What Will “Minority” Look Like in Late Twenty-First Century North America, UK, and Western Europe??

What Will “Minority” Look Like in Late Twenty-First Century North America, UK, and Western Europe??

In California, those who identify as non-Spanish speaking whites are the state’s ethno-racial minority.  I’ve been thinking about what changes will be necessary to terms such as “minority,” “diversity,” and the like, especially when we write about power, discrimination, anti-racist politics, and the imperative for social justice. Today’s Guardian.com features a report about Britain’s struggle to take on these tasks.

Specific to ACRAH’s focus on the representation of racialization, some questions are especially pressing. What will “minority” look like, signify, and index in the late twenty-first century in North America, the United Kingdom, and Western Europe? In these locales, what images will be summoned and thrown into relief? How will demographic shifts in these regions demand new, sharper analyses of “race” and its histories?


Colgate University Announces the Kindler Chair in Global Contemporary Art

Colgate University seeks applications and nominations for an art historian with a distinguished record of research, publications, and teaching to fill the Kindler Chair in Global Contemporary Art. The appointment, to be made at the associate or full rank, will begin in the fall of 2014. This position will support the development and teaching of undergraduate courses in transnational and global art and art institutions since 1970. The area of specialization is open but the candidate’s research focus should be relevant to the shifting terrain of contemporary art and in particular to the interaction of aesthetic and cultural ideals across boundaries. The Kindler Chair is also expected to contribute to Colgate’s university-wide interdisciplinary programs. The position includes a very competitive salary, a travel and research budget, as well as the opportunity for collaboration with Colgate’s newly planned Center for Art and Culture. Please send nominations or letters of interest to Professor Mary Ann Calo, Chair, Kindler Chair Search Committee, mcalo@colgate.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. 
Colgate is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.   Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff further the university’s educational mission.  Visa assistance for international candidates may be available.  Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York atwww.upstatenyherc.org.  Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university of 2800 students situated in central New York.  Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship.  Further information about the Art and Art History department can be found athttp://www.colgate.edu/academics/departments-and-programs/art-and-art-history.

SYMP: Midcentury Modernism Coference – (SeSAH) Annual Meeting @ UNC-Charlotte

Registration for SESAH 2013 is now open.

Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SeSAH) Annual Meeting
School of Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC, September 25-28, 2013
Conference Theme: Midcentury Modernism
In recent years, architectural historians have begun to reconsider midcentury modernism with new eyes. These inquiries have ranged from an interrogation of the positive and negative consequences of CIAM modernism in Third World colonial territories, to local and regional histories of urban renewal and alternative modernisms that anticipated the shift toward postmodern heterogeneity. This reexamination has not only helped us to expand our knowledge of the legacies of midcentury modernism, but they also help us to contextualize the built environments that often mark cities that expanded during the postwar boom years. There are many cities in the Southeast that fit this latter description.
Charlotte is a paradigmatic New South City. It has continuously transformed its physical environment to emphasize the present – few older buildings survive in the Center City, and since the 1950s the architectural and urban focus has been distinctly modern. In recent years Charlotte has become increasingly aware of the importance of its mid-century heritage. The architecture of this era has become a critical topic of discussion among Preservationists in Charlotte and other cities, while at the same time the era of “Mad Men” has recaptured the imagination of the American public.
The SeSAH 2013 conference in Charlotte offers its participants a chance to engage in the critical exploration of the architecture and urbanism of the 1950s and 1960s as well as their historiographies.

CFP: Building the Anti-racist University (University of Leeds conference, Oct. 2013)

Annual Black History Month Conference, October, 18th 2013, The University of Leeds
Building the Antiracist University (BAU): Next Steps

The introduction of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 for the first time placed a statutory duty on HEIs in the UK to eliminate racial discrimination and promote racial equality. In many institutions there was a knowledge vacuum and little guidance on how to move forward. Stimulating institutional change towards the construction of the Antiracist University was the aim of the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) toolkit, which was concerned to develop a maximal, transformative approach to institutional change, rather than a minimal meeting of legal obligations. Over 300 HEIs established racial equality schemes by 2008 and improved experiences and opportunities in this sector, particularly for black and minority ethnic students are evident (National Students Survey 2002-2012, HEFCE 2012). However, progress in this field has slowed and a focus on the goals of eliminating racial discrimination, promoting racial equality and engendering change in organisational culture as well as approaches to curriculum and pedagogy has dissipated so that building the antiracist university remains urgent in 2013.
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University of Texas-Austin Seeks Assistant Professor in Photography

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin seeks an exceptional artist with extensive knowledge of both film based and digital photographic processes. Applications are being accepted for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Photography with an anticipated start date of Fall 2013. Applicants should have a significant record of exhibition and be conversant in photographic history and critical/media theory. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work in an integrated studio and lecture environment, teaching a range of undergraduate and graduate courses as assigned.

