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Rivalry in the Arts: Paragone Studies Conference
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9/19/2013 to 9/21/2013
When: 9/19/2013
Where: Flint Institute of Arts
Flint, Michigan 
United States

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Second Annual International Conference in Paragone Studies

Sponsored by the Society for Paragone Studies in partnership with the Flint Institute of Arts

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Call for Papers: Papers are invited for The Second Annual International Conference in Paragone Studies, to be held in the beautiful cultural centre of Flint, Michigan, just outside of the University of Michigan-Flint campus. The conference’s purpose is to support the scholarly investigation of the paragone, or rivalry in the arts, as it has been manifested in all media across history. Studies in all disciplines relevant to the persistence and history of competition in the arts, as well as inter-arts rivalry, will be featured. These include art history, visual culture, comparative literature, philosophy, aesthetics, the performing arts, critical theory, communication, cultural studies, linguistics, spoken-word, and musicology, amongst others. For instance, scholars might consider rivalries between individual artists, patrons of the arts, or nationalistic competition, hierarchies of the senses or media in aesthetic theory, arts-related organisations, debates over the superiority of one art versus another, ut pictura poesis and word/image studies, etc.

To apply: Submit a 300-word abstract using the appropriate form on the Society website ( Please include a curriculum vitae. Presenters will read 20-minute papers.

Call for Round Table: The conference will also include a round-table session featuring artists who seek to discuss how competition in the arts, past or present, has impacted their works or professions. For example, at the inaugural conference of 2012, a sculptor spoke about how he navigates similarities between his work and that of a contemporary, while a poet addressed ongoing battles between formal and informal poetry in academia, and a digital-media artist explained how appropriation manifests itself as competition in her work. Each artist shared examples of his/her work through recitation, performance/spoken-word, and digital imagery.

To apply: Submit a 300-word abstract outlining your presentation, using the form on the Society website (, as well as a curriculum vitae. Each featured round-table presenter will introduce the audience to his/her work in a brief 10-minute presentation, followed by discussion.

Deadline for applications: July 19, 2013 via e-mail to

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