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>From: "Stewart, Dr Janet C." <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Postgraduate Conference on 'Rethinking 
>Complicity and Resistance: The Relationship 
>between Visual Arts and Politics'. Call for 
>Papers
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>Call for Papers. Submission Deadline: 11 September 2009
>
>Rethinking Complicity and Resistance:
>The Relationship between Visual Arts and Politics
>A two-day Postgraduate Conference, University of Aberdeen
>23-24th October 2009
>Sponsored by the Beyond Text Programme, AHRC
>
>"The arts only ever lend to projects of domination or emancipation what they
>are able to lend them, that is to say, quite simply, what they have in
>common with them: bodily positions and movements, functions of speech, the
>parcelling out of the visible and the invisible. Furthermore, the autonomy
>they can enjoy or the subversion they can claim credit for rest on the same
>foundation."
>Jacques Rancière
>
>The long contested issue of the relationship between art and politics has
>lately re-emerged in critical debate, in conjunction with an explosion of
>interest in political theory and the exhaustion of the postmodernist model.
>Recent technological developments have radically transformed modes of
>creation, circulation, assimilation and dispersion of images, reframing
>perception and making investigation of the interdependency of visual arts
>and politics an urgent ethical necessity. Yet now that activism, militancy
>and engaged art are back on the agenda, it is essential to analyse
>contemporary artistic practices and thought in an attempt to discover not
>just what art can say about politics, but what art can and cannot do as
>politics. As many of the critical models developed in the last decades have
>been absorbed and assimilated by the structures they were trying to
>destabilize, as the avant-garde and radical art has become a commodity, as
>revolutionary projects and ideas neutralize themselves and lose their
>corrosive power, we ask: can art be an effective political gesture? And if
>so, how?
>
>This conference invites a critical rethinking of the complementary concepts
>of complicity and resistance: asking complicit with what; resistant to what?
>It does so in the context of current critical debate in the field of
>contemporary visual arts, promoting a provocative and challenging
>exploration of the technical, thematic, and institutional
>possibilities/limitations/implications of artistic strategies aimed at
>intervening in the political.
>
>Keynote Speaker: Zeigam Azizov. Born in Azerbaijan, the London-based artist
>and theorist studied art and philosophy in Azerbaijan, Russia, England and
>France. His work has been exhibited worldwide and he is currently teaching
>at the University of Klagenfurt.
>
>The conference organizers invite papers that explore the relationship
>between contemporary visual arts and politics at both theoretical and
>applied levels. Recognizing the need for an approach that overcomes
>disciplinary boundaries, we welcome abstracts from practitioners with an
>interest in theory, and research students from a wide variety of
>backgrounds.
>
>Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
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>- Revolution / Counter-Revolution
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>- The Politics of Visibility
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>- Artists and Institutions
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>- Physical Traces / Digital Traces
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>- Beyond the Critique of the Spectacle
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>- Boundaries, Migrations, Peripheries
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>- State of Violence / State of Fear
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>- Human Rights and Ecological Collapse in the Global Era
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>We welcome proposals from postgraduate students within and outside the UK.
>We have two bursaries available for travel and expenses; if you would like
>to be considered, please let us know when you submit your abstract.
>
>
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>Please send a 250 word abstract and a brief biographical statement to
>Rachele Ceccarelli ([log in to unmask]) and Lorna Muir ([log in to unmask]) by
>September 11th. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their
>submission shortly after the deadline.
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>Papers will be automatically considered for publication in the first issue
>of Interstices: Critical Interventions in Visual Culture, an online graduate
>journal being established at the University of Aberdeen, with the support of
>the AHRC's Beyond Text Programme.
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>For further information check the webpage www.abdn.ac.uk/visualculture, or
>contact the conference organizers:
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>Rachele Ceccarelli:  [log in to unmask]
>Lorna Muir:  [log in to unmask]
>Emma Grey: [log in to unmask]
>Nicole Plumb:  [log in to unmask]
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