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Writing About Contemporary Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities - 20 - 22 October 2017

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Writing About Contemporary Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities - 20 - 22 October 2017
Dates of Event
20th October 2017 – 22nd October 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
20th October 2017


‘Writing About Contemporary Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities’ – an international, multi-disciplinary three-day conference to be hosted at the University of Surrey, UK from 20–22 October 2017.

Writing about living or recently deceased figures presents unique challenges for scholars, journalists, and creative practitioners alike. This conference seeks to nurture dialogue between a range of different artistic fields concerning writing about contemporary artists. It encompasses disciplines including music, dance, theatre, film, digital arts, and creative writing as well as biographical, analytical, socio-contextual, promotional, ethnographic, and other types of discourse. It will focus upon the act of writing and the strategies, ideologies, and assumptions contained therein, as well as the boundaries as to what constitutes “writing” about contemporary artists in its multifarious forms, considering creative practice approaches alongside more conventional representations.


All types of artists, from all styles, genres, and cultures, may be considered under the aegis of the conference, including (but not limited to): classical, popular and world musics, contemporary dance and theatre, musical theatre, biopics and documentary film, digital media, and creative writing. The conference views writing about all artists – performers, composers, directors, choreographers, conductors, etc. – as being of equal importance. The expectation is that the majority of papers will address innovative, distinctive, or otherwise leading work by living or recently deceased artists active within the last c.25 years.



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