The 11th Triannual Nordik Committee for Art History Conference
NORDIK 2015 – Mapping Uncharted Territories
University of Iceland, Reykjavík
13-16 May 2015

About the Conference

The 2015 conference is entitled Mapping Uncharted Territories. It aims to explore questions about the structure of the "art-world" and the establishment of hierarchies within it. Any key theme in this respect is the perceived dichotomy between "centre" and "periphery", an important issue in art historical discourse in the past decades. Within the Nordic countries and in other locations that can be referred to as "marginal" this raises questions about ideas, identity, and power, and how to empower those that perceive themselves to be in a marginal position. In recent decades it has become increasingly evident that the lack of research into the non-centric aspects of art has left us with a very imcomplete picture of art history in general, its forms, structures and forces. We now perceive an increasing need to travel to those largely unchartered territories and attempt to map them, categorize them and understand. This practice enables us to criticize and disrupt the centric and provide a more coherent art-world view where both centre and periphery are included in a comprehensive manner.

The conference attempts to engage these issues in an apt way, in a multifaceted manner where an attempt is made to approach the diverse aspects of art and design's historical lacunae in all their variety. All in all, the conference includes more than 130 papers. These are organized into 21 themes and 42 sessions. They engage both with the diversity of art historical research in the Nordic while at the same time attracting papers from researchers all over the world dealing with the same or similar issues.  The conference NORDIK 2015 - Mapping Uncharted Territories is organized by the Nordic Committee for Art History, University of Iceland, Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Icelandic Association for Art History and Aesthetics in collaboration with the National Gallery of Iceland, Museum of Design and Applied Art, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík Arts Festival and the Nordic House.

Keynote Speakers

- Professor Elaine O'Brien, Sacramento State University
- Professor Terence E. Smith, University of Pittsburg
- Gavin Jantjes, Chief Curator, Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design, Oslo

Session: Progressive Art Education and the Spread of Modernism Beyond Europe

Session convenors: Dr. Melanie Klein (Freie Universität Berlin), and Prof. Dr. Isabel Wünsche (Jacobs University Bremen)

The crucial role that progressive art education played in the spread, reception, and adaptation of European Modernism beyond Europe has largely been neglected in art history writing. The session examines the interrelations between modernist art and contemporary concepts of progressive education and the role that art played in Reformpädagogik. Discussing the educational activities of modernist artists and art educators as well as the educational reform efforts at modernist art schools that shaped the spread of Modernism to North America, Asia, Africa, and Australia, particular focus is on its reception and adaptation within the cultural traditions and domestic art scenes of these regions. Furthermore, the session wishes to contrast the various pedagogical efforts with the theoretical positions and institutional policies of major exponents of modernist art history and to addresses gender roles in the production, dissemination, and adaptation of modernist art beyond the Western World

Part 1: The Bauhaus Going Global

- Helena Capkova, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan: Japanese and Czechoslovak Bauhaus. Entangled Networks of Progressive Education

- Andrew McNamara, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia: Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack

- Ann Stephen, University of Sydney, Australia

- Isabel Wünsche, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany: Josef and Anni Albers in the Antipodes

Part 2: Travelling Concepts in Art Education

- Lisa L. Kriner, Berea College, Kentucky, USA: 'Traditional' Handicrafts as a Path to Education in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of the United States

- Melanie Klein, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany: "What is this thing called art?" Emerging discourses in South African art educational venues

- Claudia Marion Stemberger, McGill University, Montreal, Canada: Rhodes Gone Global: Selective Borrowing" or "Veering South"?

Conference Sessions

1. Annamari Vänskä & Hazel Clark: Critical Fashion Curating

2. Harald Klinke: Digital Art History - a new frontier in research

3. Mark Ian Jones: Discontinuities and Alternative Histories: Mapping the peripheral in Nordic Modernity

4. Hans Hayden & Charlotta Krispinsson: Expanding Perspectives in the Study of Art Historiography

5. Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir: Histories of Media Art in the Nordic and Baltic Countries

6. Arndís S. Árnadóttir: Mapping local/regional design history in the Nordic periphery

7. Jón Proppé: Mapping the Art of the West-Nordic Countries

8. Rasmus Kjærboe & Karen Westphal Eriksen: Marginal Modernisms within the Nordic countries

9. Tonje H. Sørensen & Tove Kårstad Haugsbø: Meaningless Landscapes? From National Roots to Transnational Routes

10. Mari Hvattum, Mari Lending, & Wallis Miller: Mediating Modern Architecture

11. Marta Edling, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir: Navigating in a landscape of conflicting views on artistic research: History, practices, policies

12. Tania Ørum: Nordic Avant-Garde  Movements after World War II

13. Malin Hedlin Hayden & Magdalena Holdar: Performance As Visual Art In the Nordic Countries

14. Melanie Klein & Isabel Wünsche: Progressive Art Education and the Spread of Modernism beyond Europe 

15. Charlotte Bydler & Mårten Snickare: Resisting art world violence: Indigenous/Sámi art and material culture in a post-peripheral view

16. Clarence Burton Sheffield, Jr.: The Aesthetics of the Margin: The Role of Global Literary theory for Scandinavian Modernism and Nordic Art History

17. Guðrún Harðardóttir: The Mini as a reflection of the Macro. Miniatures as source material

18. Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud & Gry Hedin: Uncharted nature: Nordic Landscapes in the Era of the Anthropocene

19. Dagný Heiðdal & Steinar Örn Atlason: Uncharted Photography: On the relationship between Photography and other Media, particularly Painting, in Nordic Pictorial Tradition

20. Renja Suominen-Kokkonen & Hanna Kemppi: Unwanted Monuments & The Silenced Pasts

21. Sarah Timme: Vikings, Gods and Heroes. Northern Antiquity in Visual Art after the Middle Ages

22. Ylva Sommerland & Margareta Wallin Wictorin: Writing comics into art history and art history into comics

Nordic Committee of Art History

The committee consists of two members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and one substitute from each country. Members of the committee are appointed by the general assembly of Nordic Committee for Art History for a period of three years. The general assembly usually takes place in connection with the Nordic Conference for the History of Art, which takes place every third year in one of the Nordic countries. The present committee was appointed by the general assembly that took place in connection with NORDIK 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden


© — Claudia Marion Stemberger 2019