Anatomising the Museum Seminar

Open Seminar 
Anatomising the Museum: 
Contemporary Art & Museum Collections 
Thursday 26 November, 9:00–18:30 
Glashuset, Valand Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden

Anatomising the Museum brings together international artists, curators, researchers and museum professionals to probe at the effects of interventions and incisions in museum collections by contemporary artists. Why are we encountering increased examples of museums engaging artists to work amidst or from their collections? How critical can artistic interventions in collections be when they most often occur at the invitation of the museum? What forms of critical curatorship are authored when museums engage artists to work amidst its practices? Are the procedures of the museum anatomised or consolidated through such projects? Through convergence of art-criticality and heritage-criticality this seminar investigates interpretation and intervention, critical curating and quasi-curatorial methods as effects and methods of artistic intervention in and through museums’ collections and their practices.
Lauren F. Adams, artist and Associate Professor, Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (USA), Sara Barnes, independent curator (DE), Christine Borland, artist and Professor at Northumbria University (UK), Mary Coble, artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Valand Academy (SE), Martha Fleming, art and sciences specialist, Reading University (UK), Lisa Sputnes Mouwitz, Director of Gothenburg Medical History Museum, Matty Pye, Curator Adult Programme, V&A Museum (UK), Miranda Stearn, Head of Learning, The Fitzwilliam Museum (UK), and others.
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The exhibition Helt sjukt! (Totally Sick!) by the MFA: Fine Art Programme at Valand Academy opens to the public 22 April 2016 at Gothenburg’s Medical History Museum. This is event is co-organised by the MFA: Fine Art Programme, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg and Gothenburg Medical History Museum, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
Master of Fine Art Programme Leader
Research Representative: Fine Art

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Valand Academy: Artistic Practice in Film, Photography, Fine Art and Literature at the University of Gothenburg.
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New CFP | Arts & International Affairs

AIA: Arts and International Affairs

CALL FOR PAPERS Arts and International Affairs interrogates the nexus between the arts, politics and markets through a global perspective. Situated within an international context, the arts encompass the performing, creative and visual industries in the global political economy. AIA’s interdisciplinary style seeks to capture the intersections between people, their creations, their services, and institutions. AIA publishes commentaries on artistic works that transcend various borders and provoke local, national and transnational engagement.

We seek three kinds of submissions:

Long-form Scholarly Articles: These articles demonstrate the international implications the arts and international affairs have on one another. Long-form scholarly articles typically run 8,000 to 10,000 words and emphasize robust interdisciplinary scholarship. Multimedia Works Works accepted for the multimedia section include film and video, photography, audio files and interactive web-based displays and installations.

This list is not exclusive and contributors are encouraged to submit other media if the work speaks to the journal’s vision and breadth of coverage.

Brushstrokes: The “Brushstrokes” section contains shorter essays in the 1,200 to 1,500-word range written in op-ed style. “Brushstrokes” submissions usually address the international implications of current topics.

A peer-reviewed open access academic journal on an online platform, AIA engages issues through textual articles and a multimedia section. AIA will be cited in the leading global reference database provider EBSCO, available in over 70 countries.

Submissions can look at any regions or art form. AIA’s coverage of the arts does not preclude any particular form, but also actively encourages non-Eurocentric preoccupations.

Potential contributors are encouraged to visit AIA’s website: Please direct submissions and inquiries to

Editorial Board Seyla Benhabib | Yale University Françoise Benhamou | Université Paris 13 Mira Burri |World Trade Institute, University of Bern Victoria de Grazia | Columbia University Amitai Etzioni | The George Washington University Patricia Goff | Center for International Governance Innovation, Canada Toby Miller | University of California, Riverside Andrew Moravcsik | Princeton University Christine Sylvester | University of Connecticut David Throsby | Macquarie University Zach Marschall Managing Editor Arts and International Affairs

Call for abstracts: PhD Symposium in the creative arts

A symposium for PhD students in the creative arts 21-22 January 2016

Nottingham Trent University

This symposium will focus on the challenges encountered by researchers-practitioners when conducting and presenting research that involves creative practice. It intends to be ‘field neutral’, relating to work across art, design, media, performance, and writing.

PhDs that involve creative practice present particular challenges that may make themselves evident as knotty questions in the student’s mind:

• What research tradition am I part of – does it have any rules?
• What precedents can I appeal to in framing my research process?
• How can I do justice to my experiences in reporting my research?
• Are there risks in using ideas from other fields?
• How can I build claims to knowledge from experiences/ artefacts/ actions?
• What are valid material forms for my thesis?

