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Inaugural Art History and Visual Culture PGR Conference

A one-day conference on the theme of ‘Common Place’.

An Art History and Visual Culture conference
Date1 June 2022
Time9:00 to 17:00
PlaceQueens Building

A one-day conference on the theme of ‘Common Place’ open to postgraduate students from art history departments across the UK, as well as PGRs in other disciplines engaging with art-historical questions.

We are delighted to announce the first annual Art History & Visual Culture PGR conference at the University of Exeter! We invite postgraduate students from art history departments across the UK, as well as PGRs in other disciplines whose work engages with art-historical questions, to present their research at our inaugural one-day mini conference this June. This year’s theme is ‘Common Place’: we seek to encourage discussion of ideas such as commonality versus exceptionality, and location versus dislocation. By doing so, we are hoping to interrogate what the art historian might traditionally regard as ‘common’ or ‘familiar’. In keeping the scope broad, our intention is that the conference will generate discussion on a diverse range of themes linked by a core idea.

We invite papers of 10-15 minutes in length. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Traditions, legacies, and other questions of temporality
  • Objects, location, common space, and shared culture
  • The place of the media and other information networks in the public sphere
  • Borders, boundaries, and movement

The event will run for a full day, with PGR panels delivered in the morning, followed by a keynote lecture and roundtable discussion with Dr Péter Bokody, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Plymouth, and a training workshop on the role of ‘common place’ in arts and heritage. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, and financial assistance will be offered to cover speakers’ travel.


After lunch we will resume off campus (location TBC) for an exclusive careers training workshop delivered by Stephanie Allen, Executive Director of Arts & Heritage (www.artsandheritage.org.uk). All speakers and attendees are warmly invited to attend.


If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract (250 words) and short bio (50 words) by Wednesday 4th May 2022 to commonplace2022@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in June.


ProviderArt History and Visual Culture
CfP_AHVC_PGR_Conference_CommonPlace_UoE.pdfCall for papers (1102K)

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