Calll for papers para: “The Body in Catalan Visual Culture”

Os dejo también la información que tengo sobre una conferencia de 3 días que tendrá lugar del 5 al 7 de septiembre en el University College Cork (IRE) (Más información: La fecha límite para enviar propuestas es el 31 de mayo de 2013.

Según los organizadores, esta conferencia interdisciplinaria de 3 días buscar favorecer el diálogo entre artistas, curadores, críticos de arte, investigadores y audiencia en general, sobre cuestiones del cuerpo, la performance y la representación corporal a través de los siglos en el arte visual y la performance catalanes.

Artistas y conferenciantes invitados confirmados (tal y como son presentados en el blog del evento):

Pilar Parcerisas art critic, curator and scriptwriter. Executive Board Member of the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i les Arts (CoNCA)

Marcel·lí Antúnez  performance artist

Eulàlia Valldosera visual artist

Pere Salabert  Chair of Aesthetics and Art Theory, Universitat de Barcelona

Las propuestas deben ser para papers de 20 minutos. Los posibles temas pueden incluir (aunque no están limitados) los siguientes:

• Issues of representation • Body theory • Body and identity

• Embodiment • Gender and sexuality • Absence and presence • Ritual

• Phenomenology • Taboo • Performance and action art • Body limits

• Transient bodies • Monstrousness and the grotesque • Violence

• Sensuous and sentient bodies • Body and space

Se han de enviar resúmenes/abstracts de unas 200 palabras, en inglés o catalán, una nota biográfica breve (máximo 100 palabras) indicando el nombre, filiación y toda la información relevante de contacto a Eva Bru-Domínguez a  antes del viernes 31 de mayo de 2013. La notificación de aceptación de las propuestas será comunicada a mediados de junio.

La presentación que hacen del evento es:

“While the representation of the human body has been a recurrent motif in visual art across cultures and civilizations over the centuries, the study of corporeality has traditionally been associated with the natural sciences. The publication, in the 1990s, of groundbreaking books such as Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble (1990), Elizabeth Grosz’s Volatile Bodies (1994) and Rosi Braidotti’s Nomadic Subjects (1994) undoubtedly helped redress this imbalance and generated, in turn, a growing interest in the re-thinking of the body across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. These theorists located the material body in relation to its socio-political context and addressed questions about sexuality, gender and race while highlighting the potential of bodies to challenge or subvert the very social, cultural and political discourses that shape them into ideal form. This shift in focus has also been observed in the field of Catalan Studies, where scholars are increasingly attending to questions of gender and national identity, corporeality and embodiment, particularly with regard to literature and film. Despite this relatively recent upsurge in this area of study, scholarly investigation of bodily matters in Catalan artistic expression remains very much in its infancy.

Images of the body, performance, ritual and dance have been – and remain – core elements and activities in the production of visual and popular festive culture in Catalonia. Such corporeal utterances, iterations and figurations have also played a symbolic role in processes of identity formation. The solemn depictions of the Christ in Majesty in Romanesque art or the grotesque bodies carved in many of the capitols of medieval monasteries might evince the social hierarchies and theological concerns of the times yet they are also inextricably bound to a period in history when the Catalan nation was being forged. In the modern era, representations of the female body by nineteenth-century Modernista artists conveyed ideas about modernity, industrialisation and progress, whereas the more normative Noucentistes would later ascribe to the female nude a set of classical, civic and urban values. With the advent of the avant-garde movements, surrealism and its endless manipulation and fragmentation of the body, or the move towards abstraction and conceptual art, the representation of corporeality in art became less specific, and more ‘implied’. From the mid-1960s Catalan visual and performance artists have favoured less defined, unshapely or open-ended forms of expression. These have often been read as symptomatic of a fraying in dominant models of understanding identity, society and culture. Recent secessionist movements in Catalonia caused by a combination of historical grievances and a profound economic crisis will no doubt provoke further social, political and cultural realignments”.


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