DEADLINE UPCOMING: Art About Writing | Writing About Art - Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference

deadline for submissions: 
March 1, 2023
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University of St. Thomas
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Art About Writing | Writing About Art
Graduate Conference

Art, Literature, Architecture, Film, Museums, Creative Writing, and New Media

University of St. Thomas, April 28, 2023

The University of St. Thomas Art History, English, Museum Studies, and Creative Writing graduate programs will host a hybrid interdisciplinary conference on Friday, April 28, 2022. We will host both in-person and virtual panels throughout the day. While papers addressing any aspect of literature, film, art history, architecture, museum studies, new media, and cultural studies will be considered, the graduate programs particularly welcome proposals for papers exploring the conference theme across all time periods, media, and geographical regions. We are also seeking creative writers to read original work related to the conference theme during a lunchtime reading performance.

Visual art and writing are inextricably linked, and they enjoy a reciprocal relationship that allows scholars to deepen our understanding of both media. The aim of this conference is to explore the interdisciplinary nature of art and writing, engaging a wide variety of approaches, traditions, innovations, and points of view, in texts from any historical moment.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Women & Gender: Women’s representation in art/writing, explorations of gender in the creation of art/writing.
  • Underrepresented voices and experiences in art and literature.
  • Prominent figures in art & literature: How are prominent figures in art portrayed in literature, and how are prominent figures in literature represented in art.
  • Visual representations of the writing process/literary representation of the artistic process
  • Artistic interpretations of religious texts.
  • Illustrations in literature: Illuminated manuscripts, codices, children’s books, graphic novel.
  • Representations of art and artists in drama.

We encourage analyses of artistic, literary, architectural, historical, cultural, cinematic, digital, and/or other textualities. Proposals for whole panels (three presenters) or roundtables (four or more presenters) are welcome in addition to individual papers. We also welcome creative writing samples from writers who would like to read their work during the conference.

For consideration, please submit a 400-word abstract for individual papers, panels, or roundtables, or a 5-10 page creative writing sample, to by March 1, 2023 Please be sure to indicate in the body of your email whether you would prefer to present in-person or virtually.