CFP: Into the Wild. Art and Architecture in a global Context (Zurich, 6 – 7 November 2015)

Into the Wild. Art and Architecture in a global Context
17th Colloquium for Young Researchers of Art History in Switzerland
Institute of Art History, University of Zurich
November 6 – 7, 2015
Deadline: September 4, 2015
Although the concept “global turn” (Casid / D’Souza 2014) was coined in the 21st century, it can be used to trace processes of transnational, transcultural, transregional interaction of all historic periods. Art and architecture have always been places of exchange, conflict and migration. People, objects, materials and knowledge moved and still move between cultures – marked as political, religious or social. Thus, art history claims a key role, because it has always dealt with these processes and their materialization. Nonetheless James Elkins (2007) asked if and how art history can be global. This colloquium is aiming at positioning itself critically to and offering insight into the latest art historical research. Following Elkins we would like to focus especially on methodological approaches as means of globalizing art history.
We understand this colloquium as a platform for current art historical writing.  It is not about presenting completed research, but about discussing methodological and topical challenges. Thus, we focus on problem-oriented contributions.
Contributions could deal with the following areas:
•    (inter)disciplinary boundaries of art history
•    Exhibition spaces and collections
•    Constructions of culture and history
•    Borders and contact zones
•    Nationalisms and regionalisms
This two-day colloquium offers the opportunity to present and discuss your work in front of a wider audience of young as well as established researchers. As we would like to enhance the exchange between participants, we will combine the presentations with workshops dealing with methodological and theoretical questions. This call for papers welcomes submissions from MA students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers from all Swiss universities and Federal Institutes (ETHs). We welcome contributions for presentations of 20 minutes as well as concepts for workshops or alternative formats. The languages are German, English, French or Italian.
We look forward to submissions (max. 1 page) together with a short CV submitted via e-mail by 4 September 2015 to
At this year’s Colloquium for Young Researchers the Association of Swiss Art Historians (VKKS) will award the “Förderpreis Kunstwissenschaft 2015”.

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