Contemporary look at the Visual Arts in the Mediterranean

International Symposium Contemporary look at the Visual Arts in the Mediterranean: The inter-territorial cultural issue. The Mediterranean basin is a region of the world that spawned many cultures. Pluralities ideological, ethnic diversities and artistic riches of these crops had forced, since antiquity, their oppositions, that had been results of relations of superiority, always in favor of dominant societies and civilizations.

Call for papers
Deadline: 30/12/2011

Call for Papers
International Symposium
Contemporary look at the Visual Arts in the Mediterranean: The inter-territorial cultural issue

The Mediterranean basin is a region of the world that spawned many cultures.
Pluralities ideological, ethnic diversities and artistic riches of these crops had forced, since antiquity, their oppositions, that had been results of relations of superiority, always in favor of dominant societies and civilizations.
This opposition grew and became more and more increased in the Mediterranean especially in the nineteenth century in the colonial period and during the twentieth century. That’s was the result of the division of the Mediterranean into northern and southern bank.

This division has completely shifted in favor of the northern Mediterranean that has imposed its ideologies, ways and means of cultural transmission of knowledge and expertise to the regions south eastern Mediterranean. Therefore, the artistic practice of northern bank had influenced the southest one and had deeply contributed of its impregnantion.

As part of this opposition, the birth and development of Visual Arts in the South have failed to undergo a major implication of the Euro-Mediterranean Arts. This allows us to retain two key aspects contributing actively to the future of this relationship. The first is historical in nature and directly affects the unbalanced evolution of Visual Arts between the two sides. The second is cultural in nature and raises questions of legitimacy is revealing, especially under the thick fabric of identity and otherness.

So, it seems that the issues raised by contemporary art practices from both banks of the Mediterranean have evolved following respective references, actual and distinct.

We suggest through this call to communication organizing an international colloquium within which we think about the question of the cultural inter-territoriality with regard to the field of the Visual Arts in its contradictory and complementary aspects. Is the inventory of fixtures of the visual practices in the Mediterranean Basin today, only, dependent on relations North / South lunatics? Do these old historic connections still persist in front of the current world order which subjects the “globalized” artistic scene in new cultural and territorial relations?
In mind of these questioning, we advance some axes of reflection in the sense of a ré-interrogation of the current state of the interterritorial cultural connections in the méditerranan area and in the field of the Visual Arts. This symposium is aimed to all the researchers, artists, critics and other researchers who are implicated of these questions that we provide some areas of research:

  1. The profile of the old relation “North / South” in contemporary art experiences in the Mediterranean: is it still operating?
  2. Facing the challenge of globalization today is it possible to speak about a “Mediterranean Artwork?
  3. The ” Visual Arts ” méditerranée between local generic and practical naming.
  4. What can we hope from a cultural and artistic “interbreeding” in this region of the world?

This symposium is organized in Tunisia by the Higher Institute of Arts and Crafts, Kairouan Higher Institute of Arts and Crafts of Gabes and the Higher Institute of fashion of Monastir.

It is a roaming symposium whose lectures will be organized jointly between the three institutions during the month of April 2011.

Proposals for papers of 25 minutes, in Arabic, French or English, with an abstract of about 250-300 words and a photocopy of the passport for foreigners, should be sent before December 30, 2011 to Mr. Khaled Abida on the following address:
colloque.org@gmail.com

Scientific Committee:
Edmong Nogacki (Professor Emeritus, University of Valenciennes)
Hayet Tlili (Professor, University of Tunis-Carthage)
Hmida Makhlouf (Professor, University of Carthage 7 November)
Ben Naceur Sheikh (Professor Emeritus, University 7 November, Carthage)
Hafedh Abderrahim (Director of ISAM, University of Gabes)
Rachida Triki (Professor, University of Tunis)

Organizing Committee:
Abida Khalid (Lecturer, University November 7 – Carthage)
Sana Jemmali Ammari (Director of the Higher Institute of Fashion Crafts-University of Monastir)
Wafa Bourkhis (Teacher-Researcher, University of Tunis – Artois (France))
Khayrallah Ben Taieb Belaid (President of the Association of Fine Arts of the Sahel – Sousse)
Abdelmounem Taouai (Teacher researcher, UR CAST, University of Gabes)
Nizar Mouakhar (Lecturer, University of Gabes)

Note: Foreign participants shall pay the costs of travel. The conference organizers are responsible for accommodation of participants and publishing the conference proceedings.
The reaseachers whose papers are accepted by the scientific committee must necessarily submit their full texts before 30 March 2O11.

colloque.org@gmail.com

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