2017 Call for Papers – Crossing the Boundaries XXV: Constellations of Contact

Crossing the Boundaries XXV: Constellations of Contact
March 24-25, 2017
Binghamton University

A multidisciplinary, multi-vocal academic conference with a global geographic and broad temporal reach, presented by the Art History Graduate Student Union

The Art History Graduate Student Union at Binghamton University invites submissions for the 25th Annual Crossing the Boundaries Conference from any historical or disciplinary approach that consider the ways in which points of contact impact/constitute/engage objects and/or the discipline of art history.  Based on a foundational commitment to crossing boundaries through critical research, this year’s conference aims to explore possibilities beyond, outside, or against linear histories of art and single trajectories of influence in favor of those that consider expanding, decentering, resonances, networks, cross-pollinations, or artist’s agency: constellations of contact.  The broad nature of this topic is meant to reflect and encourage the opening of meaning made possible by re/orienting frameworks of investigation and knowledge production.

Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Hierarchies of spatial protocol
  • Historiography
  • Craft and design history
  • Replication or imitation
  • Questions of the global and how it is constituted
  • Distance and Closeness
  • Royal networks, relations of power
  • Transmission and Translation

Proposals for individual papers (20 minutes maximum) should be no more than 250 words in length and may be sent by email, with a current graduate level CV, to buctbconf@gmail.com (Attn: Proposal). We also welcome proposals for integrated panels. Panel organizers should describe the theme of the panel and send abstracts with names and affiliations of all participants along with current CVs. A panel should consist of no more than three papers, each twenty minutes in length. Deadline for submissions is February 10, 2017.