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Message posted on 18/01/2020

EASA2020 P023 Anthropology and Art

Dear list members,

We would like to remind you of the possibility to submit a paper proposals to the ANTART-network panel:

P023 Anthropology and Art: on the dynamics and the polemics of situating definitions of 'art’

at the conference EASA2020: New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe, in Lisbon 21-24 July

Please submit your proposal by 20 January at: https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/easa2020/p/8700

Short panel abstract: Anthropologists rarely engage in explicit definitions of art, yet those definitions are entailed in their own practices as well as those observed in fieldwork. We invite papers that address the dynamics and the polemics of situated definitions of art in specific field contexts and practices. Long panel abstract: Anthropologists' diverse and ambiguous relationships with art have long spurred debates around aesthetics, ethics, epistemologies and methodologies. While discussions about experimental methods are rich and ongoing (e.g. Scheider and Wright 2006, 2010), in the emergent field of transdisciplinary 'art-anthropology' anthropologists rarely engage in explicit definitions of 'art' - definitions that are entailed in their own practices as well as in those that they observe on fieldwork. We invite papers that address and problematise the dynamics and the polemics of situated definitions of "art", developing in particular field contexts and through specific practices, comparatively and in diverse forms. If doing anthropology 'and' art is different from anthropologies 'of' art, or anthropology 'with' art (cf. Clarke 2019), how does the question of authorship change according to those various positions? Should 'artlike' forms of anthropological work (Grimshaw and Ravetz 2015) be evaluated by the same standards as professional art? How are relationships between form and content tackled? More broadly, how do power relations within the respective fields affect art-anthropology collaborations? The panel further aims to open up discussion around how definitions of art, shaped through materials, objects, performances and social collaborations, can relate to diverse understandings of art as 'knowledge forming', one way of defining what art is and does. It is a definition we see emerging in the contemporary landscapes of our discipline, which may temporarily pacify the polemics between potential transdisciplinary practitioners while preserving the fundamental dynamics at work.

Feel free to contact the convenors through the EASA website (the ’Send message to convenors' button) if you have any questions!

All the best, The ANTART convenors’ team Jen, Maxime, Giulia, Anna


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