Call for Articles | Spring 2019 Issue of J18: Animal

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 13, 2017

From J18:

Journal18, Issue #7 (Spring 2019) — Animal
Edited by Katie Hornstein

Proposals due by 1 April 2018; finished articles will be due by 15 October 2018

Recently scholars across the humanities have been examining the role animals play in representations across media, cultures, and historical moments. While art historians have begun to turn their attention to animality, the most intensive efforts on the part of humanities scholars have been located in literary disciplines and have tended to embrace activist and theoretically-based approaches. Why has art history been slower than other humanities disciplines to contend with animality? Has art history’s traditional humanistic focus precluded critical and theoretical thinking about animals as more than just symbols and subject matter within visual representation, especially with regard to art made before the nineteenth century? In devising his theory of humanistic art history, for example, Erwin Panofsky enacted a series of exclusions and disavowals that celebrated the uniqueness of human object-making and ideation, with a sharp separation between nature and culture. In response to a history of art that has traditionally celebrated and elevated works of art as the highest of human achievements, animal studies presents a potentially destabilizing challenge: how do animals structure our understanding of what it is to be human?

The Spring 2019 issue for Journal18 seeks contributions from scholars who work at the intersections of art history, visual and material culture, and animal studies. Articles should use the historical frame of the long-eighteenth century (c. 1660–1830) to address the animal as an actor, agent, and formative presence within art’s histories. Contributions might address how the figure of the animal and ideas about animality contest the preeminence of human-based subjectivities that have traditionally (and perhaps necessarily) structured art historical approaches to visual representation. Authors might also ask questions that revolve around the circulation and exchange of animal-based products in the burgeoning global economy of the eighteenth century. Articles that address the unique signifying power of visual representations of animals across media and consider how images depict animals as responsive subjects are equally welcome. Submissions may take the form of an article (up to 6000 words) or a shorter vignette (no more than 2,500 words).

For authors who have their submissions selected, there will be a study day held in New York City in early September 2018, ahead of the due date of October 15, 2018 for completed texts. This will be an opportunity to present research, share ideas, and receive feedback before handing in your final articles. For any contributors unable to travel to New York, we aim to make remote participation possible via weblinks.

Proposals for #7 ANIMAL are now being accepted. Deadline for proposals: 1 April 2018. To submit a proposal, please specify whether you intend to write an article (6,000 words) or a shorter vignette (2,500 words). Send an abstract (200 words) and a brief CV to editor@journal18.org and katherine.s.hornstein@dartmouth.edu.

Issue editor
Katie Hornstein, Dartmouth College

Call for Papers | Fashioning the Early Modern Courtier

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 9, 2017

From the Call for Papers:

Fashioning the Early Modern Courtier
St John’s College, Cambridge, 16 May 2018

Proposals due by 22 January 2018

Early modern courts were crucial sites for the elaboration and diffusion of specific corporeal models aspiring to shape the ideal man and woman. Fashion, then as now, provides a very material setting that has the power to promote specific patterns of thought and action. This one-day workshop sets out to explore the ways in which clothing contributed to the gendered (self)fashioning of the courtier in early modern Europe (ca. 1500–1750), examining both its symbolic significance and its action on and interaction with the body.

Embracing a corporealist perspective, we endeavour to integrate a semiotic reading of fashion with accounts of its fundamentally embodied nature, both in its creation and in its wearing. Topics examined may range from sartorial trends and beautification techniques to issues related to etiquette and courtly rituals more broadly. The circulation of such practices as well as the making and commercialising of fashionable goods within and beyond courtly circles will also be investigated. Methodological reflections concerning historical research in the field of fashion studies are also welcome, such as the juxtaposition of different types of sources or the epistemological significance of dress reconstruction.

We are delighted to announce two keynote lectures to be delivered by leading scholars, Evelyn Welch (King’s College, London) and Maria Hayward  (University of Southampton).

