Modern and Contemporary Postgraduate Colloquium - Queer Conversations: Looking to Art History and Visual Culture - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Modern and Contemporary Postgraduate Colloquium – Queer Conversations: Looking to Art History and Visual Culture

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Modern and Contemporary Postgraduate Colloquium – Queer Conversations: Looking to Art History and Visual Culture

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King's Cross, London WC1X 9EW

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Emily Roysdon, Untitled (Needle) from Untitled (David Wojnarowicz project), 2001-2007, silver gelatin print, 11”x14”. Courtesy of the artist

Organised by

  • Tilly Scantlebury - The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Andrew Cummings - The Courtauld Institute of Art

CALL FOR PAPERS

Queer readings of books, novels, films, paintings, and performances give us our maps, our user’s manuals for finding pleasure in a world more often than not organized around that pleasure’s annihilation.
— Jennifer Doyle, ‘Queer Wallpaper’ (2006)

Jennifer Doyle suggests that queer readings of art and visual culture can be a source of pleasure and hope, or even provide the very means for existence. In this spirit, we hope to explore the possibilities that emerge from putting queer theory into conversation with art history. In what ways can queer visual culture and artistic practices offer more inclusive and diverse ways of living? What does queer visual culture have to teach us about navigating and inhabiting our spaces and environments differently? And, moving beyond Doyle’s suggestion, how do emotions such as sadness, anger, and discomfort figure in queer visual culture and research? Both ‘to talk’ and ‘together’ are the root terms brought together in the term ‘colloquium’, and this year’s Modern and Contemporary Colloquium at the Courtauld Institute of Art will be a space for postgraduates, early career art historians and artists to gather for a series of ‘queer conversations’ concerned with the pressing question of how queer academia might trouble art historical discourse.

Using an intersectional approach to queer art history and visual culture, we are particularly interested in contributions that foreground people of colour, disabled, trans and non-binary voices, as well as wider class and national contexts outside of the UK and North America. We also offer travel subsidies for speakers within the UK and Europe and accommodation for speakers when needed. We invite proposals for 15 to 20-minute papers on a range of topics, including but not limited to:
— emotions: joy, optimism, anger, sadness
— belonging: collectives, networks, family, domesticity
— archives: memory, lineages, remembering and rethinking the past
— institutions: co-option, co-operation, methodologies
— bodies: race, gender, disability, desire
— fantasy: utopias, futurity, speculative fiction — environment: ecology, nationhood, citizenship.

Please send a 250-300 word abstract of your paper along with a brief CV to queerconversations2019@gmail.com. The deadline for submitting is Friday 21st December. We really look forward to hearing from you and will contact you no later than Monday 14th January to inform you of the outcome of your proposal.

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