CFP: Researchers in Theory and History of the Arts (Buenos Aires, 17-19 Oct 18)

Buenos Aires, October 17 – 19, 2018
Deadline: Jun 1, 2018

[Spanish version below]

The Argentine Center for Art Researchers (CAIA) convenes the IV Meeting of Young Researchers in Theory and History of the Arts. The event will take place on October 17, 18 and 19, 2018 in the autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

Among the objectives of the CAIA is the promotion, dissemination and circulation of research in the arts. In keeping with these purposes, the call is aimed at researchers in training, with undergraduate degrees in course or completed, master’s and doctoral students who are currently studying their postgraduate studies. The Encuentro is proposed as a space for critical debate for individual or group research, inserted at the same time in the broadest debates in the history of the arts, their theories and their methods.

Thematic areas

Practices and circuits
– Collecting, consumption and art market.
– Criticism and cultural journalism.
– Processes of artistic institutionalization: academies, workshops and training of artists; exhibition spaces, market, exchange and circulation of the arts.
– Art and public space.
– Art, religion and sacredness.

Theories and methodological approaches
– Historiography and methodology problems.
– Discussions about the category of work of art, aesthetic object and image.
– Problems of materialities, languages, genres and representation.
– Images and visual culture: the image, its means of reproduction and supports
– Art, body and gender issues.
– Art and politics: history, memory and visual discourses. Continue reading “CFP: Researchers in Theory and History of the Arts (Buenos Aires, 17-19 Oct 18)”

Call for Papers: Arts Special Issue — Art Markets and Digital Histories

Arts Special Issue: Art Markets and Digital Histories

Deadline: Jun 15, 2018

A Special Issue of Arts will investigate the promises and pitfalls of current digital methods in studying the history of art markets. New technologies are becoming integral to research in the humanities and social sciences and this invites a reflection on the use of these methods and techniques in art market studies. Our aim is to explore the different strategies that scholars employ to navigate and negotiate digital techniques and data sources, particularly when combining different datasets and types. Furthermore, the wealth of digitized historical data on objects and agents in art markets is rapidly expanding, and this data is increasingly published as Linked Open Data. Two recent historiographical trends make the use of Linked Data particularly relevant to art market studies.

First of all, the history of art markets has since long been studied through economic, social, and cultural lenses. While some scholars opt for the one or the other, others try to integrate them through the topics of, for instance, intermediaries, market mediation, and valuation processes. Open access to digital assets from art museums, archives, and libraries provide the opportunity, in the form of linked data and combined sources, to test cross-overs between research domains and thereby expand our understanding of art markets as socio-cultural as well as economic phenomena. But translating the promise of Linked Data into actual conceptual leaps in the field requires careful design of data models and methodologies.

The second trend also concerns the boundaries of the art market, but on a spatial level. The geographical reach of historical art market studies has been extended beyond Europe and the United States to include Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. At the same time, scholars have developed increasing interest on themes such as cross-border trade and networks, global vs. national vs. local, and migration and mobility patterns. In theory, digitization and linked data provide excellent opportunities for advanced cross-border and comparative analyses, but in practice it has proven difficult to systematically link or compare data across borders and languages.

For this issue, we seek contributions that present a historical research question relevant to art market studies. We are particularly interested in contributions that reach out to other domains (be they time, place, or societal), and that place emphasis on combining and using multiple sources or data types (linked or not linked). There are no limitations as to place or time, as long as the papers are explicit on their research processes with regards to data, techniques and methods. Continue reading “Call for Papers: Arts Special Issue — Art Markets and Digital Histories”