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CFP: “Towards a More Inclusive Digital Art History” (PANORAMA: JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION OF HISTORIANS OF AMERICAN ART)

Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art invites submission of 500-word proposals for feature articles focused on Digital Art History to be published as part of the new initiative, “Towards a More Inclusive Digital Art History,” which is supported by a major grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Panorama (journalpanorama.org) is the first peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication dedicated to American art and visual culture (broadly defined). The Journal encourages a broad range of perspectives and approaches within an interdisciplinary framework encompassing both local and global contexts and is published by the University of Minnesota Libraries.

The goal of “Toward a More Inclusive Digital Art History” is twofold—to increase both inclusivity and access. First, in order to encourage a more comprehensive approach to the history of American art, we seek to publish digital art history scholarship that focuses on the contributions of constituencies that have historically been marginalized and/or under-researched, and to make this available worldwide, for free and with open access. Second, our priorities will be accessibility, manageability, and sustainability. To that end, we seek proposals, both collaborative and individual, from scholars with all levels of knowledge about the digital humanities and will prioritize supporting scholars who may have little or no institutional support for digital scholarship. We aim to provide a model for sustainable digital art history research that can be accessible to a wide range of scholars, including those who will need to learn digital humanities methods without institutionally provided technical assistance. We also encourage computational approaches to art-historical analysis that employ low-cost, open-source applications. In this way, the project will provide models for other scholars to emulate regardless of financial or institutional support. Finally, we plan to encourage the accessibility and sustainability of digital art history by doing something that is all-but unprecedented in the field: We will publish and preserve the datasets underlying scholars’ peer-reviewed research along with their articles and project narratives. This will enable other scholars to view and test the data on which the research is based and employ the data for their own teaching and research, thereby expanding the project’s reach.

Panorama invites submission of proposals for feature articles to be published as part of this new initiative, “Towards a More Inclusive Digital Art History.” Selected authors will be invited to participate in a Digital Humanities workshop in Washington, DC, in October 2020. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to develop their research projects with Panorama’s editorial team and experts in the field of digital publishing. The first article in this series will be published in 2021.

To submit a proposal, send your c.v. and an abstract of approximately 500 words that summarizes the topic of the proposed essay, how it represents scholarship on understudied areas of American art, and why it could benefit from a digital art historical approach. Authors do not need to identify precisely which digital methods they would like to use—this will be addressed at the workshop and determined in collaboration with Panorama editors. Instead, use the abstract to explain why the research questions addressed in the essay could benefit from—or even demand—a digital approach. The Terra Foundation has also provided some funding to support attendance at the Workshop, so please also let us know if you require assistance with accommodation and travel expenses.

Proposals should be sent to journalpanorama@gmail.com with the subject heading “Digital Art History CFP response” and are due April 15.

CFP: “Art and the Technicity of Race” (special issue of MEDIA-N: JOURNAL OF THE NEW MEDIA CAUCUS)

Megan Driscoll and Johanna Gosse are soliciting papers on “Art and the Technicity of Race.” Please see below.

Art and the Technicity of Race

A decade ago, Beth Coleman and Wendy Hui Kyong Chun introduced the concept of race and/as technology.* Turning to Heidegger’s notion of techne as prosthesis or skill, Coleman and Chun imagine race itself as a technology that can be leveraged, a tool for navigating systems of power. This distances race from its mythological status as biological fact, creating a critical framework that returns historical agency to the individual and helps us understand how race and ethnicity function in the visual–and technological–world.

Recently, the concept has received renewed attention as the intersections between race and ethnicity and the technological have come to the fore in popular discourse, raised by issues ranging from representation in film to bias in facial recognition. Critical work by scholars such as Simone Browne and Lisa Nakamura and the Precarity Lab has also continued to interrogate the technicity of race and its relationship to other technologies, both historical and contemporary. Artistic research and practice on the subject, however, has often been either neglected or instrumentalized as illustrative of a larger debate.

This special issue of Media-N responds to the urgent need to examine the state of dialogue on race and/as technology in art practice, history, and criticism. It will feature a ten years on reflection on the concept by Beth Coleman, opening discussion onto the way this framework has shaped, and has been shaped by, art of the past and present.

