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The Task of the Curator: Translation, Intervention and Innovation in Exhibitionary Practice (California)
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Museum and Curatorial Studies (MACS); University of California, Santa Cruz
CALL FOR PAPERS
THE TASK OF THE CURATOR:
Museum and Curatorial Studies (MACS) at UC-Santa Cruz brings together museum professionals and scholars from a variety of disciplines to study the poetics and politics of display. This year we are hosting a number of events related to the 2009-2010 research theme, "Critical Curations." We are pleased to welcome Griselda Pollock, Irit Rogoff, and Carolina Ponce de León for our annual Speaker Series. For more information about our organization and events, please visit: http://macs.ucsc.edu/
On May 14, 2010, our year of collaboration will culminate with a conference open to scholars from around the world. "The Task of the Curator" will explore the roles of curators in relation to how objects are displayed in museums and galleries, considering a variety of disciplinary and professional perspectives. The title, inspired by Walter Benjamin's theories of translation, brings attention to the often overlooked or naturalized labor of curators, which involves subtle but nonetheless transformative acts of framing and poetic interpretation. Presenters are encouraged to "look outside of the white box" toward new and alternative display methods. Proposals are due on February 5th, 2010 (instructions below).
A PDF of our CFP and updated information can be found at: http://macs.ucsc.edu/conferences.html
We welcome and encourage early submissions. Papers will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the deadline.
This event is co-sponsored by The Center for Cultural Studies and the History of Consciousness Department at UC-Santa Cruz.