NORDIK Conference of Art History in the Nordic Countries, 24-28 October 2022 (online)

Published 8 April 2022

Call for papers on the topic of “COLLECTIONS” for the 13th triennial NORDIK Conference of Art History in the Nordic Countries (virtual via zoom).

Collections are the basis for art history as we know it. Whether in museums or on the pages of treatises, we bring objects and artworks together and ascribe meaning to them. Through history, artmaking has been deeply entwined with collecting. Collections give power – over history, over art, over taste, and ultimately over the future. Arguing about and intervening in collections can also be a fight for alternatives and other futures, or a way to right past wrongs. Collections are born from creativity, and they can stifle new creations. Many artworks are collections in themselves and the collection itself can be seen as an artwork. No matter the perspective, collections are deeply bound to art history.

The NORDIK Association for Art Historians is hereby announcing a call for papers for the upcoming conference taking place 24.-28.10. 2022 under the heading “Collections”.

Preference will be given to paper proposals that are at a high level of reflexivity and at the forefront of research and practice in art history or related branches of study such as visual culture, critical theory or museum studies. Contributions based upon artistic research and practice are highly welcome.

Deadline for submissions: May 9th 2022

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Steven ten Thije, Head of collections, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Susanna Pettersson, Director General, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

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