CFP: “The Copy”

CFP: “The Copy,” a Graduate Student Research Symposium at University of Oregon, April 17-18, 2014. Submissions due: December 20, 2013.

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

April 17-18, 2014

The University of Oregon Department of the History of Art and Architecture invites papers for its 10th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. This cross-cultural, interdisciplinary symposium will explore the theme of “the copy,” interpreted in the broadest sense to include any form of replication, reproduction, or forgery across all time periods, media and geographic regions. While both the art market and the art historical discipline have tended to prioritize the value of the original art object over its copy, an increasingly globalized society saturated with easily available reproductions in a variety of media requires us to reconsider the complex relationship between the copy and its original. Applicants may consider but are not limited to the cultural, theoretical, historical and commercial aspects of this topic.

Potential topics may consider:

Problems of authenticity, originality, authorship, genius and art-world commodification

Forgeries, counterfeits and the art market

The copy’s effect on the transmission of artistic ideas, theories and styles throughout history

Prints and photographic reproductions

Cross-cultural reproduction

Appropriation and the ready-made

Miraculous icons

Digital reproduction, piracy and copyright

Digital art museums

Art education

For consideration, please submit a 250-300 word abstract and curriculum vitae as PDF attachments to by December 20, 2013. Selected participants will be notified by January 15, 2014, and the full paper will be due no later than April 11, 2014. We look forward to your submission.