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Call for Papers: Public Art Geographies: Territoriality, Transculturalism, Therapy

Date uploaded: October 6, 2014

The human geographers Martin Zebracki, Joni M Palmer and Pauline Guinard invite multidisciplinary contributions on topical public art concerns with territoriality, transculturalism and/or therapy for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, USA, from the 21st to the 25th of April 2015.

Session: Public Art Geographies: Territoriality, Transculturalism, Therapy

Dr Martin Zebracki, University of Leeds, UK,
Dr Joni M Palmer, University of New Mexico, USA,
Dr Pauline Guinard, Ecole normale supérieure de Paris, France,

Geographical work over the last decade has seen an upsurge in interest in everyday public art—formal or informal creative objects, activities or performances beyond gallery and museum spaces—which is permanently or temporarily situated on sites that are essentially open to the society at large. Whereas considerable academic engagement with public art can be identified with regard to issues of urban regeneration, creative cities, cultural policy and modes of creative research, this session welcomes papers that critically attend to three themes that reflect broader concerns in topical debates in social and cultural studies.

1) Territoriality: how are struggles over space and attendant issues of social identity, belonging, recognition and inclusion related to everyday public art practices? Here we are specifically interested in papers that see the public artscape through the lens of critical socio-spatial justice and territorial multi-actor control or friction.

2) Transculturalism: how do everyday public art practices connect to cultural diversities in people within and between localities? The session particularly encourages accounts on the public artscape’s intersectionalities between sex, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, class, age, religion and (dis)ability.

3) Therapy: how can everyday public art practices help to both articulate and activate cultural diversities for the sake of the common weal and, accordingly, produce meaningful place engagements through—and for—the self, other and community? As such, this session especially welcomes contributions that deepen our understanding of the relationships between the public artscape and wellbeing and of individual as well as collective care for the living environment.

Theoretical, methodological and/or empirical insights that address one or more of the above themes in the light of everyday lived experiences of public art and in relation to diverse geographical settings are sought. The session is open to any school of thought and methodological and experimental approaches.

Please send a max. 100-word bio and max. 200-word abstract as one document to Dr joni m palmer (Joni.Palmer AT colorado.edu) by the 24th of October 2014. Dr Pauline Guinard (Pauline.Guinard AT gmail.com) will contact contributors about our review of the abstracts. Selected contributors are expected to submit abstracts on the conference website by the deadline of the 5th of November 2014.

All presenters are required to settle the registration fee before they can submit their abstracts.

For further information about this CFP contact Dr Martin Zebracki [email protected] or click here.