If these or similar questions resonate with you as a PhD researcher join us in Nottingham on 21st-22nd January 2016, to hear keynotes from Henk Slager, Stephen Scrivener and Rickard Lindqvist, to participate in discussions, to socialise with other PhD candidates and supervisors, and to experience the city of Nottingham.

If you are a PhD candidate, the presentations and discussions will help you develop your view on your research – please respond to the Call for papers below.

If you are a PhD supervisor, please come and join us too – the symposium will help you guide your students on their research journey.

To facilitate travel and reduce costs, the symposium will start after Midday on 21st and finish by the early afternoon of 22nd January.

Registration will open on 7th December. Symposium rates are: Students £45 (scholarship-funded) and £15 (self-funded). Faculty £55. This will cover refreshments on both days and lunch on 22nd January.

Call for papers: If you would like to present a short paper on your work, please send a 300 word abstract to Dr Iryna Kuksa ( by 30th November. To help to shape the symposium, please address one or more of the questions above. The presentations should be 15 minutes long and PowerPoint / AV facilities will be available.

Call for papers: Fourth Performance Studies Network International Conference, 14-17 July 2016

Call for Papers

Fourth Performance Studies Network International Conference
Bath Spa University, 14–17 July 2016

The international Performance Studies Network comprises professional and amateur musicians, scholars working in a range of musicological disciplines (including music history, analysis, psychology, pedagogy, ethnomusicology and composition), and colleagues from the creative industries. The fourth international conference of the Performance Studies Network will be held at Bath Spa University, Newton Park campus, from 14 to 17 July 2016. The aim is to debate theories, methodologies and practices of performance, and to engage with increasingly diverse, interdisciplinary developments in the field in order to encourage a more global perspective on performance studies.

Professor Neil Heyde (Royal Academy of Music) will lead a keynote session with the Kreutzer Quartet on ‘Inventing an ensemble identity’. This will explore the Quartet’s long-term relationship with Professor Michael Finnissy (University of Southampton) in building a repertoire, and it will also detail the Quartet’s experience in commissioning a new work from Dr Laurie Bamon which responds to textural ideas of presence and absence. A concert featuring these composers’ works will be given on Saturday 16 July.

Professor Peter Wiegold (Brunel University) will lead a second keynote session ‘Leadership and ownership’ which will include a performance by his ensemble, Notes Inégales, featuring guest artists Hyelim Kim (Korean taegŭm flute) and Cheng Yu (Chinese pipa/Qu-chin). This session will investigate shared practice across boundaries, notions of leadership and layers of ownership. A special session on ‘Performance pedagogies: cross-cultural approaches to learning’, led by Dr Henry Stobart (Royal Holloway, University of London), will involve further investigation of global perspectives on music performance with contributions from these musicians and Chartwell Dutiro (Zimbabwean mbira).

Proposals are invited for individual papers, research reports and special sessions on any area in the field of musical performance studies, addressing as wide a variety of topics and methodologies as possible, including (but not limited to):
• Creative processes of composed/improvised/memorized traditions;
• Perspectives from composers/listeners/performers, including historical, analytical, psychological, pedagogical and philosophical;
• Notated/recorded/live music including embodied and gestural approaches, the role of technology in experimentation, auditory streaming, visual music, multimedia, social media, intertextuality and intermediality;
• Contexts of performance: performer/audience relationships, community music, music and familiarity, people and places.

Duration of presentations
·      Individual papers: 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion
·      Research reports: 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion
·      Special sessions: 90 minutes in total, including discussion

All proposals (abstracts) should fully and clearly describe the topic of the presentation and should include the following information:
·      Background
·      Research questions
·      Aims
·      Summary of content
·      Significance

For individual papers and research reports, a proposal of c. 500 words should be submitted; in the case of special sessions, the proposal should be c. 1,000 words. Please indicate whether or not the presentation will involve live performance, and if so what instruments and repertoires are envisaged.

No names or other identifying information should appear on proposals for individual papers or research reports. In contrast, the names of all intended participants in special sessions should be stated.

When you submit your proposal you will be asked to identify:
·      Type of submission (i.e. individual paper, research report, special session)
·      AV requirements
·      Special requests for space/equipment for performance during the paper/session. (Please note that Bath Spa University cannot guarantee the availability of special space or equipment although every effort will be made to accommodate such requests.)

