Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Art History

Call for Papers | Graduate Studies

24th Annual Art History Association Graduate Symposium

Indiana University, Bloomington

Call for Papers

Envisioning the Urban Sphere: Aesthetics of Power, Patronage, and Civic Life
April 5th, 2014

Keynote by Dorothy Metzger Habel, PhD University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleExtended

Deadline for proposals: February 22, 2014

From time immemorial, the urban sphere has proven to be a fertile environment for artistic production. Indeed, the visual evidence for the engagement with urban life includes civic/political propaganda, urban design and maps, images of the city, and the creation of both sacred and profane spaces. This symposium will therefore explore the ways in which art and architecture have interacted with the larger urban fabric. We encourage papers that address the topic of art and architecture created for an urban context.
Submissions may cover any time period or culture, from the ancient city to the contemporary urban center, Western or non-Western.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Monuments and monumentality
Architecture and the urban fabric
Urban design and planning
Establishment of public spaces
City and empire
Transformation and re-appropriation of public space
Urban interactions with the natural landscape
Forms of patronage
Civic identity
Conflict and city spaces
Relationship between workshop and patron

Selected presenters will be broken up into three-person panels with each presenter allotted 20 minutes. A Q&A session will follow each panel. We encourage people from all art historical periods to participate. Please submit a 300-word abstract and title for your presentation and a CV by February 15, 2014. Please email submissions or questions to Trista Porter at Notification of accepted presenters will be made by early-March.