Call for Papers - Collecting Geogaphies, Conference

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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

CALL FOR PAPERS: Collecting Geographies - Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art

Organized by Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; ASCA/ACGS University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Folkwang Museum, Essen;Tropen Museum, Amsterdam

Location: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Dates: 13-15 March 2014
Deadline for papers: September 30, 2013
Admittance fee: €100,-

Key-note speakers / panel participants
James Clifford, Sarat Maharaj, Annie Coombes
Kader Attia, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Daniel Birnbaum and Tobia Bezzola.
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Conference set-up
For the conference Collecting Geographies,curators and academic researchers are invited to (re-)explore:
- global itineraries concretized in museum collections and exhibitions.

- past and contemporary policies for 'global' programming and acquisitions developed by modern and contemporary art museums.

- theoretical and methodological reflections on globalization and the art world.

The organisation specifically welcomes papers on the following topics:

- Exhibition and collection histories of modern and contemporary art museums, with special interest in ethnographic moments, primitivism and purification tendencies, and their reassessment in the context of today and tomorrow.

- The division of modern art and ethnography, as well as the division of modern and contemporary art museum and the ethnographic museum, and the possible or impossible reconciliation of the two.

- Curatorial methods, attitutedand exhibition practices which can reconcile versatile or even oppositional practices, traditions and histories, both in and beyond the predominating model of the white cube.

- Museum strategies that focus on local affinities within a larger (art-historical/global) framework.

- Theoretical reflections on postcolonial theory, globalisation and the modern and contemporart art world.

Submitting papers/sessions
The call for papers is open to both institutional and independent researchers.It is also possible to submit proposals for sessions (max. amount of speakers per session: 5)

Abstracts of 300 words (plus short resume of 150 words) should be emailed to before September 30 2013.

A committee compiled from the organizing institutions will assess the abstracts in October and determine the final selection. Selected papers will be delivered at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, during a three-day conference to be held from 13 to 15 March 2014. A detailed program will be announced in December 2013, along with information and suggestions about travel and accommodation. The conference fee covers entrance to the museum, lunches and drinks organized within the framework of the conference.

The organizers will endeavor to make available a number of grants for non-institutional applicants, especially those travelling from outside Europe. Please contact the organizers for more information.

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