CFP: Jewish Art: Reevaluation, Recovery, Reclamation, Respect @ CAA 2012

Call for Papers. CAA 2012/Session sponsored by Northern California Art Historians

Jewish Art: Reevaluation, Recovery, Reclamation, Respect

There is a long and vexed history between Jewish cultural production in the visual realm and the discipline of art history. However, as a field, the study of Jewish art has been coming into its own. Scholars have inquired across a broad range of issues: asking “what is Jewish art?” and “Why has it been excluded from Western (typically Christian) art history?” At the same time, other practitioners have engaged in “excavate and recovery” studies – necessary for the writing of any history of a marginalized group and akin to other ‘newer’ fields, such as Feminist art and African American art. Other important work examines the portrayal of Jews in visual culture and re-evaluates canonical artists for the impact of their heritage on their work. Where are we now? What kinds of questions are we asking? This session invites papers that examine issues—old and new—in field of Jewish art, broadly interpreted. Case studies are also welcome.

Abstracts with a short CV and cover letter may be sent to the session chair: Andrea Pappas (Santa Clara University) at

Deadline: May 6, 2011.


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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