Recent political junctures have endangered numerous spaces dedicated to socialization, freedom, and dissidence. All around the world, fundamentalist, xenophobic, and discriminatory discourses and practices are crushing difference while generating dispossession, terror, and violence. The emergence of these trends is not a new phenomenon; instead, it is the resurgence and exacerbation of logics of domination that had have been here for a while, albeit relatively appeased. Therefore, we face the development of new forms of domination, which often return to previous hegemonic archetypes – such as fascism – while advancing with renewed force and magnified ideological effects. At different points in history, the arts and their interpretations have been used as instruments for domination and tyranny, but they have also articulated and channeled resistance, envisioning novel forms of creativity and experimental models.
We hope that the XLIII International Art History Colloquium will operate as a forum for discussing and rethinking the function of art and culture under different contexts of oppression, within a broad temporal and geographical frame. Doing so will enable us to understand the historical specificity of different logics of domination and resistance, and to reconsider the past by searching for a more intelligible present. We suggest the following topics:
- Rethinking fascism: historical fascisms, contemporary iterations, and conceptual and terminological debates. Fascist and Republican cultures.
- Rulers: Satraps, dictators, tlatoanis, and monarchs.
- Instruments for domination and resistance: identities, masses, racialities, iconoclasm, gender, religion, class, knowledge, science, and narratives.
- The creation, function, and exhibition of relics.
- The return to “order”: nostalgia and archaisms; myths and mythologies.
- Origins and bio-politics: hygienism, eugenics, and segregationism.
- The instrumentalization of affects: politics of fear and the banalization of violence.
- Revolt and rebellion: uprisings, indignation, rage, and sabotage.
- Logics of domination and resistance in and over bodies: exploitation, dispossession, and feminicides.
- Materialities and media: forms of propaganda, materials, techniques, and mediality; new media and social networks.
- Historiographical perspectives on art and image studies within the context of domination and resistance.
Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish. Each proposal should include a 500-word abstract and a working title. Only one proposal per person will be admitted.
The abstract must explicitly state which are the suggested topics to be developed.
Applicants should also submit a short biography of no more than 150 words specifying their most relevant academic achievements and their affiliation.