Proposals should be submitted to EasyChair by 12 midnight GMT on Friday 30 October 2015. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Programme and registration
The conference programme will be announced in January 2016. The total conference package, including accommodation, meals and performance events, will cost £450 (£390 for eligible students). This early bird rate applies until 1 April 2016. Thereafter total conference packages will be £515 and £415, respectively.

Further information can be obtained from Amanda Bayley (

Programme Committee: Amanda Bayley (Chair), David Gorton, Roger Heaton, Laudan Nooshin, John Rink
Conference director: Amanda Bayley
Conference website:

The Performance Studies Network is hosted by the Cambridge Centre for Musical Performance Studies. See for details of the previous three PSN International Conferences held at the University of Cambridge in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Amanda Bayley
Professor of Music
Bath Spa University
Newton Park, Bath, BA2 9BN |

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BSA 2015 Conference: discounted registration ends soon

British Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference

Homerton College, Cambridge, 18-20 September 2015

A reminder to book by 15 August for the early bird fees, BSA member discounts, and generous postgraduate subsidies:

Student BSA member packages from just £30, or £50 including accommodation.
Non-student BSA member packages from £115, or £190 including accommodation.
Non-member packages available from £77.50.
All refreshments, lunches and dinners are included.

For all bookings made after 15 August, standard registration fees will apply: £300 (students £150) including accommodation; or £180 (students £90) without accommodation. Registration closes 1 September.

Paul Boghossian (New York University), Should we be objectivists about aesthetic value?
Catherine Elgin (Harvard University), Reasons in Aesthetics

Christopher Bartel (Appalachian State), The Ontology of Musical Works and the Role of Intuitions
Ben Blumson (Singapore), Metaphorically
Anthony Cross (California), Trading Up in Relationships with Art
Anthony Fisher (Manchester), Musical Works as Structural Universals
Jonathan Gilmore (New York), The Problem of Discrepant Affects
Julia Langkau (Konstanz), Learning from Fiction
Jason Leddington (Bucknell), The Experience of Magic
Bence Nanay (Antwerp/Cambridge), Modernism and Pictorial Organisation

The Sublime
Emily Brady (Edinburgh), The Sublime and the Self; Tom Cochrane (Sheffield), Is the experience of the sublime an emotion?; Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex), How to feel a judgement: the case of the Kantian sublime.

Catharine Abell (Manchester); Greg Currie (York); Stacie Friend (Birkbeck).

Author Meets Critics: Kendall Walton’s In Other Shoes
Paloma Atencia Linares (UNAM); Margrethe Bruun Vaage (Kent); Eileen John (Warwick); Derek Matravers (Open University); Kendall Walton (Michigan).

Aesthetic Obedience & Disobedience
Hanne Appelqvist (Academy of Finland / Helsinki), The Quest for a Common Standard. Kant and Wittgenstein on the Rules of Art; Jonathan Neufeld (College of Charlston), Aesthetic Disobedience; Brian Soucek (UC David School of Law), Artwork Exceptionalism.

Alexey Aliyev (Maryland), What Instances of Novels Are
Tom Baker (Nottingham), Transparency, Olfaction and Aesthetics
James Camien McGuiggan (Southampton), Abstraction and Predicting Aesthetic from Moral Properties
Kathrine Cuccuru (UCL), Aesthetic Attention
Robbie Kubala (Columbia), Could it be Worth Thinking About Proust on Love?
Clare Leigh (Melbourne), The Fictional Author
Panagiotis Paris (St Andrews), The Empirical Case for Moral Beauty
Madeleine Ransom (British Columbia), Frauds, Posers and Sheep
Nils-Hennes Stear (Michigan), Meriting a Response: Accounting for Seductive Artworks
Michel-Antoine Xhignesse (McGill), Titles Unnamed

Programme subject to change

Programme Committee: Murray Smith (co-chair, Kent), Dawn Wilson (co-chair, Hull), Maria Alcaraz-Leon (Murcia), David Davies (McGill), Fabian Dorsch (Fribourg), Jonathan Gilmore (CUNY/Baruch College), Louise Hanson (Cambridge), Katherine Thomson-Jones (Oberlin), Lee Walters (Southampton).

British Society of Aesthetics
BSA annual conference: Homerton College, Cambridge, 18-20 September 2015