Chinoiserie and Contemporary Art

Posted in conferences (summary) by Editor on October 25, 2010

As noted by Emile de Bruijn at Treasure Hunt, the V&A recently hosted a symposium in connection with SINOPTICON, on ongoing project that considers the role of Chinoiserie in contemporary art. Among the slate of speakers for the day, Ben Schmidt (University of Washington) addressed “Exoticism and Chinoiserie circa 1700:  The Medium and the Message,” and Glenn Adamson (V&A Deputy Head Research and Head of Graduate Studies) spoke on “A Way of Seeing: The Optic of Chinoiserie.” The full symposium program is available here, and there are plans for regular updates at the SINOPTICON blog. As noted at the project’s website:

SINOPTICON is a long-term project investigating ideas and themes of a contemporary chinoiserie in contemporary art. The 18th-century term, ‘chinoiserie’, arose from the mania for Chinese artefacts that erupted in the seventeenth century transforming taste and aesthetics in the West forever. Now China is back, upsurging as a country of major economic and political impact – and with it a new wave of chinoiserie for the twenty-first century. SINOPTICON looks at chinoiserie afresh in the context of contemporary art and incorporates design, display, desire and frippery alongside politics and trade, authorship, interpretation and cultural misunderstanding, fantasy, escapism and fiction. SINOPTICON includes an extensive research and development phase, a symposium, residencies, new commissions and a national touring exhibition.

ASECS Panels at AHA, CAA, and MLA

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 25, 2010

Proposals due by 15 December 2010

Each year ASECS sponsors a scholar session at the annual meeting of these societies. Because ASECS is an interdisciplinary society, it encourages its members to propose a session (panel, round table) on a topic of broad scholarly interest and one that will have particular resonance and appeal for the constituencies of the AHA (historians), CAA (art historians), and MLA (literary critics). The deadline for submitting proposals is December 15.

Proposals should take into account the type of interdisciplinary work encouraged by ASECS. A non-member status waiver can be requested from the MLA, for scholars working in fields other than language and literature. A submission form is available on the ASECS website (near the bottom of the page).

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