Call for papers for presentation at the 2008 College Art Association annual conference, February 20–23, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Dallas, TX. Common terrain: surveying geographies contributions to histories of art, architecture and visual culture. We solicit short papers exploring how historians of art, visual culture and architecture engage the purview and methodologies of geography in their historical or current forms. How do our uses of geography augment or revise chronologies and narratives, or shape our work as a critical practice? How do features of geography help us elaborate on the ‘place’ of the observer, enhance reception-oriented approaches, situate art in mythical or ritualistic spaces or understand their imagined, physical, personal and social uses? Can geography articulate locality as a circumstance of art? What does the concept of ‘mapping’ owe geography? How can geography’s interests and practices clarify the significance of composition, perspective, or pictorial or negative space? With what benefits might we approach non-geographic topics, geographically? How do we employ empirical and quantitative methodologies associated with social science dimensions of geography? Following fifteen-minute individual presentations, we will hold a roundtable discussion.
Jennifer Way, JWay@unt.edu, and Mickey S. Abel, Abel@unt.edu.
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