The newly organized Newberry Library Seminar in American Art and Visual Culture is open to those working in the art history and visual culture of the United States, from the colonial era to the present. The seminar provides a forum for presenting current research, as well as a venue that will bring together a diverse community of local and regional Americanists for intellectual exchange, collegial conversation, and debate. We construe art history and visual culture in broad terms embracing painting, sculpture, graphic art, architecture, material culture, as well as commercial and mass-mediated art including illustration, reportage, advertising, caricature, comic art, photography, video, film, and other visual forms. We invite papers that cross and challenge borders both within and outside the discipline, that engage questions of methodology and ideology, probe the categories of race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and reflect critically on the state and outlook of the field. The seminar is open to graduate students, faculty members, museum professionals, and independent scholars. Graduate students and junior faculty in the early-writing stages who wish to present work are especially encouraged to apply. To maximize time for discussion, papers are circulated electronically in advance. Priority is given to individuals who are at a stage of their research at which they can best profit from discussion. The seminar meets on selected Fridays during the academic year, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, at the Newberry Library.
To propose a paper, please send a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief c.v. to Heather Radke, Program Assistant, Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture, The Newberry Library. Please send all materials as electronic attachments via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in proposing a paper and have questions, please contact seminar coordinators Sarah Burns (Indiana University, email@example.com), Diane Dillon (Newberry Library, firstname.lastname@example.org), or Gregory Foster-Rice (Columbia College, email@example.com).The Newberry Library is unable to provide funds for travel or lodging, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations.
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