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Call for papers for the conference ‘Worldviews: Latin American art and the decolonial turn’

Cartographic painting
Cartographic painting
Arjan Martins, Atlântico. 2016. Acrílica sobre tela [acrylic on canvas]. 200 x 390 x 4 cm [78 3/4 x 153 1/2 x 1 5/8 in]. Photo: Pepê Schettino. Courtesy: Galeria Gentil Carioca.
Written by
Gabriele Grigorjeva
Published date
26 July 2021

'Worldviews' is co-organised by Dr Sofia Gotti from the Centre for Visual Culture (CVC) at the University of Cambridge and Dr Michael Asbury from the Transnational Arts Identity and Nation (TrAIN) research centre at UAL. The conference will be held online between Thursday 4 November and Thursday 2 December 2021.

It will begin with an introductory roundtable discussion assessing the legacies of the Meeting Margins: Transnational Art in Latin America and Europe 1950-1978 (Essex and UAL 2009- 2011) research project. Meeting Margins consolidated the concept of transnationalism within historical debates that opposed an understanding of Latin American Art as peripheral. This session will discuss how the field of Latin American Art, its study, its institutional standing, has advanced over the last decade and analyse what may be the challenges it still faces. Confirmed speakers for this introductory session include: Isobel Whitelegg (Chair), Maria Inigo Clavo, Andrea Giunta, Daniel Quiles and Michael Asbury.

The conference will be structured around five themes. To promote multiple perspectives, each will be chaired by a specialist who contributed their vision to the development of the programme.

Worldviews welcomes papers from scholars, curators and artists working on any of the five themes of the conference:

  • The Poetics of Abya Yala: Towards a Non-Colonial History of Contemporary Art
  • Political Bodies, Gender and Race
  • Activism and Collective Practice
  • Margins and Institutions: New Curatorial Strategies
  • Decolonising the Canon

The deadline for abstract submissions is Tuesday 10 August 2021.

See the full CFP (PDF 333 KB) for details about each session and how to apply.