CFP: Not At Home ­– Migration, Pilgrimage, and Displacement in Art, Design, and Visual Culture

Deadline: Jan 6, 2017
Berkeley/Stanford Symposium at SFMOMA, San Francisco, California

Submissions Due: Jan 6, 2017 – Accepted participants will be informed
by January 23
Symposium: April 8th 2017, San Francisco, California

Organizers: University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University,
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Contact information: Jess
Genevieve Bailey, & Danny Smith,

Not at Home is an opportunity to discuss how visual material has
registered changing relations to home over time.  How have home and its
opposites – displacement, estrangement, voyage, or exile – manifested
in visual expression and material culture throughout history? How does
the home/not-at-home duality shape a person, artist, or community’s
relationship to home?  If home is denied, rejected, or destroyed, what
are the spaces of not-at-home, and how are they visually created? What
role can visual material or culture play in making the not-at-home into

Not At Home seeks abstracts and proposals from emerging voices from
within and outside of academic art history. We welcome proposals for
short talks, interviews and/or panels, workshops, space-specific
performance work, or gallery talks in dialog with SFMOMA’s collection.
Traditional academic conference presentations will be showcased
alongside more experimental contributions. Applicants should be either
current graduate students (in any field) or emerging young voices from
the wider field and community of visual culture such as artists,
writers, or museum professionals. Proposed  material may range from
research projects to previously exhibited performances.

We hope to address both specific examples from across cultures and time
periods as well as broader conversations on disciplinary and
institutional boundaries within academia and the arts, questioning what
is not-at-home within our disciplines. Potential topics may include
(and are certainly not limited to): belonging, estrangement,
habitation, homelessness, migration, domesticity, tolerance,
discrimination, relocation, travel, politics of space,
urbanism/suburbanism, tourism, gendered or racialized spaces of home or
estrangement, cultural or religious diasporas, histories of cultural
institutions, pilgrimage, nation-building and nationalism, borders,
sit-ins and walk-outs, occupations, materials and memories of home,
artistic practices of home-making and home-denying.

For more information please visit

Please submit:
A 300 word abstract including a description of format
A Participant CV (For collaborative work please include CVs for all
A description of any needed support beyond a standard microphone (such
as performance space, audience configuration, or sound system.)

All materials can be submitted online at or via email by sending all
materials to:

Materials must be submitted  no later than January 6, 2017. Accepted
participants will be informed by January 23, 2017.


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