CIHA 2016 in Beijing

34th World Congress of Art History

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The relationship between the concept of Beauty and Art History, between aesthetics and Art History, the theme this panel proposes, calls into question a wide spectrum of issues regarding the status of Art and the role images, history, culture, and national and ethnics identities play in a globalized world. The aim of this panel is to reconsider the relationship between the concept of art and the concept of the canon in critical terms and in a dialogue with the scholarly debate the issue generated in the past decades. Special attention will be given to comparative studies able to broad the cultural and spatial borders and engage different cultural identities in their diverse contextual and transcultural dimensions. Possible points of reference include the pictorial turn and the anthropology of images, specifically the question of agency. By questioning the boundaries between artworks and images, between Art History and Visual Studies, these interpretive models call special attention towards the diversity of ethnic and national identities and their respective discrete cultures.

This session will focus on the following topics:

·The concepts of beauty and of the canon through a reconsideration of the different canons formulated by different cultures in relation to their original contexts and their possible migrations.

·The concept of beauty as antithesis of ugliness: a transcultural field of inquiry.

·The role images play in the field of communication, freedom of artistic expression, and defense of human rights.

·The aesthetic experience today and its connection to the neuro - and cognitive sciences.

·Art and the artistic process: the concept of agency.

·The attention towards the image and the emergence of history and memory.

·The vitality of images, “as if they were alive.”

·The animation of images, between consecration and intelligence.