We warmly invite contributions broadly relating to this theme, which may approach questions of early modern fashion and courtly culture from a variety of disciplines including history, art, fashion, textile, and literary studies. Graduate students, early career researchers, and junior curators and conservators are particularly encouraged to apply. Those interested in delivering a paper are invited to submit a proposal of up to 300 words and a brief biographical note to Valerio Zanetti (vz218@cam.ac.uk) by 22nd January 2018.

Call for Essays | American Art and Economics

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 8, 2017

Special Issue of American Art: Economics, Money, and the Art Market
Edited by John Ott and Robin Veder

Proposals due by 1 February 2018; final MSS will be due 1 September 2018

American Art, the peer-reviewed journal co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the University of Chicago Press, invites historians of American art to answer the question, “What do we talk about when we talk about economics, money, and the art market?” In the spirit of the October Visual Culture questionnaire, replies may address any or all of the following questions and should take the form of brief position papers rather than intensive case studies. In the historiography of American art history, what shifts have we seen in ways of thinking about artistic production, the art market, and the visual cultures of economics? When we study financial systems, institutions, instruments, and objects, do we examine them in relation to economic power and social class, or in relation to other social phenomena, and why? To what extent have economic forces such as the art market and institutional funding shaped the field of American art, whether in terms of the objects and inquiries we pursue and neglect, or with regard to the vocabulary we use and avoid?

For consideration, submit abstracts of 250–500 words by February 1, 2018. The organizers, John Ott, professor of art history at James Madison University, and Robin Veder, executive editor of American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will review submissions and encourage selected authors to submit full manuscripts for further consideration. These should be 1,500–2,500 words including endnotes, with 1–4 images, and will be due by September 1, 2018. The journal will evaluate the manuscripts and select some for publication in a 2019 issue of American Art. Accepted authors will workshop the manuscripts together before final revision. Submit abstracts to americanartjournal@si.edu. For other inquiries, contact John Ott at ottjw@jmu.edu.

Call for Papers | Fashion and Clothing in European Museums

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 5, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Fashion and Clothing in European Museums: Collection, Research, Exhibition
Musée Alsacien, Strasbourg/Haguenau, 17–19 May 2018

Proposals due by 19 December 2017

Courtyard of the Alsatian Museum in Strasbourg (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, June 2009).

This interdisciplinary international conference Fashion and Clothing in European Museums: Collection, Research, Exhibition is organised by the European Research Interest Group Appearances, Bodies and Societies / Apparences, Corps et Sociétés (ACorSo). With the intent of reflecting the current museum landscape and of developing debate on future directions for museums of art, dress and textiles, ethnography and history, members of the Research Interest Group welcome papers that respond closely to the following issues:
• What fundamental themes and debates have museums attached to their collections of textiles, dress, and fashion?
• What ambitions have been attached to the development of dress, fashion, and textile collections? How are these collections integrated within the global project of museums and the museum itinerary?
• How can we overcome the status of differences that exist between (high) fashion and everyday and ethnographical dress and their museum display?
• Should the promulgators of the new museologies of the study of fashion and dress—so far mostly applied to analysis of museums of international standing or to specialised museums—take an interest in the work of small and medium sized museums?
• In what ways is digitization a challenge or a potential to the museum?
• Where should small and medium sized museums seek professional advice? What professional skills are needed for these museums? Is there a preferred work methodology?
• What links to established research can museums initiate and set in place, precisely because of their specificities? What has already been initiated?
• The situation of some of some small local museums with collections including dress, textiles, and their related industries is now so perilous that some have been, and are being, closed. What positive proposals have been set in place that have already addressed this problem or are currently dealing with it?

We are interested in receiving discussion papers from colleagues working with collections, be they curators, collectors, researchers, managers, museographers, etc. The languages of the conference will be French, German, and English. In view of the trans-European character of this conference, we ask you to submit your abstract in two languages—in any combination of French, German, and English (i.e. French and German, French and English, or English and German). Your submission should be 300 words long, with the translation bringing it to a total of 600 words. Abstracts must be relevant to the issues detailed in this Call for Papers and should clearly highlight the specific themes your paper will address. You will be informed in January on the status of your submission.

