[artinfo] CFP: Art as Cultural Diplomacy: Eastern&Western Europe

Andreas Broeckmann broeckmann at leuphana.de
Mon Feb 10 12:31:59 CET 2014

From: Euroacademia <office at euroacademia.eu>
Date: Feb 7, 2014
Subject: CFP: Art as Cultural Diplomacy: Eastern&Western Europe 
(Berlin, 28-29 Mar 14)

Berlin, Germany, March 28 - 29, 2014
Deadline: Feb 25, 2014

Call for Papers for the Panel: Art as Cultural Diplomacy: 
(Re)Constructing Notions of Eastern and Western Europe

(As part of the Third Euroacademia International Conference 
'Re-Inventing Eastern Europe' to be held in Berlin, Germany, 28-29 
March 2014)

Deadline for paper proposals: 25 February 2014

Panel Organizer: Cassandra Sciortino, University of California, Santa Barbara

Panel Description:

Art as Cultural Diplomacy: (Re)Constructing Notions of Eastern and 
Western Europe The panel "Art as cultural diplomacy" seeks papers 
that explore the function of art (in its broadest definition) as an 
instrument of cultural diplomacy by the state and, especially, by 
nongovernmental actors. The main theme of the session is the question 
of art and diplomacy in Europe before and after the fall of the 
Berlin Wall. Papers are welcome which explore issues related to the 
role of art, diplomacy and the politicization of the European Union 
and its candidate countries, as are those which consider how the arts 
have pursued or resisted East-West dichotomies and other narratives 
of alterity in Europe and worldwide.

The panel seeks to combine a wide range of interdisciplinary 
perspectives to explore how art-its various practices, history, and 
theory-are an important area of inquiry in the expanding field of 
cultural diplomacy.  Selected papers will be invited for publication 
in a book.

Some examples of topics include:
*    How can art serve as a neutral platform for exchange to promote 
dialogue and understanding between foreign states?

*    How can art, including organized festivals (i.e. film, art, 
music.), cultivate transnational identities that undermine 
dichotomies of East and West, and other narratives of alterity in 
Europe and beyond it?

*    The implications for art as an instrument of diplomacy in a 
postmodern age where geopolitics and power are increasingly mobilized 
by image based structures of persuasion

*    How has/can art facilitate cohesion between European Union 
member states and candidate states that effectively responds to the 
EU's efforts to create "unity in diversity."

*    The politics of mapping Europe: mental and cartographic

*    Community based art as a social practice to engage issues of 
European identity

*    The difference between art as cultural diplomacy and propaganda

*    The digital revolution and the emergence of social media as 
platforms for art to communicate across social, cultural, and 
national boundaries?

*    Diplomacy in the history of art in Europe and Eastern Europe

*    Artists as diplomats

*    Art history as diplomacy-exhibitions, post-colonial criticism, 
global art history, and other revisions to the conventional 
boundaries of Europe and its history of art

*    The international activity of cultural institutes

If interested in participating, please send a maximum 300 words 
abstract together with the details of your affiliation until 25th of 
February 2014 simultaneously at cassandra.sciortino at berkeley.edu and 
application at euroacademia.eu

For the complete details of the conference and on-line application please see:

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Art as Cultural Diplomacy: Eastern&Western Europe (Berlin, 28-29 
Mar 14). In: H-ArtHist, Feb 7, 2014. 

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