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Art Markets: An Integrated Perspective

Posted in opportunities by Editor on February 9, 2019

From the program’s website:

Art Markets: An Integrated Perspective
International Thematic School
Lyon, 24–28 June 2019

Registration due by 15 March 2019

The thematic school is organized by the LARHRA and the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in collaboration with the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Erasmus University, Rotterdam. It aims to provide the research community interested in the study of art markets with an interdisciplinary theoretical approach and methodological tools in line with the most up-to-date analytical methods in order to bring out new research perspectives. About fifteen international specialists in art history, economics, law, sociology, finance, and digital humanities from all over Europe and the United States will animate it in a spirit of exchange and sharing of knowledge.

The art market is essentially a multidisciplinary object of study. While it is now a significant sector of the global economy, it has always it played a seminal role in the circulation and reception of art, and provided the context within which artists created their work. Researchers from disciplines as diverse as economics, finance, law, history, art history or sociology have contributed to a better understanding of the complexity and specificity of this market. Despite the advances made in each of these fields, research on the art market still too often suffers from a compartmentalization by disciplinary field.

The Art Markets thematic school aims to bring together the international community of researchers working on the art market and to offer participants the opportunity to better understand the scientific approaches of other disciplines. Sharing a common knowledge base and concepts is a necessary condition for developing transdisciplinary collaborations. To this end, this training offers an interdisciplinary theoretical approach and methodological tools in line with the most up-to-date analytical methods. The articulation between historical and contemporary analyses from the point of view of economics, finance, sociology, and law is particularly innovative.

Indeed, in the era of globalization and digital technology, art markets are undergoing profound changes that are leading to a reconfiguration of the modalities of interaction between actors and intermediaries. Issues related to artistic exchanges, the emergence or decline of markets, financial speculation, the concentration of actors and the role of agents in building the economic and social value of art, have accelerated the need to use robust analytical techniques to better understand these issues. But are they so new? These phenomena benefit from being re-examined in the light of their historical contexts in order to understand their logic and dynamics over time. At the same time, the analysis of contemporary art markets allows us to shed light with the advantage of hindsight on the practices, mechanisms and strategies put in place since the emergence of markets for visual arts and the first globalization from the 16th century onwards. In addition, quantitative analytical methods, data modelling and visualization have paved the way for important methodological and epistemological explorations

The training is aimed at the entire scientific community: professors-researchers, researchers, post-doctoral fellows, doctoral students, staff of research support (ITA). It should also be of interest for experts and professionals active in the art market. It is open to all participants from Master 2 level onwards, preferably in a discipline related to the study of art markets: economic history, art history, economics, finance, sociology, and law.

Contact: artmarkets2019@sciencesconf.org

This thematic school has received support from the CNRS, IDEX Lyon, Université Lumière Lyon 2, LARHRA, College académique Sciences Sociales de l’Université de Lyon.

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