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The Sydney Conference Committee would like to invite proposals for sessions for the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand conference to be held at University of Sydney and UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, 1-4 December 2020. The deadline for session proposals is Friday 24 April 2020. Submit your application here.   

The conference takes the current but vexed term impact as its provocation and theme:

  • What are the economic, ecological, technological impacts on society, culture and communities, and how do they materialize in/through art and visual culture?
  • What are the positive impacts of art on society, politics and ecologies?
  • What are the impacts of decolonization on arts and visual culture?
  • How does art impact conceptions of futures?
  • How, why and when does art make its presence felt culturally, politically, environmentally and socially?
  • What are the traces, the impressions, effects, footprints of art and visual culture across diverse human societies?
  • What, where and how are the forces and violence of impact traced in art and on artists?
  • How are the physical processes of art, its labours, materials, and demands, to be fully accounted for in the long and often conflicting histories of art?
  • How might art resist impact? How and when does art fail to have impact? Who or what bears the labour of having impact?
  • How is art’s impact instrumentalized and measured? Might art’s impact be beyond measure?

We seek panels that examine the impact of history, colonialism, politics, technology, capital, nature, migration, and markets on art and visual culture. The consequences of impact may be: aesthetic, sensory, social, epistemological, environmental, economic, material, institutional and /or bodily, and may involve consideration of human-animal-plant relations, as well as intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.

We welcome proposals from artists, art historians, museum studies academics, curators, and arts professionals to contribute to an invigorating program of panel sessions, workshops, masterclasses and performances as well as collaborations with local galleries and institutions. We especially welcome proposals from First nations delegates. Standard panels should consist of a convener and speakers and the maximum allotted time for a session will be 90 minutes.  Given this, for standard panels, we limit a maximum of three speakers and a maximum paper length of 20 minutes. We also welcome suggestions of alternative formats (roundtables, short talks, workshops, etc.) and it is the responsibility of the proposing convener to clearly articulate this format in the panel proposal.

Please also include any special conditions of the panel (for example a location in a museum or collection) and in these circumstances explain the practicalities and permissions that will enable this to take place (agreement of the hosting institution, etc.) We will be aiming to program an afternoon of such ‘special sessions’ in locations around Sydney but panel conveners will have ultimate responsibility for checking the availability of resources and sites.

We will notify all panel proposers of the outcome of their submission by May 8.

**We all hope and expect the Covid-19 crisis to have waned by December and are currently planning to host the AAANZ annual conference in Sydney as planned. However we are mindful of the unpredictability and changeability of the current situation and will keep all panel members and delegates informed of any change to plans.**


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