Logo: ASAP11: Eleventh Meeting of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present

Ecologies of the Present. 10-12 October 2019. University of Maryland


Call for Proposals.
Submit panels & individual abstracts by March 29, 2019.
Submit seminar topics by March 11, 2019.

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Overview

ASAP/11 invites proposals from scholars, artists, writers, curators, cultural workers, and other practitioners addressing the contemporary arts since the 1960s in all their forms — literary, visual, performing, musical, cinematic, design, digital, and more. We are interested in work across disciplines and media that examines the formal, cultural, social, and political dimensions of the arts today.

ASAP/11 will be held at the University of Maryland in College Park, which is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area as well as being in close proximity to Baltimore. Proposals drawing on resources, speakers, and legacies of the region are therefore especially welcome. We embrace projects that address local African-American culture, and Washington and Baltimore’s importance in the historical and contemporary African diaspora. We also seek to acknowledge the metropolitan region’s significant population of immigrants, including the highest concentration of Ethiopians, Salvadorans, and their descendants in the country. We hope to attract area professionals working in policy and advocacy around the arts and to rethink the role of the global from the perspective of a city that, as the seat of the federal government, brings together representatives from the entire country and the entire world.

Participants are urged to think as broadly and imaginatively as possible about the intersections between and among the contemporary arts and their institutions, economies, policies, and traditions. Proposals may consider artistic movements, collectives, and local scenes, including those online, or underground. They may discuss any theoretical, intellectual, or aesthetic formations or focus on individual artists, writers, designers, composers, or performers. Panels that consider a range of disciplines and methods and speak across traditional institutional or intellectual divides are especially encouraged.

The questions below are reflective of ASAP/11’s methodology and scope, but topics beyond these questions are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

SESSION FORMATS:

We encourage creative and alternative presentational styles, alongside traditional papers and panels. Seminars, workshops, panel debates, artist discussions, films, installations, visual displays, and other session types will be welcomed.

Proposed panels, roundtables, and seminars should include speakers from more than one institution. Advanced graduate students are welcome, but sessions comprised entirely of graduate students are unlikely to be accepted. We encourage panel organizers to seek participants from multiple disciplines and those that feature diverse methods. Because the number of total speaking and presentation slots is limited, one paper/presentation per registrant is allowed. This means that speakers should normally give a paper on one panel or roundtable, though they may also participate in a seminar if they wish. The program committee may also be able to accommodate requests for chairing/moderating panels.

Seminars normally meet for a single session, and papers are circulated among participants in advance of the conference. All seminars are open to conference attendees, but seminar leaders may designate whether and when audience participation is encouraged and should make appropriate arrangements to incorporate an audience.

Seminar leaders are asked to propose topics by March 11, 2019 via email to asap11.umd@gmail.com and to submit the full roster of participants by April 1, 2019.

PROPOSALS SHOULD INCLUDE:

Submission information, accommodation details, and registration costs will be available soon through the conference website.

Questions may be addressed to asap11.umd@gmail.com

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