburg, Germany on 21-22 February 2019.  Inspired by the works of Bruno Latour the conference seeks to explore the image-theoretical implications of the critical zone concept, asking i.e. what the living conditions for images in the critical zone are, whether images can be understood as mediators between earth and humans or as agents within the critical zone or how images contribute to the transformation of knowledge on climate change. Please see the call for papers below and the conference website for details: www.bildkontexte.de.


Call for Papers

Whilst, led by obvious geo- and biopolitical interests, a fierce fight over the existence and dimension of human-made climate change is taking place in the political arena, the Earth is acting unimpressed. Nevertheless, events like droughts, floodings, famines, melting glaciers and the extinction of species are striking us so directly that it seems impossible to clutch at the distancing dichotomy of nature and culture. Based on the measurable and visible extent of human impact on earth geosciences already invented a new geological era: the Anthropocene. However, its epistemes – like those of other sciences and humanities – seem disposable.

Instead of pursuing dichotomous world views or despairingly taking the escape route of climate change denial into an imagined parallel world, Bruno Latour (2017, 2018) proposes to set out for the ‘critical zone’. The ‘critical zone’ is the thin near-surface layer of earth between the bottom of the groundwater and the tops of the trees. There, rock, soil, water, air, and living organisms constantly interact and constitute through highly complex transformational processes the conditions for all terrestrial life. In this zone, Earth displays its agency relevant to humans. Now it is essential to explore this new territory to understand the inseparable interweaving of humans and terrestrial processes.

Such an exploration raises questions of visibility and display. Therefore, the conference undertakes an image-theoretical expedition into the critical zone to collect evidence to answer the following questions:

  • What are the living conditions for images in the critical zone?
  • Can images be understood as mediators between earth and humans or as agents within the critical zone?
  • Which image strategies arise to stage the new political actant ‘earth’?
  • Do there exist other animalia symbolica (Cassirer) next to humans in the critical zone?
  • How are conditions of visibility in the critical zone configured for its figurative symptoms?
  • How do images form/educate within the critical zone? Ho do they (de-)construct world views?
  • How are images involved in the transformation of knowledge on climate change?
  • How does artistic practice articulate these questions, i.e. as critical pointing gestures and transforming creators?

Please send your proposals for papers (30 minutes) and a short academic CV to Jacobus Bracker and Stefanie Johns until 31 October 2018post@bildkontexte.de. The success of this expedition is crucially dependant on its interdisciplinary composition. There is no limitation to specific periods, cultures or assemblages as – like with the preceding four conferences (http://bildkontexte.de) – historical, cultural, and social contrasts are understood as essential epistemic instruments.

Place and time: Warburg-Haus at the University of Hamburg, 21/22 February 2019.

Organisation: Jacobus Bracker (Institute for Archaeology and Cultural History of the Ancient Mediterranean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Hamburg), Stefanie Johns (Art and Visual Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences,
University of Hamburg).

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Call for Papers: Process in Modern and Contemporary Islamic Art

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Call for Papers: Conference

Process in Modern and Contemporary Islamic Art

Organizer: Martina Becker
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: April 14, 2018

Islamic art history is an object-centered discipline. Its subject matter generally fits into a frame, vitrine, or photograph. But image boundaries are fuzzy. New materialism, thing theory, transregional studies—by now, many approaches have revealed the performative and affective qualities of Islamic artworks. However, the relevance of process as an aesthetic value itself remains, if acknowledged at all, vague.

Have artists who do not necessarily identify with the rubric of Islamic art drawn on the spiritual function of Islamic creative practices as a means of transcendence? Have time-based art forms of the twentieth or twenty-first century revealed performative facets of past Islamic artworks or questioned their objecthood? What were the ethical implications of the objectification of Islamic art at the onset of its modern historiography? Could thinking through process prove a useful corrective? Can this lens on the modern and contemporary period provide insights into the performative aspects of premodern Islamic art?

This conference aims to investigate such questions and to claim ground for the recognition of process in Islamic art and the discussion of the methodological ramifications of its study for Islamic art history and adjacent disciplines. Papers that investigate art that transcends contained form or happens independently are particularly welcome. Other issues of interest include: process as medium in performance art, film, video, and other time-based expressions; the status of the creative act in conceptions of art; and the animation of art works in their afterlife through multiples and reproductions.

To apply, please submit a 250-word proposal and a brief curriculum vitae to Martina Becker (mtbecker@umich.edu) by December 1, 2017. Participants’ airfare and hotel accommodations will be covered by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant, and it is planned that accepted papers will be published as an edited volume or themed journal issue.

Work at Take on Art

TAKE on art magazine has a fantastic opportunity for a high-performing Assistant Editorial Coordinator.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Liaising with new authors and previous contributors for articles for the magazine.
2. Working in tandem with authors to source images for the texts.
3. Proofing text for publication.
4. Working closely with the printing press during the layout and final print of the magazine.
5. Desired Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will bring:

1. A Masters degree in Art History, English, Journalism, or other publishing-related area
2. A minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience in research and/or publishing
3. Excellent communications skills
4. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop with preference for expertise with MAC -operating systems and basic knowledge of HTML.
5. Effective organizational skills, and ability to juggle multiple demands and shifting priorities within a professional environment
6. The ability to work successfully in a team environment and independently to meet deadlines and complete duties
7. Comfortable with working with the latest social media channels
Interested applicants may send in 2-3 writing samples, along with a detailed resume and cover letter at takeonartmag@gmail.com. Salary is attractive and negotiable. #jobs #editorial #oppurtunites