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Call for Papers: Philosophy Conference on Street Art

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Call for Papers
Art in & of the Streets
Philosophy Conference
Date: March 5th – 7th, 2015
Location: New York City
Hosts: The Pratt Institute & New York University
Organizers: Christy Mag Uidhir (Houston), Nicholas Riggle (NYU), Gregg M. Horowitz (Pratt)
Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
  • What is street art, and who is its proper audience?
  • How do the various forms of street art (graffiti, urban vinyl, poster art, street performance and installation) relate to their Fine-Art kin (painting, calligraphy, sculpture, fine-art prints, concert/theatre performance, performance/conceptual art)?
  • How does street art relate to other “post-museum” and “post-studio” art forms?
  • Is street art essentially site-specific? What are the implications for the restoration or conservation of works of street art?
  • Is there such a thing as a street art “aesthetic”? What constitutes authenticity in street art?
  • Does legality/criminality (e.g., vandalism, trespassing, copyright, etc.) play an aesthetic or art-making role for works of street art?
  • Do municipalities incur obligations (aesthetic or otherwise) to preserve works of street art?
  • How do matters of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. figure differently within the world of street art as compared to the traditional artworld?
  • What exactly is “the street” as employed in thought and talk about street art?
Papers should be roughly 3000 words and formatted for blind review. The deadline for all submissions is September 1st, 2014. Notifications of acceptance or rejection will be sent by Nov. 1st, 2014.
Papers submitted by graduate students will be considered for a travel award—all graduate student submissions should be clearly marked as such. Papers, and any questions, should be sent to Christy Mag Uidhir (cmaguidhir@gmail.com).
This conference is funded through generous gifts from:
 The American Society for Aesthetics and The Pratt Institute.

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