Call for Applications: The Many Sites of Art

17th Spring School of the Réseau international de formation en histoire de l’art // Université de Montréal (Canada), 13-17 May 2019

For its 17th edition, RIFHA’s annual Spring School invites its partners and doctoral candidates to gather at the Université de Montréal in order to address the complex relations between artworks and the material, physical and institutional sites they occupy. Rather than exploring topics and fields associated with the representation of sites in the visual arts (scenography, cartography, landscapes, theories of perspective) the scientific program wishes to focus on the various modes through which artworks are influenced or even determined by their actual site or context of presentation. It will also seek to shed new light on the transformed perceptions and uses of a given site following the insertion, implantation or intrusion of an artwork in its midst.


From the opportunistic inclusion of actual relief in some figurative motifs of cave paintings to the practice of contemporary public art, the importance of site has often been acknowledged in the interpretation of visual arts and has entailed considerations for the material surfaces as well as for the historical and symbolic resonances of the sites invested by art.This calls attention to the remarkable extension of what can today be investigated under the lens of “the many sites of art”.


Organisers: Johanne Lamoureux, Denis Ribouillault

Coordinator: Diogo Rodrigues de Barros

Deadline for applications: February 28, 2019


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