Decentering art and design history: research, practice, education
15 – 17 June 2023
Organised by the Art & Design Research Lab, Department of Design and Multimedia
University of Nicosia, Cyprus
This conference considers the development of art and design history in the Mediterranean region during the twentieth century. It focuses on how colonialism, postcolonialism, conflicting nationalist ideologies and western discourses of modernity have shaped: a) the development of historiography, b) the methodological and interpretative approaches, including artistic and curatorial, through which history has been written and c) the narrative forms that have been adopted for its articulation.
Taking into account the example of Cyprus where we are situated, we are interested in how art and design historical knowledge is produced in places that experienced colonialism or acted as colonial powers and where cultural identities were shaped through the perspective of the West. Our main question concentrates on whether we can re-imagine the ways of writing the history of art and design in places ridden by conflicts and cultural clashes, such as the Eastern Mediterranean. How can we adopt a critical approach to Eurocentric thought? Is it even possible to displace the West from its privileged centrality, interrogate its validating institutions and write through a lens where local and inherent characteristics of narrating the history of art and design are appreciated?
The Conference is organised by the Art and Design Research Lab of the Department of Design and Multimedia, University of Nicosia. The working language of the conference is English. We welcome proposals for papers and panels of three papers from academics, researchers, practitioners, and postgraduate students. Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) and a short bio by the 15th of January 2023 by following the link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dadh2023
Conference website: https://sites.google.com/view/dadhconference2023/