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The Global Work of the Prestige Exhibition

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Posted by: Carleton University
Deadline: Tue, May 1st, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: Universities Art Association of Canada Conference

Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, October 25-27, 2018 

The Global Work of the Prestige Exhibition 

The prestige exhibition of the 1970s has been called many things: the state-sponsored loan exhibition, the détente show, the foreign-policy exhibition, the treasure exhibition, and the blockbuster. In Canada, government officials argued (invariably with reference to the divergent aims of the National Gallery’s international program), that the prestige exhibition provided a means of promoting Canada’s political and cultural relations abroad. Participation in prominent international art exhibitions was important in promoting a nation’s international orientation, but attention to countries that played a leading role in contemporary Western art was only one part of “the development of cultural relations on a global basis.” This session invites papers that address the prestige exhibition as an international exhibition type and explore its place in developing global cultural relations, past and present. We welcome contributions that critically assess the role of these shows in defining national patrimonies against objects of “outstanding universal value” identified by UNESCO as integral to “world cultural heritage.” Diverse geographic and disciplinary perspectives are welcome.


Session Chairs:

Lynda Jessup (Queen’s University)

Sarah E.K. Smith (Carleton University)


Guidelines for submission:

Proposals are due May 1, 2018. Proposals must be sent directly to the chair(s) of the session, round table, or panel.

Submissions must include:

·            the name of the applicant

·            the applicant’s email address

·            the applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank

·            title of proposal

·            a proposal (300 words maximum)

·            a brief biography (150 words maximum)


Conference Information:

Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, October 25-27, 2018, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Conference Information:

Posted on Thu, March 1st, 2018
Expires on Tue, May 1st, 2018

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