University conference about China's Cultural Revolution to take place at London's Whitechapel Gallery

Photo - Weng Naiqiang, 1966, courtesy of 798 Photography Gallery , Beijing

Run in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, researchers, artists, designers, curators and practitioners at all stages of their careers worldwide are invited to reassess the significance of the arts and culture of the Cultural Revolution, the 9th CCVA Annual Conference reflects upon their impacts on everyday life in China within socio-political, cultural and global contexts. This international conference will be a significant academic event collaborated between Birmingham City University in collaboration with a leading art gallery in the UK. 

The following set of ten ‘relationships’ are indicative of the topics that the conference will consider:

  • Art, culture and politics
  • Art, mass art and non-art
  • Amateur and professional: artists, participants and audiences
  • Art production, dissemination and reception
  • Collective and private spaces: squares, streets and buildings
  • The conformity and the rebellions: uniforms and the body
  • Mass assemblies and parades: performative and immersive experiences
  • Model operas, musicals and everyday life
  • Songs, voices and the spirit
  • Written words and images.

Speakers include Keynote Prof Richard King (University of Victoria), Australian-Chinese artist Shen Jiawei; panel chairs include Prof Craig Clunas (University of Oxford), Prof Chris Berry (King's College) and Prof Harriet Evans (University of Westminster); and presentations will be given from Minerva Inwald, Wang Gerui, Kristine Harris, Christine Ho, Vivian Li, Zhang Li, Linda Pittwood, Yawen Ludden, Martin Mulloy, Mark Nash, Rosalind Delmar, Eldon Pei, Wang Rujie, Corey Schultz and Andreas Steen.

When: 11-12 November 2016
Venue: Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London, E1 7QX
Tickets: £30/£25 concession (2 days) £17.50/£14.50 concession (1 day)

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Photo - Weng Naiqiang, 1966, courtesy of 798 Photography Gallery , Beijing 

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