Call for Contributions (Dis)Place: New Directions in the History of Art in Israel

Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Details: Call for Contributions

(Dis)Place: New Directions in the History of Art in Israel

May 17-18, 2017

Art History Department The Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of Arts Tel Aviv University

Commonly addressed as a narrative that begins in 1906, with the establishment of the Bezalel school of art and crafts in Jerusalem, art history and the historiography of art in Israel are mostly treated from a vertical perspective, that is through a chronologic development in time and space, which creates rigid hierarchies and categorizations. The changes in art history stimulated by the spatial turn provide an opportunity for re-thinking art in Israel during the modern and contemporary period, while also gaining insights from post colonialism; feminist theory and the global turn, as well as the nascent field of Israel studies. This conference aims to revisit basic questions about locality, identity and belonging in relation to the hierarchies of different narratives and the canon of art in Israel, as well as to introduce new questions about space, time and alterity.

The conference aims to map critical strategies and discuss new frameworks for thinking of histories of art and political conditions in Israel while dismantling the borders of that field – imaginary and concrete, thus serving as a venue to contemplate identities of artists working in and outside the state of Israel in an age of globalization and trans-nationalism. Also, an intersectional approach that considers multiple and overlapping identity categories, such as religion and nationality, will serve to discuss Palestinian art in Israel.

Among the questions critical to the conference are: In what ways have migration and the plurality of cultures in Israel impacted artistic production? How can the developments of art's relation to nationalism in Israel be reconsidered in light of global art history? Has the canon of art in Israel undergone significant revision, and what are its dynamics of inclusion and exclusion?

The conference aims to carve out new understandings of prevailing narratives while destabilizing established notions of self, state, and belonging. Possible topics for presentations include, but are not limited to art in Israel and:

Migration and transnationalism

Ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other identity-related categories

Peripheries, poly-centers, and power relations in the field

Gender and feminist theories

Local queer perspectives

Materiality and localism

Scopic regimes, bio-politics, surveillance and agency

Palestinian art

Neoliberalism and political structures

Religion and art

Collectivity/communality/activism and art

Pre-statehood art

Post colonialism

Artistic movements or institutional agents in the local field

Historiography of local art

The international reception of Israeli art/artists.

Scholars in Israel and from around the world are invited to send a proposal of maximum 300 words, along with a short CV, including a list of publications (up to 3 pages).

Please send your proposal to: by November 1, 2016. Notification of speakers will be by December 1, 2016.

Individual presentations will be 20 minutes in duration (a maximum of 2,200 words). Papers will be presented in English.

Conference organizers:

Prof. Assaf Pinkus, The Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University (

Dr. Tal Dekel, The Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University (

Link to the conference's site:

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