Call: Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) 2010 Conference


Technology and ‘the death of Art History’
The CHArt (Computers and the History of Art) 2010 Conference

Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 November 2010, London, venue TBC.

In recent decades the traditional practices of Art History have come increasingly under attack. This has led to changes so extreme that some have talked of the ‘death of Art History’.

The CHArt 2010 Conference wishes to explore the role of digital technologies in the disruption of Art History and the profound changes in the way that we display, consume and study art.

In 1985, when CHArt was founded, new technologies only had a minimal impact on Art History. Twenty-five years on they have transformed the entire artistic process, from the creation and presentation of art, to its reception, dissemination and research. Reflecting on these changes, we will consider how Art History has evolved and in what ways digital technologies will continue to affect and transform the discipline in the future. The conference programme will include a panel discussion with invited experts.

This year CHArt is looking for papers that examine the impact of digital technology on a range of issues including: 

  • Ownership, authorship, collaboration and re-use
  • Access and participation
  • Globalisation, communication and dissemination
  • Research
  • Pedagogy and teaching
  • Conservation and preservation
  • Commissioning, curation and documentation

We welcome contributions from all sections of the CHArt community: art historians, artists, architects and architectural theorists and historians, curators, conservators, scientists, cultural and media theorists, archivists, technologists, educationalists and philosophers. Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal. CHArt is able to offer assistance with the conference fees for up to three student delegates. Priority will be given to students whose papers are accepted for presentation. An application form and proof of university enrolment will be required. For further details about the Helene Roberts Bursary please email

Submissions should be in the form of a 300-400 word synopsis of the proposed paper with brief biographical information (no more than 200 words) of presenter/s, and should be emailed to by Wednesday June 30th 2010.

* Please note that submissions exceeding the stated word count will not be considered *

The CHArt Committee

CHArt (
c/o Centre for Computing in the Humanities
Kings College, University of London
26 – 29 Drury Lane

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