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.

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


CFP: Museum History Journal

Museum History Journal, now in it fourth volume, is soliciting new
submissions for volumes 5 and 6, to appear in 2012 and 2013 (each volume
includes two issues, published in January and July). For specific
submission guidelines and other information, please visit the Left Coast
Press website:

Museum History Journal is an international, peer-reviewed journal of
critical, evaluative histories related to museums. Content encompasses
not only a broad range of museum types—including natural history,
anthropology, archaeology, fine art, history, medical and science and
technology—but also related cultural institutions such as aquaria,
zoos, botanical gardens, arboreta, historical societies and sites,
architectural sites, archives and planetariums. It presents a variety of
scholarly approaches, such as analytical, narrative, historical,
cultural, social, quantitative and intellectual.

Please send manuscripts to the Editor, Hugh H. Genoways
<> <>.

CFP: The Masks of Modernity: Un/covering Global Modernisms

Proposal deadline: May 15, 2011.

The success of Modernist studies is attributable in part to its early recognition of its global scope and ambitions. However, despite laudable attempts to engage cultural difference and cultural studies texts within the discipline, a disconnect remains between transatlantic Modernist studies and global modernisms properfrom Hispanic and Brazilian Modernismos to Asian Modernisms to African Modernist works. In the history of Modernism/Modernity, for example, only one article has ever addressed the Spanish American modernist tradition. Very few have included examples of Asian or African modernisms. Our proposed collection seeks to begin a conversation about global modernisms in the broadest and most comparative sense.

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CFP: BEND! Photography, Gender, & the Politics of Representation

Call for Papers

BEND! Photography, Gender, & the Politics of Representation

An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Princeton University, April 22-23, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Professor George Baker, Department of Art History, UCLA

The past decade has witnessed widespread institutional and scholarly efforts to historicize the relation between art and feminism, and between art and identity politics. These efforts unfold in a present that is often characterized as “post-gender” and/or “post-racial.” Just as categories of identity seem to lose traction in cultural discourse, so boundaries between artistic media become unfixed. Yet photographic representation is increasingly pervasive, and increasingly bound to the performance of subjectivity.
This symposium aims to consider the interrelated production of gender and photography, along with their dissolution as stable categories of inquiry. An interrogation of photography today requires looking within as well as beyond the boundaries of traditional art-historical frameworks. It compels us to account for the political and social dimensions in which photography participates, and demands that we re-consider the mise-en-scène of photography’s production as art.
How has the evolution of photography—from b/w to color, from analogue to digital, from mass media to social media—served to articulate or blur aesthetic and subjective differences? What politics of representation emerge when the individual can be both agent and object of photographic voyeurism, exhibitionism, and surveillance? Might photography’s expanded field offer the potential for reshaping feminist politics today?
We invite participants to explore historical, existing and possible relationships between photography and the (re)production of gender, from the perspectives of visual culture, philosophy, (art) history, and art practice.  Papers might consider photography in relation to:
gender bending – histories and politics of sexuality – performance and/or portraiture – the construction of masculinity – women artists – representations of gender, race, and class – advocacy, activism, and political practice – feminist politics, ethics, and aesthetics – medical and biological discourses – capitalism, terrorism, and war

We welcome submissions from graduate students and emerging scholars in all fields and disciplines.  Please submit a CV and 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper by March 1, 2011 to Frances Jacobus-Parker, Elena Peregrina-Salvador, and Mareike Stoll at

CFP: Revisiting the Civil War – SECAC 2011

SECAC 2011, November 9-12 in Savannah, GA

Revisiting the Civil War:

As sesquicentenntial commemorations of the Civil War unfold, it seems a propitious time to consider what influence the war had on art, artists, and visual culture in the United States. This panel
seeks to broadly consider the impact of the war on representation, patronage, collecting, and the art market both during and after the conflict. Topics may include but are not limited to: explorations of the ways in which artists on both sides of the conflict depicted slavery and the war, the role that photographers and the pictorial press played in presenting the war to American and international audiences, the use of propaganda and the visual culture of the state during the war, the appearance of Civil War imagery in later painting and public monuments, the iconography of post-war sectional identity, and the impact of the war on Northern and Southern fortunes and art patronage.

To participate, please visit: to complete a call for papers proposal form. Please submit completed forms (including a 200 word max. abstract) and a current c.v. to Akela Reason, Assistant Professor at University of Georgia at by April, 20, 2011.