New Voices Conferences

New Voices are annual, one-day conferences of new doctoral scholarship that take place at different universities throughout the UK.

Organised by the AAH Student Members Committee, but open to all, these one-day events provide a forum for current doctoral students of art history and visual culture to present and discuss their current research in a stimulating, informal and supportive context. Book online 

New Voices: Art and Decolonisation
16 November 2013
10.30 - 17.15, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Coinciding with Art History in the Pub in Leeds, 6-8pm on 15 November 

Keynote Speaker:  Dr Jeremy Howard (University of St Andrews)

Art and its histories have ‘complex entanglements’ with empire and
imperialism, to borrow a phrase from theorist Nikos Papastergiadis. In collaboration with the Henry Moore Institute, New Voices investigates the intersections of art and decolonisation to ask what the specific implications of decolonisation are for art and art history. This symposium turns attention to the geo-political struggles, revolutions and cultural recalibrations that artists and art historians have championed, challenged and negotiated as imperialism and colonialism weakened their grip and took on new forms.

New Voices aims to identify the roles art has played in the volatile moments at the end of various empires in order to ask how has art depicted and enabled the production of cultural identities amidst rapid political change seen in examples that include the decline of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, decolonisation in the twentieth century, the fall of the Berlin wall, Indian independence and the spirit of liberation that swept across Africa. New Voices is also interested in addressing how the visual arts has resisted and altered the terms of domination or homogeneity in the contexts such as the Arab Spring and international Indigenous struggles for self-determination. The effects of deterritorialisation, migration and modernisation on art and its institutions are of particular interest.

Click here to download or view the day's programme.


Book online to attend this event.
NB. Art History in the Pub, which is taking place the evening before this event, has been organised to coincide with New Voices, but is not part of the programme.

This event is organised by Charlotte Stokes, Imogen Wiltshire, Sibyl Fisher and Anna Beketov from the Student Members Committee.

Image information: Egypt Election 2012 by Mina Nasr
Digital pen and printed vinyl, Cairo, Egypt Presented in the exhibition 'Visionary Africa: Art at Work', an itinerant project exemplifying cultural cooperation between Africa and Europe Al-Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt.

 Previous 'New Voices' Conferences

Art and its Hierarchies, November 24th 2012, University of Nottingham  (timetable, speakers and abstracts)
Madness and Revolt, 25 November 2011, University of Edinburgh (full programme, speaker biographies and paper abstracts)
Art & Tradition, 6 November 2010, University of Birmingham
Art & Desire, 7 November 2009, University of York. (Full timetable, Speaker's Abstracts, Speaker's Biographies)
Art & Authenticity, 1 November 2008, University of Cambridge, Newnham College ( programme)
Art & Memory, Courtauld Institute of Art, London - November 2007 - programme
Surface Effects, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds - June 2007
Picturing People: Image and Representation’, University of Birmingham - May 2006
University of Nottingham - November 2005
Birkbeck College - May 2005 
University of Reading - November 2004
Henry Moore Institute - May 2004
Cambridge - November 2003
Loughborough - May 2003

AAH Student Conference
London - November 2001
Plymouth - May 2001
Edinburgh - February 2001
Birmingham - November 2000
Sussex - May 2000
London - November 1999
Liverpool - May 1999
Nottingham - February 1999
Oxford - May 1998

Egypt Election 2012 (detail), Mina Nasr Egypt Election 2012 (detail), Mina Nasr