The Photography program is part of the Studio Art division in the Department of Art and Art History. The Department of Art and Art History is comprised of four divisions: Design, Art History, Visual Art Studies and Studio Art. The University of Texas at Austin is a flagship Tier One research institution, situated in a city known for its quality of life and active engagement with the arts.

The Photography curriculum offers students both the technical skills, and creative fluency, needed to create resonant visual images. Courses focus on the interrelation of photography and art, providing a stimulus that challenges students to overcome preconceptions about photography. With course offerings in wet black & white and digital photography, the curriculum provides a multifaceted approach to the medium that includes traditional forms of image making and conceptually oriented practices. Applicants must be able to develop, refine and teach courses in wet black & white and digital photography ranging from non-majors to majors and freshman through graduate level.

Teaching will be at all levels, with a typical faculty load of 2/2 based on an active research schedule. Service to the community of the department in addition to official college and university business is required. As a Tier One research institution, the University of Texas at Austin expects this faculty member to actively pursue original research with a mandate to significantly contribute to their field through publication, exhibition, or other venues central to their discipline. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications should include a statement of interest, current curriculum vitae, the names of three professional references (with phone and email contact information), and documentation of teaching and research history. Please organize the documentation within a single PDF file and email to photosearch@austin.utexas.edu. For other media that isn’t easily accommodated by this format, please embed links within the PDF. Review of applications will begin February 25th, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer. The University of Texas at Austin maintains a strong commitment to equity and diversity. Given its continued efforts to achieve a diverse and equitable work environment and campus community, the University of Texas at Austin encourages all interested candidates to apply.
For further information, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/finearts/aah.

JOB: Tenure-track position in Photo History @ CA College of the Arts

Full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in the field of photographic history, theory, and criticism. The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in art history or visual culture, with a specialty, publication record, and research program in any area of the history of photography. We seek a candidate with experience teaching global, historical surveys of the medium, as well as seminars on contemporary photography. Demonstrated interest in issues of race, gender, ethnicity, or other categories of difference will be privileged in the selection process.

Course load is 5 courses per academic year (typically 2/3); active participation in program assessment/development and committee service is required. Instructors in the Visual Studies program participate in the teaching of the program’s required and elective courses, including introductory historical surveys, 200-level electives, and 300-level seminars. Successful candidates will also have the interest in teaching at the graduate level.

For more information: http://www.cca.edu/about/jobs/60538

Kenyon College, 1-Year Position, American Art History (African-American, Latin American, Chicano/a Art History)

American Art History

Subfield:  African-American, Latin American, or Chicano/a Art History


Kenyon College seeks to fill a one-year visiting position in American Art History. 

The successful candidate will teach five courses during the school year beginning in August 2013:  Two Surveys of Art, Part II (Renaissance to Modern), two intermediate classes, one of which must cover any facet of Modern European Art (1750-the present); and an upper-level seminar in an area of expertise. 

Ability and interest in teaching African-American, Latin American, or Chicano/a Art History would be most welcome. 

Ph.D. preferred, but willing to consider ABD. 

Commitment to scholarship and evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level are required. 

Applicants must include a cover letter, a C. V., unofficial transcript, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference (at least one of which must speak to the candidate’s teaching.) 

Only electronic applications will be accepted. 

The candidate must submit his/her application by January 2, 2013 to ensure that it will be reviewed in time for interviews at CAA in New York (February 13-16, 2013). 

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Kenyon welcomes diversity and encourages the applications of women and minority candidates.  Applications must be made at: Kenyon College, Art History Department, One-Year Visiting Position



Lubaina Himid, Thin Black Line(s): Moments and Connections During the 1980s for the Women Artists (2011)

The exhibition Thin Black Line(s) closed at Tate Britain in March, but the exhibition catalog is an invaluable record of the show’s commemoration of “Black British art” in the 1980s. The catalog reproduces the work of Sutapa Biswas, Sonia Boyce, Lubaina Himid, Claudette Johnson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan, and Maud Sulter; it also includes archival material documenting that decade of creative and progressive political alliances among these artists of African, Asian, and Caribbean descent. ISBN 978-0-9571579-0-3

Martin Berger talks about his 2011 book, SEEING THROUGH RACE


Professor Berger’s lecture at the California College of the Arts (San Francisco campus), November 17, 2011.

Professor Berger’s lecture at the California College of the Arts (San Francisco campus), November 17, 2011.