28 & 29 April, 2016  Barcelona
Global Art Challenges: Towards an "Ecology of Knowledges"
28 & 29 April, 2016

Aula Magna, Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Universidad de Barcelona


Auditorio, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, MACBA

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The International Conference Global Art Challenges: Towards an “Ecology of Knowledges” aims to reformulate established approaches to the study of global art in the face of ongoing challenges in that field. Building on sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santo’s concept of an “ecology of knowledges” (2007), the conference seeks to go beyond “abyssal thinking in modern Western-based conceptions” of art and to trace lines of inquiry into new epistemological approaches to global art studies. As theorized by de Sousa Santos, ecological thinking, understood as a counter-epistemology, recognizes the plurality of heterogeneous knowledge(s) and highlights the dynamic interconnections that exist between them. Hence, faced with a longstanding monocultural conception of knowledge and art an “ecology of knowledges” conceives of knowledge-as-intervention-in-reality rather than a hierarchical preference of Western knowledge(s) over other forms of knowing.



This conference is funded within the framework Grupo Consolidado Agència d’Ajuts Universitaris de la Generalitat de Catalunya (2014- SGR1050) and the research project Cartografía crítica del arte y la visualidad en la era de lo global: Nuevas metodologías, conceptos y enfoques analíticos II Parte (HAR2013 43122P), Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO, Madrid).


Additional support has been provided by the I+D research project Modernidad(es) Descentralizada(s): Arte, política y contracultura en el eje transatlántico durante la Guerra Fría (HAR2014-53834-P), Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO, Madrid).


And the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).


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