Call for Papers - Historicising Digital Art

Posted by Charlie Gere | Tue Sep 24th 2002 1 a.m.

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Call for Papers

Historicizing Digital Art

Session for the 2003 Association of Art Historians Conference

To be held at Birkbeck College and University College London
10th - 13th April 2003

Art made using computers and other new technologies has in general
received little attention from art historians. Since the 1960s it has
been treated as a marginal activity that is largely irrelevant to the
concerns of the history of art and to the trajectories and debates it
engages with. But recently, with the rise of the World Wide Web and the
increasingly important role played by digital technology in current
society, this has begun to change. The critical interest generated by
contemporary artistic movements such as has also enabled the
recovery of a rich history of practice in this area, going back to the
1950s and before. Digital and computer practice is being belatedly
recognised as an important part of the history of contemporary art.
There is a certain urgency to this as both the work and knowledge of
pioneering practitioners are in danger of disappearing before they can
be properly accounted for and given their due place in the narratives of
modern and post-modern cultural history.

For this session proposals are invited for papers that look at the
history of digital and computer art, or which consider the issues in
historicizing this area, which, hitherto, has not received the attention
it deserves. Contributions are also welcome that look at questions of
curation, conservation and collecting of digital art.

Proposals should be no longer than 200 words and be accompanied by
contact details and an email address. Speakers are not paid and are
expected to pay conference fees, but are offered reduced rates. If you
are intending to apply for funding please let me know. This is
particularly important if your attendance is conditional on funding, or
if you are applying for British Academy funding.

The deadline is the 1st November 2002. Please send proposals to

Dr Charlie Gere

By email to

Or by snail mail to

School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media
Birkbeck College, University of London
43 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

Enquiries to Dr Gere on ++44(0)20 7 631 6128
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