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Call for Papers | HECAA at CAA 2017, New York

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 9, 2016

Superpowers in the Global Eighteenth Century: Empire, Colonialism, and Cultural Contact
HECCA Session at the Annual Meeting of the College Art Association, New York, 15–18 February 2017

Chair: Tara Zanardi (Hunter College / CUNY)

Proposals due by 5 April 2016 (in order to meet CAA’s 18 April due date)

The long eighteenth century witnessed European countries vying for global command, from fighting over territories in quick skirmishes or lengthy wars, forming new colonial outposts, pirating cargo, outwitting trade regulations, funding scientific expeditions that fueled the creation of natural history museums and collections and the improvement of cartographic knowledge, enacting free trade policies, and instituting competing trading companies. With the inauguration of new commercial routes for maritime travel and trading strategies, all in an effort to proclaim oneself a superpower, the circulation of goods increased exponentially, making products of all kinds available to a wider audience. While Portugal and Spain had dominated world trade and exploration beginning in the sixteenth century, the Dutch and English soon followed on their heels. Not all competition for global domination happened abroad or at sea: Debates about luxury, the preference for foreign over locally-manufactured goods, women’s role as active consumers and tastemakers, slavery, colonialism, and enlightenment ideas about race emerged on European soil, often pitting one country against another. Outside of Europe, colonists experienced greater independence, which fueled the desire to break from European control.

Within this geopolitical context, this panel seeks papers that address artistic engagement with the broad concept of the European superpower in the long eighteenth century. How did artists both respond to and generate interest in the global and imperial rule? While many artists accompanied expeditions abroad, others could only imagine the world beyond—how were such experiences of contact (real or imagined) expressed in visual terms? How did expanding international networks and political desire for global authority inform artists’ understanding and perspective of empire? How did artists actively support or challenge imperial narratives? This panel particularly welcomes papers that explore the intersection of art and empire by utilizing new methodological approaches to the study of empire, that investigate understudied sites of imperial and colonial history, and that showcase novel forms of artistic expression that employ, directly or subtly, imperial themes.

If you would be interested in participating in this panel, please contact the chair at tarazanardi@yahoo.com, attaching your proposal (limited to 400 words) and a brief CV by April 5, 2016.

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