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Art, the Sacred, and the Profane

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Submission deadline: November 10th, 2015 11:59 PM EST
Conference date: February 12th – 13th 2016
Concordia University, Montréal, Qc
EV-1.605

“Holiness is the great word in religion; it is even more essential than the notion of God. Real religion may exist without a definite conception of deity, but there is no real religion without a distinction between the holy and the profane.”

Nathan Söderblom

The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History is proud to present its 5th Annual Undergraduate Art History Conference. This year’s conference will focus on the topic of Art, the Sacred and the Profane. Following Söderblom’s quotation above, we are interested in exploring the multi-faceted relationships between the sacred (holy, religious, set apart, venerated), the profane (outside the temple, non-religious, mundane), and art (broadly defined). How are notions of sacredness and unholiness constructed? How are these ideas portrayed in the arts? Moreover, how does this dichotomy trickle-down to other spheres of human experience?

Studies of place and space, ritual and performance, visual and material culture, (dis)embodied experiences, practice and belief, and social histories are key areas of research for art historians today. This conference serves as a platform for undergraduate students to explore these topics under the broader theme of art, the sacred, and the profane.
We welcome submissions by undergraduate students from any university that focus on the intersection of art, the sacred and the profane in any artistic or historical period. A non-extensive list of possible topics includes:

  • Creating or reclaiming place/space
  • Ritual: space, performance, identity
  • Art, the self, and other(s)
  • Issues of faith as represented through art
  • The human body in art: the real and the ideal
  • Purity and impurity in material culture
  • The cultural currency of (art) objects
  • Hierophany and the materialization of the Sacred
  • Disinterested contemplation of art, or art for art’s sake
  • Perceiving sex and sexuality in religious art
  • Iconoclasm and art against religion
  • Museums as art temples: the institutionalization of art
  • (De)Colonization of spiritual and artistic practices
  • Ephemerality and transcendence
  • (De/Re)constructing narratives of artistic genius and orthodoxy
  • The embodied experience of art
  • Myths, meaning, and visual representation

Interested undergraduates should submit the following:
• A 350-word abstract (brief description of proposed paper) in a PDF format (please do not include any information other than the title and the abstract in this document). This file may also include relevant images.
• Include your name, institution and departmental affiliation, phone number, and e-mail in the body of the e-mail.

Abstract submissions, questions, and concerns should be addressed to Marnie, the conference coordinator, at conference.cujah@gmail.com, or visit cujah.org

Submission deadline: November 10th, 2015 11:59 PM EST

CUJAH – Conférence annuelle d’histoire de l’art

Art, le sacré et le profane

Date limite de soumission : 10 novembre 2015, 23:59 EST
Date de la conférence : 12 – 13 février 2015
Université Concordia, Montréal, QC
EV-1.605

“Holiness is the great word in religion; it is even more essential than the notion of God. Real religion may exist without a definite conception of deity, but there is no real religion without a distinction between the holy and the profane.”

Nathan Söderblom

Le Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History (CUJAH) est fier de vous présenter sa 5ème conférence annuelle des bacheliers d’histoire de l’art. Cette année, la conférence portera sur le thème de l’art, le sacré et le profane. En lien avec la citation de Söderblom ci-dessus, nous désirons explorer la relation complexe entre le sacré (saint, religieux, consacré, vénéré), le profane (extérieur au temple, non-religieux, banal) et l’art (au sens large du terme). Comment avons-nous construit notre compréhension du sacré et de l’hérétique? Comment ces notions sont-elles représentées dans l’art? De plus, comment cette dichotomie se transmet-elle à d’autres domaines de l’expérience humaine?

L’endroit et l’espace, le rituel et la performance, la culture visuelle et matérielle, les expériences spirituelles et concrètes, les pratiques et les croyances ainsi que les antécédents sociaux sont tous des domaines de recherche primordiaux pour les historiens de l’art contemporains. Cette conférence est une occasion pour les étudiants de discuter de ces sujets sous le thème général de l’art, le sacré et le profane.

Nous acceptons les soumissions des étudiants au baccalauréat provenant de toutes universités qui portent sur le chevauchement entre l’art, le sacré et le profane, quelque soit la période artistique ou historique.

  • Créer ou réclamer l’espace
  • Le rituel : espace, performance et identité
  • L’art, le soi et les autres
  • Le enjeux touchant la foi représentés dans l’art
  • Le corps humain dans l’art : le réel ou l’idéal
  • Pureté et impureté dans la culture matérielle
  • L’actualité culturelle des objets (d’art)
  • La hiérophanie et la matérialisation du sacré
  • Une contemplation désintéressée de l’art, ou l’art pour l’art
  • Mythes, signification, et représentation visuelle.
  • Discerner le sexe et la sexualité dans l’art religieux
  • Iconoclasme et l’art contre la religion
  • Le musée comme temple d’art : l’institutionnalisation de l’art
  • (Dé)Colonisation des pratiques spirituelles et artistiques
  • La nature éphémère et la transcendance
  • (Dé/Re)Construction de discours orthodoxes et de discours présentant les artistes comme génies
  • L’expérience concrète de l’art

Les bacheliers intéressés doivent soumettre ce qui suit :

  • Un résumé de 350 mots (une description brève du travail proposé) en format PDF (s’il vous plaît ne pas inclure d’autres informations que le titre et le résumé dans ce document). Ce document peut aussi inclure des images pertinentes.
  • Inclure votre nom, institution et département, numéro de téléphone et e-mail dans le corps du courriel.

Les soumissions des résumés, questions ou autres difficultés doivent être adressés à Marnie, la coordinatrice de la conférence, à conference.cujah@gmail.com ou visitez le site cujah.org.

Date limite de soumission : 10 novembre 2015, 23:59 EST

Art and the Exhibition Space – 6/7 February 2015

The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History is proud to present its 4th Annual Concordia University Undergraduate Art History Conference. This year’s conference will focus on “Art and the Exhibition Space.” Issues of curatorship, the exhibition of Aboriginal art in museums, and the relationship between artworks and the space in which they are showcased are some of the key areas of research for art historians today.

The conference will be held at Concordia University, Montreal.

We welcome abstracts from that focus on the intersection of art and exhibition space. A non-extensive list of possible topics includes:

  • Exhibiting Aboriginal Art in the Museum
  • Issues in Museum Studies and Practice
  • Exhibiting Fashion in the Museum
  • Alternative Exhibition Spaces
  • Studies in Place and Space, and their Relationship to Art
  • (De)Colonizing the Museum
  • Gender Issues and Representation in the Museum

Please submit a .doc or .docx copy of your abstract and include your name, institution and departmental affiliation, phone number, and e-mail along with your submission.

 

For questions and concerns, please contact Daniel, the conference coordinator, at conference.cujah@gmail.com

 

Art and the Digital – 24/25 January 2014

The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History is proud to present the 3rd Annual Concordia University Undergraduate Art History Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Art and the Digital.” The intersection of art making practices and new technologies is a key area of research for both art historians and artists. Questions of authorship, the impact of social networking on the dissemination of images, and the changing role of the artist continue to illuminate the ways in which the changing landscape of the digital shapes our perceptions of just what is considered art. The 2014 Undergraduate Art History Conference will address all things related to digital culture in art and art-making practices and create a space for the consideration of technology and it’s rapidly shifting nature.

Conference Schedule

Professional Panel – Biographies

Presenter Biographies/Abstracts

Keynote: Kent Monkman

Exhibiton: Let’s Get Digital, VAV Gallery

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For information regarding previous years please see SASA’s website.