CFP: Permanent Transition (UC San Diego)

From Joshua Shannon to CAH-Clients:

Call for Papers

Permanent Transition
University of California, San Diego
April 10, 2010

“Art,” as an idea, a product, and a condition, is increasingly defined
through properties of oscillation – movement, fluidity, transition, and
circulation. The art world, particularly during the last few decades, had
generated new and proximate forms of creation and discourse, which have
arguably emerged from the ideas and relations of past modernities. Unfixed
boundaries between exhibition and collection, mobile collections and
evolving archives, these are the marks of art in “permanent transition.”
This conference seeks to further explore and question concepts of
stability, permanence and dominance in contemporary art.

We invite scholars from diverse fields to explore these themes.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Translation, transference, and transition
  • Postcolonialism
  • Modernities of the past, present and future
  • Enframing
  • The archive
  • Collection and distribution
  • The commonplace and multiplicity
  • Meta-language and communication
  • Discontinuity, contingency and precariousness
  • Collaborative practice and theory

We are pleased to welcome Okwui Enwezor as our key note speaker.

Please send a paper abstract no longer than 300 words and a CV to
visarts-conference@ucsd.edu by January 22, 2010.

Conference Coordinators:

Orianna Cacchione and Tara Zepel
PhD Students
Art History, Theory and Criticism
Visual Arts