The Summer Symposium is a two-day annual conference highlighting post-graduate and doctoral research.It takes place at a different university each year in early Summer.
Summer Symposium 2017
Re/Presenting the Body: Between Art and Science
University of Glasgow
6-7 July 2017
Call for Papers
About this event
This event is for those engaged with post-graduate and and doctoral research around art history and visual culture.
From anatomical interest to abstract manifestations, the body persists in being a source of physical and conceptual interest. The representation of the body has attracted a renewed interest in recent decades in correspondence with the latest scientific and technological developments in areas such as computer science, genetic engineering and digital image processing. Historically and politically fraught, the body has often become an intersectional point for science, art, philosophy and a wide range of artistic and scientific practices inform the way we imagine and visualise the body, and subsequently have represented it in art.
How have varying cultural, religious and political theories, material practices and technological developments changed the way in which we imagine and represent the body? What are the continuities and discontinuities between contemporary art practices, discourses and technologies and the visual cultures of the body of the pre-modern and modern period?
Proposing a Paper
We welcome contributions from all periods that address the theme of Re/Presenting the Body between Art and Science. Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Historiographical explorations of the intersections between anatomy and the arts
- The influence of scientific methodologies and discourses on artistic practices and modes of representing the body
- Collecting 'the body' as both art practice and scientific interest
- Representations, categorisation and display of the body in museums
- The relationship between art, the body, and socio-political discourses
- The intersection between art and technological devices for the visualisation of the body
- Explorations of historical and contemporary artistic body modification practices
- Bioart practices, its histories and ethics.
Email your paper proposal
Abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20 minute papers should be submitted by email along with a 100-word biographical note.
Proposal deadline: 16 April 2017
The conference is open to anyone involved in art history or visual culture research at a post graduate (Masters) or doctoral (Phd) level.
The Summer Symposium is supported by the University of Glasgow.
The Summer Symposium is organised by Alicia Hughes, Isobel MacDonald, Rosalinda Quintieri and Naomi Stewart.
Tickets and Booking
We aim to keep the 2-day ticket price below £30. Ticket options and online booking will be made available in due course.
We purposefully keep the ticket price as low because we know that most people will be paying for accommodation and travel too. The ticket price covers two days and usually includes 2 keynote lectures, 14 research papers, and refreshments on both days. The symposium is open to all. Lunch and accommodation will not be included.
Previous Summer Symposiums, 2000 - 2016