Call for Papers and Artworks





Maltepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts is organizing the fifth Annual International Fine Arts Students Congress to all undergraduate (BA) students from Turkey and abroad. MA students will be able to participate only if this is their final year of study (countries where the BA is 3 years long). Congress will be held at Maltepe University in Istanbul, Turkey on 16-17 March 2017.  Previous conferences have attracted students and faculties from twelve countries such as Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America. This year’s topic will be “Art/View”.



 “We cannot look around our corner: it is a hopeless curiosity to want to know what other kinds of intellects and perspectives there might be.


But I think that today we are at least far away from the ridiculous immodesty of decreeing from our angle that perspectives are permitted only from this angle.”

Friedrich Nietzsche[1]

The 2017 International Fine Arts Student Congress theme, Art / View, aims to explore the interactive relationship between these two considering expansive purview present-day arts. Our students’ starting point in the selection of the theme was the transformation of the concept of art through different perspectives and different cultures.

Western art takes its form at human sight since Renaissance. God-centred world perception of Medieval Age gives place to the human-centred one.  Central perspective is coined by Renaissance: nature is represented from the place that human stands, in accordance with human eye. The art of Renaissance is under the gaze: spectator contemplates the work of art by facing it and the gaze is long, prudent and full of silence.

But the world is accelerated by modernity: long and prudent gaze at the work of art is replaced by a quick glance that extinguishes the viewer’s body in front of the picture.[2]

However, the art is no longer exalted following postmodernism. The viewer’s look disperses in the art object and the viewer as a subject is dissolved. For instance, one can move around an installation, touch it or move it; or one can be a part of an interactive theatre play instead of merely watching it. The conventional relationship between artwork / viewer or spectator / performer becomes invalid and the limits between them disappear. The valid one is experiencing the artwork instead of watching it.

The congress aims at underlying the content of the view in the present-day arts as well as its incoherent but interactive oscillation in the dynamism of cosmos and everyday life. The view is spread around everywhere, it splashes, it multiplies, it translocates. The art is now open to interaction instead of spectating: it is intercultural and public.

[1]Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, trans. Josefine Nauckhoff, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2008, p. 239.

[2]Hans Belting, Floransa ve Bağdat: Doğu’da ve Batıda Bakışın Tarihi, çev. Zehra Aksu Yılmazer, Koç Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2012, s. 16.


The offered key-concepts at this context:

·         Art and viewpoint(s)

·         Art and Different Perspectives

·         Art and Interdisciplinarity

·         Art and Interculturality

·         Art Galleries, Museums, Stages / Public Space

·         The Relationship between Art and Space

·         Viewer (contemplating) / Participant (experiencing)

·         Eye / Body

·         Performativity in Art

·         Artwork / Open Work of Art

Participation Categories:

·         Exhibitions

·         Performings

·         Film Screenings

·         Dance Performances

·         Congress Papers

Theater, Film Screening and Dance Performances synopsis and Exhibition photos must be submitted to [email protected] in order to be considered by the Board of Referees.

The JPEG version of original work that will be exhibited, photoblocked and shown in a catalogue, will not given back after its use.

Important Dates

25 February 2017

Synopsis Submission Deadline

25 February 2017

Announcement Of Accepted Papers and Works

Exhibitions (70X100 Jpeg Format)


Film Screenings (DVD Format, HD Quailty)

Dance Performances

Congress Proposals

25 February 2017 

Full Work Submission Deadline 

25 February 2017 

Registration Deadline 

16 - 17 March 2017

Dates of the Congress















We encourage lecturers, teachers and professors to circulate this call widely across their undergraduate students, as this will be a unique occasion to visit the city of Istanbul. Participating students will be joining fellow students from Turkey and across the world to debate the raising issues in the area of fine arts in a conference organized by students for students, with the support of staff at Maltepe University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. 

There is NO REGISTRATION FEE. Participants will be provided housing on campus in the five-star Marma Hotel. (

For further information visit our website or contact us at [email protected] 

Prof. Dr. Selahattin Yıldız

Dean of Fine Arts Faculty,

T.C. Maltepe University
Tel: +90 (216) 626 10 50  (pbx) / 444 65 87 - 444 MLTP
Fax: +90 (216) 626 10 99
University Address: Büyükbakkalköy Mahallesi Çınaryolu Mevkii
Marmara Eğitim Köyü 34857 Maltepe-İSTANBUL/TURKEY