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Saturday, November 7, 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS: Artivism: Art+Activism Across Cultures, 2016 Visual Culture Symposium

Call for Papers Deadline: January 4, 2016
The Art History Graduate Forum at Georgia State University invites submissions for papers to be given at the 6Annual Visual Culture Symposium held in Atlanta, Georgia on March 25, 2015.

Artivism is defined as art that is used to bring about social or political change. We seek papers that investigate the relationship between art as a vehicle for activism. In the current world, we are faced with an extraordinary amount of issues ranging from social, political, cultural, and religious with no end in sight. In this turbulent period, how has art and artists responded? The goal of this symposium is to encourage communication and exchange of ideas on how art has been a catalyst for change.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • ­  The making of art into action 
  • ­  Art(ists) that responds to cultural issues 
  • ­  Ancient art that can be looked at as expressing activism 
  • ­  Exploitation of images 
  • ­  Art that challenges popular ideas 
  • ­  Are there types of artivism­like objects in ancient periods? How are they defined similarly (or differently) to modern activism? 
  • ­  Urbanization 
  • ­  Class struggles 
  • ­  Economic inequality 
  • ­  The need of counterculture 
  • ­  New ways of thinking about activist art.   
While this has many modern implications, this symposium is not bound to any specific time frame. We encourage papers across all disciplines and historical periods. We welcome papers from post­baccalaureate, graduate, postdoctoral scholars, and independent scholars.  
Submissions: Proposals should be no more than 250 words and should include the subject and topics you will be addressing and the significance of your research. The final symposium papers should be 20 minutes in length. All submissions should be sent to 
  • Deadline: Proposals must be received by email by Monday January 4, 2016. 
Successful candidates will be notified of the committee's decision in late January 2016. Confirmed speakers are required to submit their final papers by Wednesday, March 16, 2016.  
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