Abstracts should be submitted to
• Lou Taylor, Prof. Emerita (lt73@brighton.ac.uk); Dr. Charlotte Nicklas (c.nicklas@brighton.ac.uk). School of Humanities, University of Brighton, 10/11, Pavilion Parade, Brighton, BN 2 1RA, UK.
• Jean-Pierre Lethuillier (jean-pierre.lethuillier@univ-rennes2.fr). Université Rennes 2, Département d’Histoire, Place du recteur Henri Le Moal, CS 24307, 35043 Rennes cedex, France.

Call for Papers | Things Left Behind

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 5, 2017

From the University  of Missouri-Columbia:

Things Left Behind: Material Culture, Disaster, and the Human Experience
University of Missouri Art History and Archaeology Graduate Student Association Symposium
University of Missouri-Columbia, 9–10 March 2018

Proposals due by 20 January 2018

The Art History and Archaeology Graduate Student Association at the University of Missouri-Columbia invites submissions from graduate students that investigate topics that research the material culture of disaster and abandonment and discuss how such topics inform the human experience. Topics may include (but are not limited to):
• Disasters of personal, man-made, or natural character
• War and conflict
• Forced migrations
• Plague, illness, and other pandemics
• Abandonment
• Recovery and revitalization

We are seeking papers that explore various approaches to these topics, such as representations of disasters, artists influenced by war and disaster, art or crafts produced by displaced populations, the archaeological record of destruction and rebuilding, or archaeologically based narratives of disasters. Topics from any historical period of Art History, Archaeology, Classics, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Religious Studies, and other fields related to visual and material culture will be considered for twenty-minute presentations. The keynote lecture by Dr. Steven L. Tuck, Professor of Classics at Miami University, will take place on Friday evening, March 9, and student presentations will be held on Saturday, March 10. Proposals should consist of a 250–500 word abstract and a CV. Please submit proposals electronically to mu.ahagrads@gmail.com no later than January 20, 2018.

Call for Papers | MAHS 2018, Indianapolis

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on December 1, 2017

From the MAHS Fall 2017 Newsletter:

45th Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society
Indianapolis, 5–7 April 2018

Proposals due by 15 December 2017

Indianapolis Museum of Art (Wikimedia Commons, 15 January 2012).

The Midwest Art History Society (MAHS) will hold its 45th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, 5–7 April 2018. Sessions on Thursday, April 5th and Friday, April 6th will be held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Friday’s program will conclude with a bus trip to the celebrated showcase of 20th–century architecture, Columbus, Indiana, with a tour of the Miller House and Garden, designed by Eero Saarinen. Sessions on Saturday, April 7th will be held at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. This year’s keynote speaker will be Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her talk will be related to her 2010 book Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America, a topic with particular relevance in light of the current re-evaluation of public monuments. We welcome your participation. In most cases, conference presentations are expected to be under twenty minutes long. Proposals of no more than 250 words and a two-page CV should be emailed (preferably as Word documents) to the chairs of individual sessions by Friday, 15 December 2017.

The following is a selection of sessions potentially relevant for eighteenth-century studies; please see the newsletter for the full listing.

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Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today
Chair: Erika Doss (University of Notre Dame), doss.2@nd.edu
Papers are sought that contribute to contemporary conversations about monuments, broadly defined as commemorative objects, images, and spaces. The recent removal, and call for removal, of monuments and memorials throughout the United States and around the globe—in South Africa, England, Taiwan, India, Hungary, and Canada, among other countries—suggests a generative rethinking about why they are made, how their meanings change over time, and issues regarding their removal, relocation, and destruction.

Textiles and Intimacy
Chair: Erica Warren (Art Institute of Chicago), ewarren2@artic.edu
This panel invites papers that explore and examine the ways in which costume and/or textiles are involved in intimate aspects of human life. Papers might consider everyday, familiar objects, such as quilts, or less quotidian items, such as fetish couture, exploring the close relationship between textiles and/or costume and the body. Papers are welcome on any period and specialization.