We seek contributions that explore how art sheds light not only on the relationship between race, ethnicity, and the technological, but on race itself as, in the words of Coleman, “a disruptive technology that changes the terms of engagement with an all-too-familiar system of representation and power” (178). Issues to consider include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • The impact of the race and/as technology hermeneutic on artistic research and practice of the past decade.
  • The influence of visual technologies and aesthetic practice on discourses surrounding sociohistorical concepts like blackness and brownness.
  • The imaging of historical and/or contemporary flows of migration and diaspora.
  • International communication media and tensions between the global/local.
  • The use of visual technologies to negotiate power between citizens and the state.
  • Light and color bias in the material/processes/procedures of photography, film, and digital media.
  • Bias and violence in both the inputs and outputs of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Anxieties about race and visual truth sparked by technologies ranging from DNA testing to deepfakes.
  • Ethnicity and surveillance capitalism after 9/11 and/or the long tail of surveillance capitalism inaugurated under trans-Atlantic slavery and European colonialism.

Submissions addressing artistic practices from any time period or region are welcomed from scholars, critics, artists, designers, scientists, media-makers, and interdisciplinary researchers from across the humanities and sciences.

*See Beth Coleman, “Race as Technology,” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 24, no. 1 (70) (May 1, 2009): 176-207; and Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, “Race and/as Technology, or How to Do Things to Race,” in Race After the Internet, eds. Lisa Nakamura, Peter Chow-White, and Alondra Nelson (New York: Routledge, 2012), 38-60.

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Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus (ISSN: 1942-017X) is a scholarly, invitational, and double blind peer-reviewed journal. The journal provides a forum for scholarly research, artworks and projects, and is open to submissions in the form of papers, reports, and reviews of exhibitions and books on new media art. Media-N is an English language journal, and all submissions must be received in English adhering to the standards set by the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

TIMELINE:

June 30, 2020: Deadline for submission of abstracts.

August 1, 2020: Notification of accepted proposals and invitation to submit paper.

December 15, 2020: Projected deadline for submission of final papers.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES:

Please send your proposal by email with the following information combined into a single document:

-Proposal title, and a 300-500 word abstract, plus 1-2 images if desired.

-Please include your name, email, and title/affiliation on abstract.

-A condensed CV (no longer than 3 pages).

NOTE: Materials should be submitted in English, as a Word document or PDF.

File should not exceed 5MB.

SEND INQUIRIES & SUBMISSIONS TO:

Megan Driscoll, Special Issue Guest Editor: md@megandriscoll.net Johanna Gosse, Executive Editor: johannagosse@gmail.com

Edmonia Lewis on The View — VARIETY . SPICE . LIFE

For Valentine’s Day, EL is part of the conversation on The View Here’s her Cupid Caught In A Trap (1872-76) SAAM

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JOB: Asst Prof, Early Modern @ Kenyon College

The Department of Art History at Kenyon College is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art History. The appointment will begin in August 2020. Candidates should have expertise in the material culture of Early Modern Europe from the Baroque to the early Industrial Age. We seek a creative colleague who can immediately contribute to re-shaping the curriculum. Applicants must be interested in offering a fresh, global perspective on permanent courses, including the Survey of Art, and developing new courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. We are interested in teacher-scholars who can offer creative ways to engage with the Department’s Visual Resources Center, our Study Collection, and regional art museums located in Columbus and Cleveland. Candidates’ teaching and research should emphasize an interdisciplinary perspective that demonstrates interest in connections between Europe, the Americas, Africa, and/or Asia. We particularly welcome candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: architecture, museums, and pre–1900 print culture, including photography, prints, and manuscripts. Applicants should complement, not duplicate, current expertise of the department. Applicants must be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching, with evidence of support for Kenyon’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The candidate will have the opportunity to play a leadership role in the College’s study abroad program in Rome, Italy.

Qualifications: A completed Ph.D. in Art History is required. Experience teaching beyond graduate assistantships is strongly desired at the time of hire. The successful candidate will also demonstrate potential for active scholarly engagement within their field of expertise, and to perform service to the College and the profession. The selected candidate will be expected to contribute to one of the interdisciplinary concentrations at the College, such as African Diaspora Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Women and Gender Studies, depending on their particular expertise and interest.

