Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: [no title] NORDIK 2018 Copenhagen has ended.

October 25–27 2018

NORDIK – The Nordic Association for Art Historians hereby invites art historians to submit papers to one of the 19 sessions scheduled for the 12th Triennial conference, Copenhagen, 25-27 October 2018 entitled No title.

We have chosen no title to be the heading of the upcoming conference as a means to broaden its thematic boundaries and allow you to host sessions on any subject you see fit in relation to your branch of study or the study of art history in general. These subjects should, however, pertain to Nordic countries to some degree, by either incorporating them explicitly or by focusing on studies, practices or events currently taking place here. The title of the conference bears legacy to Modernism by rejecting the use of a title in light of a contemporary art culture which commends it. In Modernism, the use of no title was to promote visions of growth and progress within society. Historically, there has always been criticism of this progress and the future epitomized by Modernism. Titles such as no title or untitled evoke the condition of an artwork in Modernity. Prior to Modernism the use of titles within art was not common, but as works became increasingly more portable, titles became mandatory out of convenience. Leaving a work untitled is therefore a statement which questions and criticizes this premise. Yet still, a work in Modernism could not be left entirely without a name and so had to announce its ‘untitledness’ by explicitly referring to it as either no title or untitled, thereby calling attention to that which is missing.

In choosing the title no title for our conference we invite you to consider the premises of art historical discourse globally, and the themes conventional art history conferences usually encompass, and why. Art history and its institutions continue to evolve with today’s ever-changing social, technological and political climate and many have therefore taken to digitalization, and new means of public management and education to keep up. Although art history and the humanities suffer from political and economic pressure, museums are more popular than ever, and art history continues to be a sought-after area of study.

The future of art history is uncertain but we do not intend no title to mean no future. We mean instead for it to act as a new space wherein we can consider, discuss and imagine the future of art and art history in times of crisis.

As for now, titles are mandatory in artworks as well as in academic art historical work. They are often in English, regardless of country. Sometimes they are as opaque and contradictory as the artworks, papers, or projects they name. But they are important nonetheless and aid in attest to the continued influence of the linguistic turn and the philosophy of language.

We propose therefore no title to open up to a broad range of sessions and papers at the conference. Come show art historians and everybody else what art history is doing these days in the Nordic countries and/or on Nordic subjects, where we are heading, and why it all matters. Thus, the title of the conference bears a Modernist tradition, not as a means to reawaken it but rather as a means for us to be encouraged to build strong titles in the face of it.

Below, we list a few effective tips for you on how to complete an art history research paper that we will like and approve for participation in our conference. Be sure to follow them if you want to secure your place among our participants this year.

Choose the topic that speaks to you best

First of all, you need to pick the topic that makes you want to research it, collect information, reason, and make conclusions. If you choose a certain topic just to impress us, please don’t. Write about things that matter to you.

Do your research thoroughly

Second, do not overlook the importance of research. Gather as much material on your topic as possible, and then process it to extract a few ideas that resonate with your topic and help you develop it.

Outline your paper before writing

Once you research the topic, get all your ideas in order by creating an outline. be sure to create a detailed plan of your paper so that you could not doubt the content you want to present. If shaping an outline seems to be tough for you, consider hiring someone to write my research papers for you.

Insert quotations according to our formatting style guide

Before you start writing your essay, remember to check our formatting guide to find out how to quote other people in your paper, where to place page numbers, and how to shape your sources list. There is no need to invent a vehicle again since we prepared these guidelines for you already.

Write your essay body first

Now that you have your outline in front of you, start writing your paper. We suggest that you begin with your body paragraphs first since all major points of your paper should be presented there. Don’t rush when writing this part: your thoughts have to be organized coherently and consistently. 

Edit, edit, edit

Many students hate editing their writing, but you need to do it if you want to create a paper worth presenting at our conference. You wouldn’t like to be rejected due to some occasional mistakes in your writing, right?

Submit the paper before the deadline

Finally, keep track of your writing process to not miss our deadline for paper submission. Unfortunately, we cannot accept papers once it is over.

Please be informed that you will be given a reply regarding your paper in two weeks after submitting it.

We invite paper proposals for the 19 sessions spanning a wide range of topics.

Please submit your proposal via a form on the conference website,, where you will need to fill in personal information, an abstract no more than 1800 characters, a brief c.v. of no more than 360 characters, and full contact information by March 23 2018, the latest.