Women in Art and Art History
Chair: Marilyn Dunn (Loyola University Chicago), mdunn@luc.edu
This session invites papers representing new research or approaches to the examination of women as artists, patrons, or subjects in art. Topics that consider how women’s agency is manifested in art within specific cultural or political contexts are especially encouraged. Papers focused in any chronological period or geographic area will be considered.

Undergraduate Research Session
Co-chairs: Paula Wisotzki (Loyola University Chicago), pwisots@luc.edu; and Mark Pohlad (DePaul University), mpohlad@depaul.edu
Faculty members who have received outstanding research papers from undergraduate students within the past two academic years are invited to submit them for inclusion in our sixth annual Undergraduate Research Session. These papers should explore specific art historical research questions. In all cases, a faculty member (usually the submitter) must serve as a mentor and accompany the undergraduate student to the annual conference. Submissions should include the complete paper—no more than 2500 words—a 250-word abstract, and the student’s resume (as Word documents). In the event that the paper is accepted, undergraduate student presenters and faculty mentors are expected to pay membership and conference fees.

Past and Present in Latin American Art
Chair: Jorge Rivas (Denver Art Museum), jrivas@denverartmuseum.org
In today’s polarized political and social climate where the future for Latino and Latin American artists in the U.S. is becoming more uncertain and daunting, the art from the past is ever present. From Aztec archaisms to present- day references to mid-century avant-garde movements among contemporary artists, revivalism has become central to Latino/ Latin American artistic practices during periods of change and doubt. This session seeks papers that explore how such ideas of the past inform and shape the present.

Art History and Civic Engagement
Chair: Laura Holzman (Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis), holzmanl@iupui.edu
At a time when museums and universities are emphasizing their public responsibility through activities described as audience engagement, service learning, and community partnerships, this session will examine how art historians approach their work as a public practice. Of particular interest are submissions from those who share scholarship and research methods in informal learning contexts such as exhibits, public programs, or op-eds; create scholarship in collaboration with partners from outside of the university or the museum; or use their art historical practice to strengthen communities in other ways. Presentations may discuss practical, ethical, or theoretical matters related to connecting art history with current events, social responsibility, or civic engagement.

Writing Indigenous Art Histories
Chair: Polly Nordstrand (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado College), pnordstrand@coloradocollege.edu
This session welcomes papers that address methods in shaping the future of Indigenous art history. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Indigenous art history as American art history, museum collection scholarship, academic journals, critical historiography, and collaborative and interdisciplinary research, as well as current research that aims to form art histories. While the field has long recognized the difficulty of critical and scholarly writing around Indigenous art as blocked from canonized art history, this session seeks to also address successful avenues so that a meaningful discussion beyond the obstacles may lead participants to strategies in producing art histories.

Rethinking Museum Collections of African Art and Art of the African Diaspora
Chair: Elizabeth Morton (Wabash College), mortone@wabash.edu
This session invites papers on current trends of all aspects of exhibitions and reinstallations of the arts of Africa and the Atlantic world.

Asian Art
Chair: Miki Hirayama (University of Cincinnati), hirayam@ucmail.uc.edu
This session invites papers on all aspects of East and South Asian art.

British Art
Chair: Catherine Goebel (Augustana College), catherinegoebel@augustana.edu
This session invites papers on any aspect of British art. All periods and media are welcome. Eminent architectural historian, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, questioned whether one could discern national character via the geography of art (The Englishness of English Art, 1955). Might we effectively examine this question today if extended to the Britishness of British art? Creative approaches are encouraged.

