The Art of Animal Activism: Critical Parameters
Abstr. due: 08.05.2015
Dates: 03.02.16 — 06.02.16
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: College Art Association
Today nonhuman animals figure more prominently in cultural, ethical, and scientific inquiry than ever before, thanks to recent research that has forced a significant reassessment of human exceptionalism, or speciesism. Lately some art historians have begun to consider these issues as well. All of this has taken place amid growing popular fascination with animals and backlash against their egregious, often concealed abuse in factory farming, entertainment, laboratories, and other areas. Animals have become subjects of vision, imagination, and activism—but also exploitation—like never before. This session examines the critical parameters of animal activism and advocacy in art since the eighteenth century. Papers should address important landmarks and historical contours of such art, assessing creative techniques used to advance particular goals. Consideration of why the discipline of art history has been slow to map this tradition and challenges involved in visualizing the interests of other beings are also encouraged.
Conference Web-Site: http://www.asle.org/calls-for-papers/art-animal-activism-critical-parameters/