Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture Issue 4

Country: USA

City: Pittsburgh

Abstr. due: 30.09.2014

Dates: 30.09.14 — 30.09.14

Organizing comittee e-mail: contemporaneity@mail.pitt.edu

Organizers: Department of History of Art & Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture aims to explore how the complexities of being in time find visual form. Crucial to this undertaking is accounting for how, from prehistory to the present, cultures around the world conceive of and construct their present and the concept of presentness visually. Through scholarly writings from a number of academic disciplines in the humanities, together with contributions from artists and filmmakers, Contemporaneity maps the diverse ways in which cultures use visual means to record, define, and interrogate their historical context and presence in time.

For our forthcoming issue, we seek submissions from scholars, artists, and filmmakers. Possible topics or areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

• The concept of the present across time and cultures

• The persistence of the past in the present

• Cultural exchange, temporal disjunction, historical coincidence

• The simultaneity of conflicting kinds of time

• Messianic time, circular time, the eternal return, the event, everyday life, historical time, timelessness

• Teleology, apocalypse, the end of time, the end of art, the end of history

• Tradition, decadence, renaissance, restoration, avant-garde, modernization

• Phenomenology of time

• Nostalgia, melancholy, boredom

• Chronophobia and chronomania

• Making time visible, representing time through images and texts, narrating

• The life of images and reception history

• Methodological problems concerning the writing of art history or film history

• Periodization

Conference Web-Site: http://contemporaneity.pitt.edu/