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Kongressi: Mind and Matter – Nordik 2009 Conference for Art Historians
Viimeisin muutos 28.03.2008
Alkamisaika: keskiviikko 17. syyskuuta 2008, 00.00
Päättymisaika: perjantai 19. syyskuuta 2008, 00.00
Paikka: Seminaarinmäki Main building, C1, C3, C4, C5
Date: September 17–19 2009
Location: The University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Keynote speakers: David Morgan (USA), Naomi Stead (Australia), Per H. Hansen (Danmark).
Organizers: The Department of Art and Culture Studies / Art history, Nordik committee for art history, Taidehistorian seura – Föreningen för konsthistoria ry, The City of Jyväskylä.

Further information:

Mind and Matter – The 9th Nordik Conference will be arranged in Jyväskylä, Finland on 17-19th of September 2009. The Conference invites Nordic, European and other art historians for three days to approach to the theme Mind and Matter.

Mind and Matter concentrates on systems of beliefs and thinking in Art and Art History and their relation to empirical material. We wish to focus on practices and problems arising from the interaction of empirical material and abstract or immaterial principles such as thoughts, beliefs, ideas, religions and political ideologies. Discussions of methodological strategies invite to reflect on the interdisciplinary character of art history. We encourage contributions from various theoretical issues and practices to explicit visual analysis, and welcome all fields of art history including visual studies, architecture, design, new media and museology.

Suggested topics for presentations are

POLITICS OF ART HISTORY: politics and ethics of method and practice; discourses of canonizing, ethnicity, gender, national identity, multiculturalism; politics of displays; art and cultural policy.

SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPES: landscape as motive and form; mental structure; cultural construction.

PICTURING MEMORY: memory and visual culture; collecting; oblivion; heritage.

CREATIVE PROCESSES: emotion, experience and interpretation in art and art history; performativity; psychology and philosophy of art.

VISUALISING FAITH AND BELIEFS: popular religious imagery; esoteric dogma and visual form; iconoclasms; clashes of religious cultures; spirituality; piety.

DESIGN MATTERS: concept design; designing sustainability; usability; immateriality and materiality.

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