ALAA Triennial Conference

ALAA Fifth Triennial Conference


Fifth Triennial Conference

Chicago, March 8-9, 2019


The World Turned Upside Down:

Arts of Oppression and Resistance in the American Hemisphere

 In keeping with these uneasy times, this Triennial welcomes studies of artworks and visual practices that either materialize powers of a presumed establishment or push back against its projected dominance, made or enacted anytime during more than 3000 years of Latin American history. An agent characterized as “radical” is often understood to challenge the fundamental nature of something, be it an established governance framework, broadly accepted social traditions, propagated religious strictures, or other oppressive cultural forces. This conference is interested in the fundamental role that art and architecture has played in both compounding constrictive powers and in giving shape to resistance, whether localized or widespread, subtle or indeed radical.

The committee therefore seeks proposals that offer specific answers to broad questions such as: How has art functioned to secure compliance, to encourage conformity, to intimidate, or to aestheticize state violence? Or in contrast, how do artistic practices demonstrate the will to resist, to protest, or to aggressively revolt? Case studies might use gender as a helpful index for exploring, for instance, visual culture that scaffolds patriarchal structures or works that deliver feminist challenges. Oppression and resistance could alternatively be viewed through the lens of form, perhaps with adherence to stylistic norms that affirm a particular worldview, or by way of notable artistic departures that seek to turn that world upside down. We encourage paper proposals that focus on overlooked and neglected artistic traditions, or offer new interpretations of canonical works of art. Submissions engaging methodologies drawn from decolonial, postcolonial, and critical race studies, as well as intersectional approaches to visual culture, among others, are also welcomed.

To be considered, participants must be members of the Association for Latin American Art. Please submit a CV as well as an abstract of approximately 500 words by Sept. 1, 2018 via e-mail to Delia Cosentino: