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Call for Papers | The 1790s, CAA 2018, Los Angeles

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on July 14, 2017

Along with the sessions previously announced from the 2018 Call for Participation, next year’s CAA conference will include this ASECS-affiliated panel chaired by Julia Sienkewicz:

The 1790s (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies)
College Art Association, Los Angeles Convention Center, 21–24 February 2018

Proposals due by 14 August 2017

An eventful decade in the ‘Age of Revolutions,’ the 1790s were a time of ‘commotion’ (so-characterized by Benjamin Henry Latrobe) that shifted national boundaries, transformed structures of power, and cast individuals of all ranks from one end of the globe to the other. Many travelers sought to escape misfortune, others voyaged in the service of their political ideals, and still others merely hoped to peacefully continue with routine trade and other activities. As a transitional decade, the culture of the 1790s is rich with both ideas that do not survive the eighteenth century and those that flourish in the nineteenth. In the production and consumption of art and architecture, these years brought pronounced changes. Neoclassicism flourished in a variety of forms and in the service of (sometimes subtly) differing ideologies or ideals. The medium of transparent watercolor rose to new heights, particularly in Britain, where it also began to take on a patriotic valence. In both France and the United States, artists and their publics struggled to give visual form to the idea of the ‘Republic,’ in light of the long tradition of art in the service of monarchy.

This panel seeks to bring together new perspectives on the art and architecture of the 1790s. Scholarship that traces the chaos, innovation, and creative aspirations of this period, in lieu of pursuing long-established artistic canons or national schools is particularly desirable. Papers may consider artists from, or working in, any geographic location, and in any medium. To submit a proposed paper, please send a 250-word abstract, your College Art Association Member number, and a brief CV to Julia Sienkewicz (Duquesne University), julia.a.sienkewicz@gmail.com.

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