CABC Proposal

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The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference invites paper and panel proposals for our 2021 conference, which will focus on “The Temperature of Art Book Criticism and Scholarship.” As the scale of participation in and range of approaches to artists’ books and publishing have blossomed in recent years, now is a key time to develop new critical tools for assessing artists’ books and their broader impact on the cultural and artistic practice. Artists’ book criticism in the 21st century must contend not only with the book as an artistic medium, but also art books’ engagement with a range of cultural histories and publishing traditions. The CABC invites approaches that draw from feminist studies, critical race studies, queer theory, activism, and non-western perspectives to broaden and deepen our understanding of artists’ publishing.

Our hope is for the conference to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of artists’ books; thus, we welcome submissions from art historians, artists, designers, critics, curators, librarians, collectors, booksellers, and practitioners in other fields. Graduate students and early-career artists and scholars are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submission is November 8, 2020.

All speakers will be paid an honorarium for participating in the conference.