SOAS University of London

Call for Abstracts: Decolonising the Self: Representations of the Self in Art Theory and Practice across Cultures (Postgraduate Workshop)

7 August 2018

PhD students and early career researchers from disciplines such as art history, fine arts, religious studies and anthropology are invited to participate in the workshop “Decolonising the Self: Representations of the Self in Art Theory and Practice across Cultures”. The objective of this workshop is to explore cross-cultural notions of selfhood in art theory and practice from a multi-disciplinary perspective. This workshop will be
held at SOAS, University of London during November 2018.

The workshop aims to open a debate around questions including:

  • In which different ways do artists from non-Western artistic traditions represent selfhood?
  • What notions of selfhood do these works of art embody?
  • How do Western notions of selfhood alter (or not) the way these works of art are interpreted today?
  • Do Western theories of representation centred around the human face and body direct these interpretations?
  • How would a cross-cultural approach to understanding selfhood expand today’s art theories and practices?

This one-day workshop is open to SOAS and non-SOAS participants alike. All convenors are current graduate students, and the workshop provides a welcoming environment for invited participants to debate topics related with aspect of their research and/or artistic practice to an audience of students, artists and faculty members. The workshop will be
divided in three sessions moderated by either a scholar or an artist. A sandwich luncheon will be provided and we have modest fund to cover participants’ travel to the workshop, equivalent to domestic travelling within the United Kingdom.

Please register your interest by emailing an abstract no longer than 300 words explaining your research interest and its contribution to this workshop to Mariana Zegianini ( by September 30, 2018. Please also include your name, year of study, university and department.

Further information about the workshop will be updated shortly on the workshop's
Facebook page.

Workshop kindly supported by SOAS Doctoral School’s Conference Fund