[artinfo] CFP: Politicization of Europe: Art as Cultural Diplomacy

Andreas Broeckmann ab at mikro.in-berlin.de
Tue Sep 22 12:28:07 CEST 2015

From: Cristina Ciucurescu <office at euroacademia.eu>
Subject: CFP: Art as Cultural Diplomacy: (Re)Constructing Notions of 
Eastern and Western Europe (Prague, 27-28 Nov 15)

The European Union and the Politicization of Europe conference, 
Anglo-American University, Prague, Czech Republic, November 27 - 28, 
Deadline: Oct 15, 2015

Call for Papers for the Panels: [2] Art as Cultural Diplomacy

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

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.

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          Please 
apply on-line or submit abstracts of less than 300 words together 
with the details of affiliation by 15th of October 2015 to 
application at euroacademia.eu

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

Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: Sessions at The EU and the Politicization of Europe (Prague, 
27-28 Nov 15). In: H-ArtHist, Sep 21, 2015. 

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