LOCATION: the Museum, the Academy and the Studio
34th AAH Annual Conference, Tate, London, 2- 4 April 2008

Location focused on the shifts - historical, modern and contemporary - in the location of the museum, the artist’s studio and the academy in relation to the concepts, values and practices of art history. Location was understood to embrace physical, geographical and virtual sites, social and political ideologies; values and aesthetics, academic and practice-led relationships.

With the ever-increasing changes that post-disciplinary practice and studies, digital culture and globalisation are bringing to bear on the roles and practices of the museum, the artist and the academy, what are the issues and implications involved in the locating of value and meaning, ownership and identity, concept and experience for each? Historically, the academy has been set in opposition to the museum, but what is the nature of this relationship today, in the light of the expanded ambitions of major museums and the rise of curatorial and museum studies?

What has been and should be the relationship between curator, artist and academic? How does art history engage with the museum and the artist and vice versa, within the UK and abroad? The professionalisation of the artist and the new research status awarded to both art and curatorial practice moves the art college and museum nearer to the academy – but what consequences does this have for the discourses of history and practice? What will be the impact of globalisation on all these spheres? Will art history be invigorated by this closer relationship or diminished in status?

List of Academic Sessions that took place

Plenary Speaker: Jeremy Deller
Plenary Panel Discussion: Dawn Ades in conversation with George Baker

The 2008 AAH Annual Conference attracted over 500 international speakers, delegates and publishers. The two-day conference comprised 23 Academic Sessions in which over 200 academic papers were delivered. The conference was accompanied by a three-day public Bookfair that was attended by 24 publishers and booksellers. Location was hosted by Tate and received sponsorship from Wiley-Blackwell Publishers and Laurence King Publishers.

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