Call for Papers: Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1900 to now

untitled scrapbook by Nigel Henderson
(c. 1952). © Nigel Henderson Estate. Courtesy of the Nigel Henderson Estate.


Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1900 to Now

Deadline for Abstracts: 2 December 2019

Collage pieces together fragments. It builds them up into an aggregation of conjunctions, contradictions and superimpositions. It experiments with found and broken forms, and explores lack and incompleteness. While doing so, it also speaks of superabundance, hyper-production and the acceleration of image circulation. Collage embraces polyphony and has been used to resist the identification of any one subject or perspective as normative.

Collage seems to gain heightened currency in times of national and international crisis. It has offered searing and satirical responses to authority and aggression. At key moments of political struggle, it has been mobilised to suggest alternative viewpoints and dismantle dominant narratives. Collage cuts across cultures. It has the potential to overlay the local and the global, and to address questions of borders, barriers and modes of exchange.

This conference is intended to explore these and other aspects of collage in relation to visual culture in Britain, from 1900 to today. It invites fresh perspectives on collage as a practice and on its contribution to modern and contemporary British visual culture.

We welcome academic papers and practice-led contributions addressing, but not limited to, the following topics (contact the organizers for further information):
• Collage and British visual culture
• Britain and beyond: collage and the transnational
• Collage politics: resistance, representation and identity
• Collage technologies and materialities
• Collage methodologies and historiographies

Conference convened by Elena Crippa, Zuzana Flaskova, Mark Hallett and Rosie Ram.

Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. This two-day conference is organised in conjunction with the Tate Britain Spotlight display “Vital Fragments: Nigel Henderson and the Art of Collage”, curated by Mark Hallett and Rosie Ram with Zuzana Flaskova. The display is open from 2 December 2019 to 5 April 2020.

Submission Guidelines
Proposals are invited for 20-minute contributions to the conference. Submissions should include a title, abstract (500 words maximum), short author’s bio (150 words maximum), institutional affiliation (if applicable) and contact details.

Submissions should be sent to:
Deadline for abstract submissions: 2 December 2019
Selection announced: 16 December 2019

Further conference details, including how to book, will be posted on the Tate website in due course.