Art of the Baroque/Europe in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Chair: Rebecca Brienen (Oklahoma State University), rebecca.brienen@okstate.edu
This session invites papers that investigate the art, architecture, and general visual culture in Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Prints and Drawings in the West
Co-Chairs: Robert Randolf Coleman (University of Notre Dame, Emeritus) rcoleman@nd.edu; and Cheryl Snay (Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame), csnay@nd.edu
This session is open to topics concerning any aspect—technical, iconographical, functional, historical, social, political, scientific, etc.—of American or European prints and drawings from any time period, medieval through contemporary.

Islamic Art
Chair: Margaret Graves (Indiana University, Bloomington), marggrav@indiana.edu
This session invites historically specific papers within any area of the broad field of Islamic art.

Technical Art History
Chair: Greg D. Smith (Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields), gdsmith@imamuseum.org
This session invites submissions dealing with the technical or scientific investigation of artworks, authenticity studies rooted in materials analysis, or the development of new approaches to the physical examination of artworks.

American Art
Chair: Nicole Woods (University of Notre Dame), nwoods@nd.edu
This session invites papers on all aspects of American art and visual culture from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries.

Call for Papers | American Art Symposium, [Un]making Empires

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 30, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Fourteenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium, [Un]making Empires
Yale University, New Haven, 7 April 2018

Proposals due by 26 January 2018

Portrait of Chief Hendrick, engraving, ca. 1755.

The history and experience of immigration, colonization, and nation-building in the Americas have contributed to a complex artistic legacy. From Incan quero vessels to Kara Walker’s A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, the arts of North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean have engaged and served different imperial visions. A means of both consolidating and challenging state power, material and visual cultures of empire have also shaped the identities of individuals, larger communities, and entire countries alike.

The Fourteenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium invites papers that present new ways of thinking about art’s relationships to colonialism and empire. We invite submissions from graduate students working on American art across all time periods and media. Papers of an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural nature are especially encouraged.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Artistic expressions of confederation, empire, or sovereignty by indigenous American peoples
• Early modern colonial art and architecture, including relationships between colonies and their respective metropoles, inter-imperial exchange, and global currents
• Colonial subjects and artists as agents of empire
• Slavery and diaspora
• Questions of artistic agency, appropriation, authenticity, and hybridity in colonial art
• Colonial tropes and allegorical representations of the Americas and ‘Americans’
• Arts of exploration, conquest, and Manifest Destiny
• Colonial ‘afterlives’, heritage, and memory (ex. the Colonial Revival, museums such as Colonial Williamsburg, etc.)
• Post-colonialism, independence, and decolonization
• Art of non-political empires (ex. religious or commercial empires)
• Neo-colonialism and modern imperialism

Interested graduate students are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 350 words along with a CV by January 26, 2018. All submissions and questions should be directed to americanist.symposium@gmail.com. Accepted participants will be notified in early February. Accommodations will be provided in New Haven, Connecticut.

Keynote Speaker: Zara Anishanslin, Assistant Professor of History and Art History, University of Delaware

Call for Papers | A Farewell to Critique?

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 29, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

A Farewell to Critique? Reconsidering Critique as Art Historical Method
University of Copenhagen, NORDIK conference, 25–27 October 2018

Proposals due by 23 March 2018

Session convenors: Sara Callahan (PhD Candidate, Stockholm University), sara.callahan@arthistory.su.se; Anna-Maria Hällgren (PhD, Stockholm University), anna-maria.hallgren@arthistory.su.se; Charlotta Krispinsson (PhD, Humboldt University), charlotta.krispinsson@culture.hu-berlin.de

Since the advent of so-called New Art History, critique has been an omnipresent as well as welcomed part of the discipline. Critical perspectives on traditions and methods proved previous discourses of objectivity and neutrality to be inherently ideological. This new, critical art history enabled methodological approaches that questioned taken-for-granted assumptions of the discipline. Further, it brought attention to underlying social and structural aspects of art production and opened up new, exciting avenues of knowledge. In hindsight, thinking critically has resulted in some of the most ground-breaking research over the last few decades.

