Call for Proposals
‘Siblings’ conference day @
Manchester Art Gallery
Sat 23 March 2013
Art History & Visual Studies, The University of Manchester

[supported by artsmethods@manchester & methods@manchester]
The event examines the implications of Juliet Mitchell’s psychoanalytical theories of “Siblings” for artistic and critical discourses, and poses the question ‘how can a theory of siblings open up visual culture and the Manchester Art Gallery collections?’
Contributors include:
Juliet Mitchell, UCL
Mignon Nixon, Courtauld
Catherine Grant, Goldsmiths
Carol Mavor, The University of Manchester
Jonny Briggs, Artist; New Sensations Winner, The Saatchi Gallery and C4 2011
A call for proposals from PGR students: 10min responses to areas of the Manchester Art Gallery collection with regard to any aspect of “siblings” {proposals can take the form of an academic or creatively written response and is open to all subject areas in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures}
Suggested topics:
– Sisters, brothers {Sisterhood// Brotherhood}
– Fairytales
– Literature
– Twins
– Familial narratives
– Psychoanalysis/ Anthropology/ Sociology
– Seriality and repetition
– Reproduction
– Doubling
– Photography; miniature painting; embroidery and textiles; doll houses
– Clothing, tokens, ephemera
– Sibling narratives
– Mourning and death; birth
– Sexuality & violence

Please see the accompanying list of Gallery art works which may offer the basis for a 10 minute response.
Please send a 200 word abstract, name and department info to by 22 February.