[spectre] CFP: "Video Art and Africa" at AAH Annual Conference 21 (Birmingham, 14-17 Apr 21)
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From: Date: Jul 9, 2020
Subject: CFP: 4 Sessions at AAH Annual Conference 21
Birmingham, July 14 - April 17, 2021
Deadline: Oct 19, 2020
 Video Art and Africa
Katarzyna Falęcka, Centre d'Études Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT),
Falecka.Katarzyna at caorc.org
Gabriella Nugent, UCL, gabriella.nugent.14 at ucl.ac.uk
This session invites paper proposals that explore the deployment of
video art by artists from Africa. Developed in the 1960s, video art
emerged in the era of decolonisation, and its accessible technologies
were later taken up by many people who had stories to tell. It is a
medium of relative historical recentness and today favoured by artists
operative in global contemporary networks. However, in comparison to the
vast and growing literature on African cinema, there is relatively
little scholarship on video art from Africa. This session seeks to
explore how artists from Africa have specifically employed the languages
enabled by video, such as montage, the loop, repetition and duration, to
work through both the distant and more recent pasts in Africa.
We are particularly interested in video works that explore histories of
colonialism, decolonisation and nation-building projects. The archival
turn in art has led artists to rework historical documents through video
to elucidate local experiences and to contest old and clichéd
assumptions with something previously unthought, unheard or unseen.
These practices raise questions as to who owns history and how
historical documents can be performed within the distinct needs and
expectations of the present. Simultaneously, video has stepped in to
address feminist histories, questions of labour, race and class, as well
as transregional alliances. The panel thus invites proposals for papers
which explore the potential, as well as possible shortcomings, of video
art for addressing these histories.
Abstract max. 250 words. Deadline 19 October 2020.
Please email your paper proposal to the session convenors using the
Paper Proposal Form (https://bit.ly/3eVYWZu).
Link to the session information:
Reference / Quellennachweis:
CFP: 4 Sessions at AAH Annual Conference 21 (Birmingham, 14-17 Apr 21).
In: ArtHist.net, Jul 9, 2020. <https://arthist.net/archive/23395>.
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hybrid combination of physical and digital. We will be monitoring
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