Monuments and Memorials at AAH 2008

Deborah Cherry and Sutapa Biswas of TrAIN are convening a panel entitled Monuments and Memorials for LOCATION: the Museum, the Academy and the Studio the 34th Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, to be held at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, 2-4 April 2008.

Monuments and memorials are characteristic features of colonial and postcolonial cities, and they have long been located in urban as well as rural contexts. Often produced in the artist’s studio, widely studied in the academy, monuments and memorials frequently exist outside the purview of the museum. They come into being at precise locations, perhaps marking the unique site of a traumatic event or the longer historical moment of epistemic violence.
This session will ask what prompts the installation, re/location and destruction of monuments and memorials. What relation do they have to current artistic practice? How have their meanings been contested, as for example during decolonisation or profound political change?
We welcome papers from artists and from art historians and we aim to bring together differing approaches in research, drawing on the perspectives of the studio, the academy and the museum. Our focus will be on the trans-national, the inter-cultural and the post-colonial, on the contemporary as much as the historical, on practice alongside critical theory and art history, and on monuments and memorials in global settings outside the UK.

The closing date for Paper Proposals for this panel is 16 November 2007.

Please visit the AAH website for details.

Monday 06 August, 2007