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Call for H-ALBION Book Review Editor: Ireland

Posted in opportunities by Editor on January 4, 2012

Call for H-ALBION Book Review Editor: History of Ireland, 1500 to 1800
Applications due by 1 February 2012

Wenceslaus Hollar, "Ireland," state 2, seventeenth century (Toronto: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)

H-Albion is looking for candidates who would like serve as our Book Review Editor for Ireland. Applications are invited from scholars specializing in the early modern period. The successful candidate will serve as book review editor for two years and will be responsible for commissioning and editing book reviews. Please send a cover letter and CV to Jason M. Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu.

Call for Papers: NORDIK Conference, Art Theory & Visual Epistemology

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 4, 2012

This is one panel at the NORDIK conference. Conference organizers welcome paper proposals for the 21 sessions spanning a wide range of topics. More information: http://nordicarthistory.org/conference

Art History Conference NORDIK 2012
Stockholm, Sweden, 24-27 October 2012

Proposals due by 15 January 2012

Call for Papers: Art Theory as Visual Epistemology

How can we know? What does knowledge mean? These were the fundamental questions of epistemology in the 17th century. In response to continental rationalism the British empiricist John Locke proposed that the only knowledge humans can have is acquired a posterior. In a discussion of the human mind, he argues, the source of knowledge is sensual experience – mostly vision. With the central claim of epistemology, art became a question of truth and sound knowledge: Is the artist able to identify truth just like a scientist does? How can the artist contribute to a collective search for truth? Can pictures and statues represent knowledge about the world? Joshua Reynolds, the president of the Royal Academy in London, answered clearly: Yes, it is the task of the artist to see and compare nature in order to abstract the idea behind the mere visual. He stated that this “mental labour” is central to the artist’s occupation. Moreover, the artist is able to give those seen and imagined truths a representation on canvas and, thus, communicate ideas and add to the collective knowledge by visual means. (more…)