[artinfo] CFP: Scars: Reflections On Art And Society

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CFP: Scars: Reflections On Art And Society
(Rijeka, 15-16 May 2020)

[ International Conference ]

Call for Proposals: Scars:
Reflections On Art And Society (Rijeka, 15-16 May 2020)

Deadline for submissions:
September 15, 2019 / info at institute.hr 

Scars: Reflections on art and society in Central-East Europe in the 1990s

The conference organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art from 
Zagreb and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka aims to 
bring together established and early career scholars, independent 
researchers, curators and theoreticians who in their research and 
practice deal with different aspects of art and society in Central 
and Eastern Europe in the 1990s. 

The conference will accompany the exhibition "Nineties: Scars" 
(opening: May 14, 2020), featuring artworks from twenty Central-East 
European countries, that deal with social situations and political 
changes of the 1990s that are still present in personal and 
collective memories, and/or visible in the social reality and public 

Since the last decade of the 20th century only recently began 
receiving more scholarly attention in Croatia, the goal of the 
exhibition and the conference is to initiate further interest in 
research of the period, as well as to engage in a dialogue with 
researchers that deal with the countries that share similar or 
comparable political histories and cultural backgrounds. We are 
welcoming presentations based on indepth (art)historical research, 
explorations on individual artists and artworks, new theoretical 
reflections on the well-established topics and issues, as well as to 
those that try to grasp certain phenomena of the period in a broader 
geographic, historical or theoretical framework.

We invite submissions to reflect on and discuss subjects like (but 
not limited to):

- Defining the Region: challenges in defining Central-East Europe as 
a geographic / cultural / political region; Central-East Europe in 
the globalized art world; the exoticisation of the region: 
large-scale international exhibitions of Central-East European Art 
organized during the 1990s; the role of the international curatorship 
in the construction of new narratives on the region; art 
historiography in the region during the 1990s: actors, methodologies, 

- Art and Society: institutional frameworks and new cultural 
policies; influence of domestic and international funding bodies; 
reflections on societal changes; re-defining national cultural 
heritage; interrelationship between the national, international and 
transnational social and cultural spaces in the new countries; 
interrelationship between art and political activism;

- New Organizational and Communication Models: self-organization 
among <https://scca.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=76ce3f84d7f6cf67aabaabb87&id=15b77442f6&e=169ca47f00>arthist.net- 
network for art history artists and cultural workers; the role of the 
"civil society"; transnational artistic and cultural networks; 
mobility of artists and curators; emergence of new technologies and 
its influence on communication models;
- New Artistic and Curatorial Practices and Concepts: the embrace of 
the public space; participatory art; art in context; new media and 
internet art; continuities and innovations in curatorial concepts.

All presentation are limited to 20-minutes. To apply, please send an 
abstract (up to 300 words) and your CV (up to 150 words) to
info at institute.hr not later than September 15, 2019. 

The applicants will be notified about the acceptance of their 
submissions by October 1, 2019.

The conference is free and open to everyone, with no registration fee.

A selection of the papers will be published in an edited volume.
The keynote speakers will be announced by October 1, 2019.

| The exhibition and the conference are organized within the frame of 
Rijeka 2020 - European Capital of Culture.

Institute for Contemporary Art
Trg kralja Tomislava 20
HR - 10000 Zagreb
T: +385916199454
E: info at institute.hr

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