DRAWING IN THE AGE OF THE ARTIST AS NETWORKER | Academic Session 11 | AAH2017 Annual Conference and Art Bookfair | 6-8 April 2017


The Association of Art Historians 2017 (AAH2017) Annual Conference, Loughborough University, 6-8 April 2017.

Keynote Speakers:

Amelia Jones 
(Robert A. Day Professor in Art and Design and Vice-Dean of Critical Studies at the Roski School of Art and Design)

Mark Hallett
(Director of studies at the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art)

Selected papers will celebrate the expansive spectrum of histories, theories and practices that characterize art historical research today. Internationally, the field of art history is eclectic and inclusive, reaching across geopolitical, cultural and disciplinary divides to extend our understanding of the visual and material culture of many diverse periods and places. At Loughborough, we are engaged with art history, contemporary practice and visual culture, linking arts-based research with advances in design, technology, media and communication, centred on the development of more sustainable and equitable global communities.

The academic sessions will reflect the breadth of the field from historical analysis and contemporary criticism to practice-led research including curating, conservation and heritage management.

Academic Session 11: Drawing in the Age of the Artist as Networker Loughborough University 6 -8 April 2017 part of the AAH2017
43rd Annual Conference & Art Book Fair

Convenors –Dr Deborah Harty (Loughborough University) and Professor Jill Journeaux  (Coventry University)

‘Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache’ said David Hockney. So drawing is a complex hand, eye, brain process requiring time and attention … No … drawing is an app? 

The session proposes to consider whether we should radically re-examine our framing of the activity of drawing, in the light of past approaches and present technologies. It aims to elicit differing perspectives (cultural, historical, gendered, disciplinary etc) through the following questions, as prompts and as provocations: 

• In the face of 21st century technology, why do we still draw? 
• How does drawing in the three dimensions and digitally challenge our traditional practices? 
• Is drawing a self-conscious embodied practice that requires the drawer to be present in the making? 
• Is drawing a skill or a pedagogy or can it be both? 
• How has drawing enhanced and informed our learnt experience and tacit knowledge? 
• Who collaborates and how in the making of drawings? 
We are looking for papers that explore these tensions and are informed by: 
• historical and contemporary drawing practices and the relationship between drawing and technologies 
• shifting ideas regarding the place of drawing in educational contexts including galleries, archives and museums 
• the perspective of disciplines other than art, for example neuroscience, creativity theory, medicine, and the use of drawing by scientists such as Ramon y Cajal or artists such as Tonks.

(See http://aah.org.uk/annual-conference/2017-conference for details)

 Conference Fees and Bookings

These will remain the same as for AAH2016. There is not a specific speaker or convenor rate, but both must pay to attend as is standard for academic conferences.

Booking prices:

£365 Full Conference

£265 Day Delegate

£275 Full Conference Member 
£215 Day Delegate Member
 £165 Full Conference Member Concession

 Book early and save (before 1 March 2017):

£300 Full Conference

£200 Day Delegate

£210 Full Conference Member
 £150 Day Delegate Member
 £100 Full Conference Member Concession

Lunch tickets will be charged at cost per day, per person (approx £10)

Online booking will be available late 2016.