But when did thinking critically become the only way of thinking? Within the humanities, critique has turned into a default-mode, near synonymous with what is regarded as good research. This situation has of late come under scrutiny, most notably by Bruno Latour and Rita Felski. While Latour has argued that critique simply has “run out of steam” (Latour 2004), Felski stresses the importance of regarding critique as one method amongst others. In The Limits of Critique (2015) Felski argues that critique—like all methods—comes with its own tropes, narratives, and blind spots. What, exactly, are we doing while engaging in critique? What is the cost of habitually “reading against the grain”? Of continually deconstructing, denaturalizing and demystifying the world as we know it? What could we do otherwise? Felski does not offer a ready-to-use methodological alternative to critique—her concern is to examine what we do when we engage in critique and to challenge the view that it is the only game in town.

The aim of this session is to invite a discussion on critique in art history. We invite paper proposals that may include, but are not limited to, replies to the following questions:
• What are the challenges and/or benefits of critique and post-critique?
• What, specifically, would post critical methods look like within Art History?
• What are the geographical and cultural variations when it comes to the historiography as well as present state of critique?
• In addition to research practices, the academic profession involves teaching, participating in seminars and conferences, writing proposals and supervising students and junior researchers; can the discussion of post-critique be useful in developing these practices in some ways?

Please submit your proposal via a form on the conference website, where you will need to fill in personal information, an abstract no more than 1800 characters, a brief c.v. of no more than 360 characters, and full contact information by 23 March 2018.

In all, there are 19 panels now accepting proposals:
1  Post Democratic Culture and Culture in Post Democracy
2  Art and Design in Translation: The Circulation of Objects, People, and Approaches
3  A Farewell to Critique? Reconsidering Critique as Art Historical Method
4  (In)hospitalities
5  Medieval Nordic Art and the Un-nameable
6  Queer Art, Artists, and Identity: Nordic and Global Contexts
7  Futures from the Past? Nordic Exhibition Histories
8  Mixed Media
9  Nature, Non-Human and Ecology in Modern Art, Architecture, and Environmental Planning
10 Networks and Collaborations in Nordic Architectural Culture
11 A Whiter Shade of Pale: Whiteness Perspective on Nordic Visual Culture
12 Art, Artists, and Art Institutions in Times of War and Conflicts
13 Showing Not eTlling: Art Institutional Practices of Inclusions/Exclusions
14 Art and Spirituality in a Secular Society
15 Remembering: Art History and Curatorial Practices in Nordic Post-War Exhibition Studies
16 Life: On Art, Animation, and Biology
17 Decolonial Aesthetics: A View from the North
18 To Be [Titled], or Not To Be [Titled]? Art History and Its ‘Well-(un)Known’ Masters…
19 Untitled Spaces: Scenography and Nordic Art History

Call for Papers | Visual and Material Culture Exchange across the Baltic

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 27, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Visual and Material Culture Exchange across the Baltic Sea Region, 1750–1850
Berlin, 22–24 March 2018

Proposals due by 1 December 2017

Although one of the world’s greatest cultural crossroads, the Baltic Sea has often been overlooked by scholars as a site of cultural exchange in favor of exploring national and regional identities. Since the 1990s, the concept of a Baltic Sea Region encompassing the sea and its surrounding land has fostered transnational thinking about the region, transcending Cold War binaries of ‘East’ and ‘West’ in an effort to view the area more holistically. Still, common terminology such as ‘Scandinavia’ and ‘the Baltic States’, suggests these cultures are mutually exclusive, or, as the case with ‘Central and Eastern Europe’, ambiguously monolithic.

While historians have been examining the Baltic Sea Region—present-day Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden—as an important center of cross-cultural interaction, the area’s visual and material culture, one of the most important avenues of exchange, is often reduced to illustrative examples of historical phenomena. Art historical narratives continue to be tethered to national and ethnocentric approaches, a bias this conference seeks to complicate.

This project (three conferences—Greifswald 2017, Berlin 2018, and Tallinn 2019—and an anticipated edited volume) emerges from these twin desires: to study the Baltic Sea Region as a cultural crossroads and to depart from isolated, national/regional narratives. By foregrounding visual and material exchanges and the ideological or pragmatic factors that motivated them, we seek to establish common ground for viewing the Baltic Sea as a nexus of intertwined, fluctuating individuals and cultures always in conversation. We invite papers that engage material/visual culture as conceptual lenses through which to reevaluate the history, meaning, and significance of the Baltic Sea Region.

The 2018 conference focuses on the period 1750–1850. We invite proposals on any relevant topic; possibilities include:
• art education: students/professors at foreign academies
• itinerant artists/craftsmen
• foreign artists at royal courts
• art commerce: agents, dealers, collectors, advisors
• visual and material culture of race, slavery, colonialism, imperialism, Enlightenment theories regarding the ‘noble savage’
• relationship between art and science, constructions of ‘visual epistemologies’
• impact of print media/books
• artists’ travel

Proposals must include (in English):
a) an abstract of maximum 150 words summarizing your argument
b) academic resume
c) full contact information including email

Papers will be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by discussion. The language of the conference is English. Contributions should be sent to Michelle Facos (mfacos@indiana.edu) and Bart Pushaw (bcpushaw@gmail.com) by 1 December 2017. Notification of acceptance will be by 15 December. This conference is sponsored by Indiana University-Bloomington and will be held at IU’s Berlin Gateway in Kreuzberg.

Call for Papers | Frenemies in British Art, 1769–2018

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 23, 2017

From the Paul Mellon Centre:

Frenemies: Friendship, Enmity, and Rivalry in British Art, 1769–2018
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, 19–20 July 2018

Proposals due by 14 December 2017

Joshua Reynolds, Colonel Acland and Lord Sydney: The Archers, 1769, oil paint on canvas, 236 × 180 cm (London: Collection of Tate, T12033).

From the earliest histories of art, the friendships and rivalries of artists have been the subject of anecdote and gossip. For that reason they have been associated with the popular storylines of art, rather than with the scholarly discourse of art history. However, the wide-ranging re-evaluation of affect and emotion that is taking place in the humanities, and the increasing recognition of a synchronic, network model of understanding rather than a diachronic, emulative one in art history, have suggested that artistic friendships and rivalries are key agents in the production and reception of works of art. This methodological shift has helped art historians perceive the significance of interpersonal relationships to art-making. It has drawn attention to the sociability of artists, and to the entwining of their personal and professional networks. Meanwhile, across other disciplines, the impact of friendship, personal networks and communities of rivalry upon cultural production have been the subject of important studies. Furthermore, the idea of productive or inhibiting enmities (a more awkward but still profoundly important category of affective relationship) is also becoming a fruitful avenue of exploration.

The long history of British art furnishes many examples of complex and productive friendships and bitter, crushing rivalries. The Royal Academy, from its foundation to today, is one major locus of such complex affective networks, as has been its annual summer exhibition. In conjunction with the exhibition The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition, to be held at the Royal Academy between June and August of 2018, and curated by the Paul Mellon Centre’s Mark Hallett and Sarah Victoria Turner, this conference seeks to explore the impact of friendships and enmities on subject matter and artistic method, as well as on the formation of artistic careers and on the reception of works of art. We aim to re-evaluate and elevate these relationships, shifting them from the peripheral status of cultural gossip to central aspects of making and meaning.

We seek applications for 20-minute papers that address these questions in imaginative ways, and which focus on the history of British art in an international context, from 1769 to today. Whilst proposals that look to the Royal Academy as a locus of interpersonal artistic exchange are welcome, we also invite papers on other relevant topics. Please submit titles, 300-word abstracts and a brief professional biography and c.v. to Ella Fleming on efleming@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk by December 14 at 5.00pm 2017.

The symposium is funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and convened by Georgina Cole (The National Art School, Sydney), Mark Hallett, Mark Ledbury (The Power Institute, University of Sydney), and Sarah Victoria Turner.