CFP: 5th Congress of Art History – Legacies / Debates / New Perspectives (Lisbon, 18-20 Oct 2023)

The Portuguese Association of Art Historians (APHA) is currently promoting the V Congress of Art History, with the theme “Art History: Legacies, Debates and New Perspectives”. This gathering aims to encourage and affirm the area of Art History in the national scientific environment and to project it internationally. We therefore appeal to the active participation of all those who make the discipline their modus vivendi, such as researchers, scholars, teachers, students and other professionals connected with heritage, whether in monuments or museums, or in town councils, libraries or archives.

Interested in discussing and reconsidering the concept of the discipline, its own work methodology and the main challenges faced today by the art historian, APHA proposes three distinct areas of reviewing: the theoretical inheritance received by the local Art History; the current debates and research paths; and the new directions of Art History, at an international level.

Of the three topics, subscribers to the TIAMSA list will be particularly interested to read about Topic 3 – New Perspectives:

In the 21st century, Art History has been able to adapt itself to the new challenges of society and to reinvent itself by expanding its disciplinary branches. What is the place of Art History in the digital world? What are the limits of Art History? How will it take advantage of the emergence and competition from other scientific areas such as Conservation and Restoration and Museology? How will it accommodate the themes of Art Markets or Art Curatorship in the coming years? What space will be reserved for it in the field of Digital Humanities? Are the foundations and the purposes of Art History eventually at risk?

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