CfP: Association for Art History Summer Symposium

CfP: Association for Art History Summer Symposium

Issued: Thu, 28 Feb 2019 12:04:00 GMT

Deadline 29/3

The Association for Art History’s Summer Symposium is a two-day annual conference that highlights current doctoral and early career research. This year the Summer Symposium celebrates its twentieth anniversary. The 2019 event will focus on research on photography and other forms of printed matter.

Held at the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews, the conference aims to explore the links between process and product, as well as drawing attention to the variety of different practices and techniques often categorised under the rubric of ‘prints’.

Propose a paper

Topics can include, but are not limited to.

  • The significance and legacy of St Andrews in the history of photography
  • The impact of the replication and reproducibility of images in art history
  • The importance of process on final product e.g. the collaborative nature of printmaking, the role of technology in the creation of art, the different types of printmaking mechanisms (lithography, screenprints, or printing in wax through the medium of sealing)
  • Histories of collecting and curating ephemeral objects, including the role of photography in the museum as a means of conservation or display
  • Practice-led or practice-based approaches to photography and print-making
  • Printed matter in the widest possible remit, including the use of images, captions and illustrations in manuscripts, books, and comics
  • The various purposes and contexts in which photography and prints are deployed e.g. medical, anthropology, scientific, microscopic
  • The role of print making technologies in reception and art history e.g. the photographing of artworks
  • Cameraless photography and the intersection of photography and printmaking
  • Writing the histories and theories of photography

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers which explore these themes or which address any other aspect of legacies of photography and printed matter across history.

As this is the 20th year of the Summer Symposium, there will be a special opportunity to visit the University of St Andrews Photographic Collections.

Please send a Word document with your contact information, paper title, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a short biographical note.

The submission of abstracts is open to current doctoral researchers and early career researchers within 5 years of receiving their doctorate.

Please email paper proposals by 29 March 2019 to: