The 2018 International Conference on Performing and Visual Arts is investigating the importance and relevance of regionalism in culture and the arts.
Although not new, the concept of regionalism has been eclipsed in recent decades by research on localism and globalism. However, protectionist nationalism has recently re-emerged in international political and popular narratives. In these, yet again, changing political and cultural relations, is there a place for regionalism or studies from a regional perspective in academia? If so, what are some productive approaches one can take (comparative studies, identifying shared cultural features, pinpointing idiosyncratic affiliations, questioning boundaries, trans-cultural analysis, etc.)? How helpful is the concept of Asia, African, or even Europe as regions, when it comes to the study of culture and the arts today?
We welcome topics on the Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, Dance, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies (including Southeast Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, South Asian Studies), African Studies, European Studies, Area Studies, Cultural Heritage, Museum Studies, Fine Arts, and any other area of study related to culture or the arts.