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Space Exploration

Call for Papers

Space Exploration Within and Beyond the Image



The 10th Annual Expanding the Visual Field Graduate Student Symposium
Department of Art History, University of Southern California

Saturday, March 4, 2006



CALL FOR PAPERS

Submission Deadline: January 16, 2006

Space Exploration Within and Beyond the Image aims to examine ways space
is constructed in visual representation and through social experience
from a range of cultural, historical and methodological perspectives.
At least since the appearance of the English translation of Erwin
Panofsky’s Perspective as Symbolic Form, research in art history in
this country has been sensitive to the cultural and ideological
conditions surrounding the mimetic representation of space. We can
usefully juxtapose this reconsideration of space within the image with
the discourse opened up by Henri Lefebvre’s influential The Production
of Space, which theorized the production of social space beyond the
frame and in the living world. Thus we can understand the formations of
space both within and beyond the image as cultural constructions. The
USC Art History Department’s 10th Annual Graduate Student Symposium
will provide a platform for an extended consideration of the rhetoric
of space understood as both “real” and represented.

We invite graduate students to submit papers addressing issues of space,
specifically ways it has been framed, activated or otherwise produced
in visual culture. Papers might address such media as sculpture,
dioramas, landscape, installation art, performance, architecture and
urban design, film, or tableaux vivants. Other areas of inquiry might
include display, the plinth, theatricality and absorption, spatial
schematics, interiors, ritual spaces, borders, and virtual space. We
welcome submissions from all areas of art history and related fields.
In addition, we invite submissions from practicing artists and
filmmakers engaged with ideas and problems of space in their work.

Papers should be between 15 and 20 minutes in length. Abstracts of no
more than 500 words, a current CV, and contact information should be
submitted by Monday, January 16, 2006, via email or post to the address
below. Some travel funding is available.

EMAIL: uscgradsymposium@gmail.com
POST:
Graduate Symposium Committee
Department of Art History
University of Southern California
VKC 351 – MC 0047
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0047

Graduate Symposium Committee
Department of Art History
University of Southern California
VKC 351 – MC 0047
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0047
Email: uscgradsymposium@gmail.com