Call for Papers: IFLA Art Libraries Section

These Times to Us Are Worth Savin’: Documenting the Art of Social Transformation since 1960 World Library and Information Congress, Wrocław, Poland, 19-25 August 2017

Over the last half century, artists worldwide have leveraged visual culture to effect social change.  Art’s ability to provoke discussion and transform cultural attitudes has been palpable. Historically important and of intense, interdisciplinary interest, this controversial area of art production presents difficulties for libraries. By its nature anti-establishment, activist art challenges social norms, aesthetic canons, and also traditional documentation practices. Social issues like race relations, fair labor, HIV/AIDS, and gender and sexuality arouse strong opinions and feelings. Intentionally provocative art that tackles these issues is certain to offend and can be difficult for institutions to prioritize. Non-traditional or fragile media used by activist artists, like graffiti, interventions, performance, and Web art, can be especially resistant to traditional collecting methods.

At the 2017 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland, the IFLA Art Libraries and Social Science Libraries Sections are sponsoring a session that will give an international perspective on documenting modern and contemporary visual art that lies at the intersection of artistic practice and social activism. We are seeking speakers who will discuss important repositories of social activist art, innovative documentation methods, and related collecting concerns ranging from censorship and copyright to cross-border cultural patrimony. The term activist art is conceived of broadly and is meant to encompass art in any medium, traditional or non. Papers that speak to the topic from a non-European or North American viewpoint are especially encouraged.

Full details for submissions may be found on the Congress website at http://2017.ifla.org/cfp-calls/art-libraries-section-joint-with-social-science-libraries-section

Please submit your proposal no later than 1 March 2017 to:

Sandra Ludig Brooke, Chair of the IFLA Art Libraries Section

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Barbara Rendall

National Secretary

ARLIS/ANZ