Duties: Teach 3/2 load undergraduate courses, including second half of the Survey of Art and intermediate and upper-level seminars on topics from the Baroque to the early Industrial Age. The selected candidate will also serve as an advisor and mentor to students, including potential independent study and honor’s theses across the college; maintain an active program of research/scholarship leading to peer-reviewed publication; and perform service to the department and college.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a CV, cover letter, teaching philosophy, contact information for three references, and unofficial transcripts. For more information and to apply, visit www.kenyon.edu/directories/offices-services/human-resources/employment-opportunities/

Review of applicants begins January 15, 2020

Questions: Please direct questions to the search chair, Austin Porter, Assistant Professor of Art History and American Studies, at portera[at]kenyon.edu

Symposium @ Lunder Institute, Colby College

SAVE THE DATE: March 12-13, 2020
Lunder Institute Research Symposium: Art by African Americans
Lunder Institute for American Art, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine

The Lunder Institute is organizing a research symposium in conjunction with its inaugural Research Fellows Program focused on art by African Americans. To kick off this free public event, on the evening of Thursday, March 12, the Lunder Institute and the Colby Museum will host a conversation between renowned artist David C. Driskell and Curlee R. Holton of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. Presentations by the Lunder Institute Research Fellows, invited speakers, and members of the Colby community will take place throughout the day on Friday, March 13. Fellows will share their research on selected artworks at the Colby Museum, connecting it to important questions in the field regarding African American artists. A roundtable featuring leading academics and curators will comment on the current state and parameters of African American art history and reflect on how and why art by African Americans has been distinguished from the broader field of American art.

Confirmed speakers include: Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Princeton University; Adrienne L. Childs, Harvard University; Tuliza Fleming, National Museum of African American History and Culture; Melanee Harvey, Howard University; Key Jo Lee, Cleveland Museum of Art; Tess Korobkin, University of Maryland, College Park; John Ott, James Madison University; James Smalls, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Diana Tuite, Colby College Museum of Art; Rebecca VanDiver, Vanderbilt University.

For more information on the 2019-2020 Lunder Institute Research Fellows Program, go to www.colby.edu/lunderinstitute/2019/09/11/inaugural-research-fellows-for-2019-2020/. Questions about the symposium should be directed to Tanya Sheehan, Distinguished Scholar and Director of Research, tsheehan@colby.edu.

ACRAH @ CAA2020

Check out the description of our CAA2020 ACRAH Session “Unlearning Art History: Anti-Racist Work in PreModern Fields”: https://acrah.org/caa/caa2020/

We will also hold a Business Meeting on February 14th at 12:30pm at the Hilton Chicago, Room 4M. Join us!

 

JOB: Africa/African Diaspora @ Courtauld

The Courtauld Institute of Art seeks to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the arts of Africa and/or the African diaspora, within the broad period from c. 1800 to the present. This appointment offers an exciting opportunity to transform The Courtauld’s teaching and research, and to provide academic leadership in fields of critical importance to the discipline, within and beyond the institute. It is one of two new posts in this broad field, the other being a Professorship.

We invite applications from early and mid-career scholars with a profile in research and teaching commensurate with their career stage.

These posts are part of The Courtauld’s commitment to a more inclusive and diverse curriculum. They are generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Application is online. You will also need to include a CV and a supporting statement of no more than 1500 words. You should also give the names of 3 referees.

The supporting statement should set out how you meet the criteria of this position, and include a brief statement about your research profile. This should include your current and future research plans, your teaching plans and experience, your administrative experience, and potential to contribute to the research profile and impact of The Courtauld. Please address the criteria set out in the Person Specification when preparing your statement.

Interviews for the position will take place on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December 2019.

If you would like an informal conversation about the roles please contact Dr Jo Applin, Head of Art History. jo.applin@courtauld.ac.uk

https://jobs.courtauld.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=323

 

2020 RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN US ART at Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida) — Apply Now!

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College seeks a Research Fellow in American Art. This is part-time (20 hours/week), non-residential position funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to develop, research, digitize and display the American collection. The Research Fellow will work with the Bruce A. Beal Director and members of the curatorial team to conduct in-depth and contextual research. Twin goals are to help re-position the collection for a broader audience, with research (including images, provenance, exhibition history, artist biographies, interpretation and bibliography) made available online; and to integrate the collection with both the teaching mission of the museum and with contemporary efforts to refine and widen the definition of American art.

Eligible candidates will have expertise in American art (ABD required, Ph.D. preferred) with a preference for a research focus in the 19th or 20th century. Experience teaching at the college level or curatorial experience in a university art museum a plus. The fellowship is for a 12-month period starting in January 2020; apart from a few weeks in residence in Winter Park, research can be conducted in any city providing that the fellow has access to major research libraries for American art.

