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Call for papers - In and Out of American Art: Between Provincialism and Transnationalism, 1940–1980

Posted on Friday, 17th February 2017

In and Out of American Art: Between Provincialism and Transnationalism, 1940 -1980 is a major two-day conference at the University of St Andrews in October 2017.

We seek to build on recent research into transnational artistic exchange in order to investigate how artists and art professionals moved through the worlds of American art from the 1940s to the 1980s, and how they negotiated the pervasive reputation of American art, both within the US and internationally.

Questions that papers might explore include, but are by no means limited to:

• How have artists and practitioners navigated the construct of ‘provincialism’ in relation to American art between 1940 and 1980?
• In what ways have locational politics informed American artistic production in this period?
• How might tracing transnational networks of artistic exchange enable us to re-work the boundaries of ‘American art’ both historically and conceptually?
• To what extent have notions of provincialism, marginality, fieldwork, the peripheral and the regional fostered collectivity and communality in artistic practice?
• In what ways have tensions between locational subjectivities and transnational solidarity inflected, for example, works produced by feminist practitioners affiliated with the Women’s Art Movement?
• How have the politics of class, race, gender and sexuality informed location-specific terminology, and how have artists, both individually and collectively, sought to disrupt and co-opt the power structures embedded in these formulations?

The conference will take place on the 27th and 28th October 2017 at the University of St Andrews. Please send proposals of 400 words maximum for papers of 30 minutes by Monday 6th March 2017, together with a short biography of 100 words maximum, to Alistair Rider, Sam Rose and Catherine Spencer at

Further information can be found here: