The 2019 Annual Conference of the European Artistic Research Network (EARN) ― call for contributions

This year’s Annual Conference of the European Artistic Research Network (EARN) is convened by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery.

Taking place at Leeds Art Gallery on 8 & 9 November 2019, this two-day international conference ― Citation ― will explore the pluralised viewpoint that our contemporary critical methods demand.

It will address the ways in which artist-researchers or curatorial practices take positions on, or emphasise, shifting patterns of coexistent temporalities within the historical, social, political and economic contexts of contemporary visual culture.

Keynote speakers include Anselm Franke (Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin) and Catherine Grant, Birkbeck, University of London.

Contributions will address questions such as:

  • How do viewpoints that fragment, multiply or compete bring into question notions of proximity and complicity, i.e. the distances and engagements that artists can choose to have or not have in the societies they live in and the industries they depend upon?
  • How do contexts and histories bear on all of our sensory experiences of making and viewing – building upon existing images, events, documents, materials, performances, theories and testimonies, all of which are themselves already intertextual, mediated 'migrations'?

Artists, researchers, scholars, theorists and critics from across the world are invited  to submit proposals responding to the above call.

Contributions may include academic papers, durational performances*, thematic panels, audio-visual artworks*, workshops or seminar-style/discussion-led events.

Please email your submissions to by Monday 13 May 2019, 5pm GMT.

The following details must be included in your submission:

  • full name;
  • email address;
  • synopsis (maximum 300 words);
  • biography (maximum 150 words).

For performance and audio-visual submissions, please make sure a link to the work on Vimeo/another website is included for review. *As part of the conference, selected gallery spaces will be available for the display of the works.

The conference registration fee is £80 (students and independent researchers £55). Full details will be posted on our events pages in due course.

EARN (European Artistic Research Network) was established to share and exchange knowledge and experience in artistic research; foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among art researchers; promote wider dissemination of artistic research; and enable global connectivity and exchange for artistic research.

The network operates through a variety of means including regular international working-group meetings, workshops, seminars, symposia, conferences, winter/summer-school programmes, exhibitions and publications.

The 2019 edition of the European Artistic Research Network (EARN) conference is organised by Sam Belinfante, Sarah Brown (Leeds Museums and Galleries), Azadeh Fatehrad, Maki Fukuoka, Gill Park, Griselda Pollock and Nick Thurston. The conference is hosted by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies  at the University of Leeds, in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery.

For further information about the 2019 conference, please contact Azadeh Fatehrad (please use the subject header ‘EARN Conference’).

Image: Vladimir Nikolic. Event Horizon installation photo, Tobacco 001 Cultural Center, Ljubljana, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.