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New Directions in Art Studies

New Directions in Art Studies

The Second Art Studies conference aims to chart emergent directions in art writing, pedagogy, criticism and production of Philippine art. The latter is broadly conceived, from the visual and literary to the architectural and performative and on to the hypermediated. While the 2002 Art Studies conference reflected on discourses that have shaped writing on Philippine art, this conference maps out new disciplinal streams and modes of studying Philippine art. As such, it is seen as a platform of inquiry situating Philippine art studies in a critically interpretive and interrogative space. While the reflexive posture that the conference takes signals the act of looking back, it also intimates possibilities and directions, and aims to form coherent signposts and productive engagements for scholars, researchers and artists alike, in the future.

The conference explores the following themes:
• Production of knowledge about Philippine art

• Systems sustaining dominant knowledge of Philippine art

• Art and the everyday – revisiting the links between art and life

• Spaces of pedagogy and spaces of critique

• Art practice as pedagogical possibility

• Tracing disciplinal orientations in art studies and humanities

• Curriculum building and textbook writing in the Humanities

Curatorial Practice
• Exhibitions as dialogical platforms

• Curatorial models that challenge the notion of an art ‘center’

• Curation and pedagogy

• Curation and aesthetic debates: Variant modes of art reception

• Collaborative curatorial practice

• Curation and the production of contemporary art history

• Curation, institutions, and art markets

Local Art Writing and Criticism

• Local art writing and their specific discourses

• Local criticism and regional, global resonances

• Knowledge production and local art writing in relation to the
question of aesthetics

• Modes of circulation and audience formation

• Is art history global?

• Theory of art in the Philippines

Disciplinal Intersections
• New studies in Philippine art and society

• Formation of disciplinal nodes and networks via
disciplinal intersections

• Mapping creative, multi-disciplinal modes of inquiry
and responses

• Interdisciplinal trajectories
• Methods in global art history or history of global art

• Art and social movements (class, gender, ecology,
ethnicity, spirituality)
Art historians, researchers, curators, artists and art administrators engaged in various art forms and whose works explore these themes and related issues are invited to send proposals for individual presentations. Proposals should include title and abstract of 250 words, contact details and institutional affiliation. Conference fee is P2, 500.00 and includes a copy of conference proceedings, light snacks and dinner. Early bird registration is P1, 800.00 until 15 December 2009.

Inquiries and registrations of interest thru artstudiesnewdirections@gmail.com or the following conference conveners:
Prof. Cecilia S. Dela Paz Prof. Patrick D. Flores, PhD Prof. Tessa Maria T. Guazon

Department of Art Studies, College of Arts and Letters Faculty Center Room 2092 University of the Philippines-Diliman 1101 Quezon City; (+632-9270581 / +632-9818500 local 2115)

15 December 2009 Deadline for submission of proposals

30 December 2009 Notification for accepted proposals

30 December 2009 Deadline for conference registration

30 January 2010 Submission of full papers


About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.


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Internship program: We already closed the call for museum interns. We will have another batch in May. For Library Internships (UP Vargas Museum - Library and Archives), please check details posted here. Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures is on its fifth week of viewing. This Curating Development exhibition is open until 28 March 2018. Books, reports, and other materials about #migration #policy are available for reading at the 3F South Wing, courtesy of colleagues from Goldsmiths - University of London, Scalabrini Migration Center Philippines, Enrich HK, Department of Sociology of The University of Hong Kong - HKU - 香港大學, and Keele University. The Living Architecture Exhibition is on view until 7 April 2018. Here is one of the four Tiyad structures created by Indy Paredes on the porches of the museum. Paredes will be joined by architecture and urban planning specialists on 24 March for the Artkitektura Exhibit Encounters 3: Vargas Conversations - "How can we make our cities more human?" Activity details will soon be posted on our Facebook event page. @artkitekturafestival Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures at the 3F Galleries is extended until 28 March 2018. For guided tours, please send a message to vargasmuseum@gmail.com.

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1F - Living Architecture Exhibition: 7 April 2018
3F - Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures: 28 March 2018 The internship program of the Vargas Museum is a good opportunity to understand and experience museum work. The museum invites undergraduate and graduate students of Art Studies, Humanities, Fine Arts, Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, Cultural Heritage, History, Library Science, and Archives Studies to apply:

Please send applications to vargasmuseum@gmail.com with subject line “INTERN-Museum APR 2018”. The program is designed to give the intern an overview of museum practices: collections management, curation, exhibition coordination, and educational programming. For March 2018, we need interns to assist with research of objects, manuscripts, and memorabilia for upcoming exhibitions.

Library and Archives INTERNS
Please send applications to vargaslibraryarchives@gmail.com with subject line “INTERNS-Library 2018”. Application is all year round.

Interns will index the serials collection, digitize the archive and memorabilia collection, and contribute to the inventory of the library collection. Applicants are preferably Library Science majors.

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