Call for Proposals: Radical Inclusivity Symposium

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Radical Inclusivity, which will be held on May 3rd, from 10am to 1pm, is a symposium discussing and challenging the current status quo in the art world, and how it needs to change.

Graduate students at Paris College of Art are inviting calls for proposals challenging the status quo and empowering perspectives from communities less often heard. Students, curators, researchers, artists, scholars, and others are invited to submit a proposal for a 10 to 15 minutes talk.

Types of Submissions: We are seeking all ideas for presentations, ranging from the traditional (such as oral presentations / lectures / image collections) to creative art installations. We welcome surprises.

To Apply: Submit a 200-300 word abstract to gradsymposium@paris.edu by 9 April 2021. Please submit two versions: one with your name + contact information + geographic location + a brief background of your research/practice, and the other without, for reviewing purposes. Proposals must be submitted in English and you must be able to present in English.

Deadlines: Applications will be accepted until 9 April 2021. Applicants will be notified if accepted by 16 April 2021.

“Vision is always a question of the power to see – and perhaps of the violence implicit in our visualizing practices.” —Donna Haraway, Situated Knowledges, 1988

In 1988, Donna Haraway questioned objectivity, partial and disembodied perspective in knowledge production: ways of seeing in order to imply ways of knowing. Feminist politics have confronted the power of the male gaze—specifically the western male gaze—through the idea of situated knowledge producing possible unexepected openings. This critical approach of the gaze is tangential to many different social movements struggling for autonomy: gender-queer politics, intersectionality, racial and colonial discrimination, ageism, ableism, environmentalism, non-human politics, etc. Visual practices in the art world today are still ruled by a dominant system which has historically repressed various groups of people. How does this question of inclusivity in the art world pertain to the current context of burgeoning social movements and the divisive nature of the global pandemic? How can the notion of “radical inclusivity” be interpreted in visual practices? We aim to discuss inclusivity in art in order to connect it to a larger human experience and challenge its current iteration through dominant systems.

This symposium calls to dimensions of the art world that have been historically suppressed, underrepresented, and delegitimized, in order to give them voices.

Radical Inclusivity is an open call to examine new forms of artistic realities willing to be grounded in situated experiences.

We welcome multidisciplinary proposals challenging the status quo and seeking a reorganization of hierarchy through empowering perspectives from communities less often heard. 

*The symposium will be held in hybrid format (option to present via Zoom or in-person in Paris, France, with COVID-19 protocols) on 3 May 2021, 10:00-13:00 GMT+1.