To apply, please visit the Rollins career page https://jobs.rollins.edu/en-us/job/492968/research-fellow-american-art.

JOB: Assoc. Curator, American Art @ Harvard Art Museums

Please use this link to apply: Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Associate Curator of American Art

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Associate Curator of American Art
Harvard Art Museums

Duties & Responsibilities
The Harvard Art Museums seeks a rising intellectual authority on pre-1900 American art. Tasked with organizing innovative exhibition and scholarly projects, the Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Associate Curator of American Art will work with a range of partners and collaborators. Engaging with scholarly and public debate on the Harvard University campus and beyond, the curator will help to complicate the art-historical narrative and propose fresh perspectives on the definition of American art for the 21st century.

The Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Associate Curator of American Art will assume the full range of curatorial responsibilities for the important collection of American art pre-1900 at the Museums, including crafting an ambitious exhibition, research, and publication program, and working closely with students and faculty to foster significant and sustained curricular use of the collection for both undergraduate and graduate teaching. The curator functions successfully within a team environment and promotes dialogue, engagement, and collaboration with colleagues within the division and with curatorial departments that have overlapping collections holdings and expertise, as well as the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Study. The curator will also collaborate on selected projects, acquisitions, and displays of the collection with relevant curators of works-on-paper collections and European paintings in the Division of European and American Art, as well as with colleagues in the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The curator works to promote and strengthen the presence of American art at the Museums and in the wider world, and works closely with fellows, interns, and junior staff towards this end. The curator recommends purchases and solicits gifts for the collection, works to diversify the collection, and assumes an active role in soliciting funds for museum purposes, including acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications, from individuals, foundations, federal agencies, and other sources.

The Collection:

Areas of recent growth in the pre-1900 American art collection include still life paintings by William Michael Harnett and members of the Peale family, as well as the acquisition of a rare portrait by Julien Hudson, a nineteenth-century painter of African descent working in New Orleans, and the purchase of an early stoneware jar by Dave Drake. Shown in galleries that mix media and schools of art from Europe and America, the American art collection at Harvard is both justly-celebrated in its own right and understood as part of a larger story of artistic expression in the west and beyond. Harvard University began acquiring American art in the seventeenth century, and the Museums contain nearly 3,000 paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative arts made in the Americas. The collection of late-seventeenth-century Boston silver is particularly significant, and the Museums represent almost every phase in John Singleton Copley’s painting career. Some of these works are part of the 1,300-strong University Portrait Collection, now overseen by curators at the Harvard Art Museums. The bequest of Grenville Winthrop in 1943 added a group of major works by nineteenth-century artists including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler. The wider Harvard Art Museums hold strengths in nineteenth-century portrait photography, and American modernism, abstract expressionism, and color-field painting. While the Curator of American Art does not directly oversee these last areas, they may advise from the point of view of these objects’ relationship to the story of art-making in America. Works by indigenous artists from the Americas are held by Harvard’s Peabody Museum, and offer the potential for curatorial collaboration between the two institutions.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:

Ph.D. in art history or related field; minimum of three years’ progressively responsible curatorial experience, teaching, or field-related experience. [All candidates who may be interested in the Stebbins curatorial position in American art and AT LEAST meet the basic qualifications should consider submitting an application.]

Additional Qualifications
Demonstrated record of scholarship and achievement in the field of American art pre-1900, and commitment to collaborating and playing an active role in a lively and rigorous university setting.

Demonstrated record of teaching, working with students, and/or mentoring preferred.

Demonstrated record of successfully working with donors, collectors, and museum patrons preferred.

Commitment to equity and inclusion in museum practice and to engaging with a wide range of audiences and constituencies.

Additional Information
The Associate-level position is a 5-year term position with the possibility of extension and promotion.

Call for Research Notes: Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art

Call for Research Notes
Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art

Panorama seeks short works of original scholarship that bring new research discoveries, new museum acquisitions, or developing projects (academic, curatorial, and/or digital) to the attention of its readers.

Research Notes are usually written in the first person, and you are encouraged to express you excitement in the first paragraph. Research notes are approximately 2,500 words in length, and they can include footnotes and up to five illustrations. We see Research Notes as an opportunity to surface those great moments when something new comes to light. 

For further information and to submit your Research Note, please consult our submissions page.

Feel free to send your questions to:
Katelynn Crawford: kcrawford@artsbma.org
Kevin Murphy: kmm3@williams.edu
Erin Pauwels: erin.pauwels@temple.edu