[oberlist] BG* cfp/conf/urb: Public Art in the Balkans, American Research Center in Sofia, 14-15 March 2013

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Subject: [BAN] CfP: Public Art in the Balkans, American Research Center in
Sofia, 14-15 March 2013
From:    "Archer, Rory (rory.archer at uni-graz.at)" <rory.archer at uni-graz.at>
Date:    Mon, November 19, 2012 5:20 pm
To:      "Balkans at list.uni-graz.at" <Balkans at list.uni-graz.at>

Von: Eric De Sena [mailto:desena.arcs at gmail.com]

American Research Center in Sofia


CONFERENCE: Public Art in the Balkans from the Roman Empire to Yesterday
(AD 113-2013)

Upon his return from the conquest of Dacia, the Roman Emperor Trajan
commissioned the construction of a new forum in the city of Rome. A
highlight of this spectacular public space was a column standing 100 feet
tall and embellished with a narrative of the military campaigns in Dacia.
Dedicated in AD 113, this monument commemorates Trajan's victory; taken
together with the other features of the forum (law court, markets and
libraries) the Column also stresses "Romanitas" (the meaning and values of
Rome). In order to celebrate the 1900th anniversary of the Column of
Trajan, the American Research Center in Sofia will host a Conference:
Public Art in the Balkans from the Roman Empire to Yesterday (AD
113-2013), which will take place March 14-15, 2013.

Public Art - defined here as art commissioned or authorized by political
leaders for permanent display in public spaces - has always played an
important role in the cities and towns of Balkan countries. Public Art
displays and expresses the deeds, accomplishments, sorrows, identity, and
values of leaders, cities, nations and empires. The meaning of public art
changes over the course of time and with each viewer: an example of art
proudly installed by a leader may be despised and, even, removed by the
next generation; a great event may become insignificant after the passing
of centuries; a great leader may still be considered great after 1900

The ARCS organizing committee seeks papers that address this theme
globally or locally, synchronically or diachronically. The broad temporal
range of the conference (Roman period through the present day) reflects
the mission of ARCS to embrace, promote and investigate the history and
culture of Bulgaria and the Balkans over time. It provides a venue for
scholars who may not normally have the opportunity to meet and exchange
approaches and methods. Papers may address any aspect of Public Art in the
Balkans, including but not limited to:

o Original context and meaning - agents, historical background, setting,
style and iconography o Regional comparison (from city to city, province
to province, country to country ) o Links between exemplars of Public Art
from different periods o Role and re-interpretation of Public Art in later

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words in English to:

Eric C. De Sena, Director American Research Center in Sofia
sofiadirector at arcsofia.org<mailto:sofiadirector at arcsofia.org>

Abstract deadline is January 30, 2013 with notification of a decision
shortly thereafter. The conference is open to senior and junior scholars,
including PhD students.
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