SYMPOSIUM DAY ONE: Tilting the World
29 November, 2013
ALL DAY - see program on symposium page for schedule times
The symposium will be held over two days in November. Friday 29 at the University of Sydney, and Saturday 30 at the Art Gallery of NSW. Full details are available on the symposium page here.
The Power Institute in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is proud to present Tilting the World: Histories of Modern and Contemporary Asian Art. Tilting the World is an ambitious symposium, which will bring to Sydney international experts and emerging scholars to discuss the past, present and future of Asian art. Collectively, this symposium asks: what is at stake in the study of modern and contemporary Asian art cultures today, particularly as we head into what is being styled “the Asian Century”?.
This significant event has been organised to honour the career of Professor John Clark, who retires this year from the department. For over twenty years Professor Clark has pioneered, and indeed shaped, the field of modern and contemporary Asian art history. This has been achieved particularly through the production of influential, globally recognized reference texts such as Modern Asian Art (1998), and by his direct nurturing and encouragement of several generations of scholars and curators who are now at the forefront of this burgeoning field. True to this spirit, the symposium looks to the future, highlighting the vital current research being developed by early career scholars, both in Australia and from around the world, active as researchers, curators and critics. Tilting the World signals the belief that new approaches to these vital aspects of Asian cultural histories are central to understanding our world.
Reflecting an understanding of the cultural richness and complexity of Asian modernities, the symposium features cross-disciplinary approaches, encompassing art history, sociology, anthropology, media and visual cultural studies, which highlight the layered richness of cultural experience within, between and beyond nations. Keynote speakers who have worked with Professor Clark over the years have been invited to indicate the breadth of his research legacy.
Tilting the World is a free event. The current schedule including full list of speakers and downloadable PDF with abstracts, can be found on the Symposium page here. Registration will open in early September, via an online form to be uploaded on the Symposiums page then.
Tilting the World is presented by the Power Institute in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW. The event is being convened by Dr Olivier Krischer.