CFP: Session at Southeastern College Art Conference @ Savannah, GA

“African Diaspora Artists in the Americas: New Histories, New Constructions, New Interpretations”

This session will focus on new research addressing art created by African Diaspora artists in the Americas from the colonial eras to the present.  In the last two decades, scholars have both expanded the field of study of African American and African Diasporic art and developed newly nuanced interpretations of the meanings and implications of racialized discourses about artistic production and stylistic interchange.  This sessions seeks papers addressing issues raised by these new discursive constructions related to relationships between artists, social politics, and contemporary visual culture; the significance of trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific artistic and cultural interchange; the intersections of gender and class with racialized identities; post-colonial approaches to the history and effects of slavery; and challenges to the notion of race itself as an organizing category of knowledge.  Papers that address any aspect of these dimensions of the history of African American or African Diasporic Art in the Americas are welcomed.

Please submit a 200-word (maximum) proposal using the form found on the SECAC website plus a 1 page CV by April 20, 2011 to session Chair: Helen Langa, e-mail: (see address and phone below)

For more information about the conference and SECAC, see:

Helen Langa, PhD
Director, Art History Program
Associate Professor, Art History and Gender Studies
Katzen Art Center 233
Art Department
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington D.C. 20016-8004



Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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