Art as Commodities / Commodities as Art: An Interdisciplinary Conference

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We at White Rose College are organising Art as Commodities / Commodities as Art, an interdisciplinary conference to take place on 14 June 2019 at the University of York (see attached for flyers). Please note, the deadline is 29 March.

Papers are welcome across artistic media and geographic regions. In particular, we wish to cover the following topics:

·         The art and antiques market

·         Collecting, provenance and the “social life of things”

·         The materials of art

·         The value of artistic labour

·         Art and global trade/empire

·         Non-western art in Europe and vice-versa

·         Artistic representations of commodities, e.g. still life

·         The art of the Low Countries (Belgium and the Netherlands)


The conference is a unique opportunity to share one’s research in an under-explored field, and meet other like-minded scholars. Our keynote, Dr Leah Clark from the Open University, will be hosted by York’s Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Generously funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH/AHRC), we are able to fund travel (£75 for UK speakers) as well as overnight accommodation. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, together with dinner in town.

Please send a short speaker profile and an abstract of 300 words maximum to by the above date. For further enquiries, please contact Adam Sammut, PhD candidate at the University of York, at with “Art as commodities” in the subject header.

Yours Sincerely,

Adam Sammut, University of York

Simon Spier, University of Leeds

Apurba Chatterjee, University of Sheffield.


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