Please send submission materials to panel chair Professor Erika Schneider, Framingham State University, on or before Monday May, 2, 2011:
This session seeks to situate American artistic production from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century within the discourse of the Symbolist movement. French artists have traditionally commandeered the Symbolist movement and helped to define this enigmatic style by its emphasis on inner turmoil and mysticism, its perceived fin de siècle decadence, and its multiple meanings and surprising juxtapositions. This panel attempts a more expansive dialogue on and an in-depth analysis of American Symbolists. Questions for consideration might include: To what extent does the American Symbolist movement reflect escapism tendencies in the aftermath of the Civil War? How does this movement conflict with American pragmatism? Is there a nationalistic discourse expressed by American Symbolists? To what extent did American Symbolists directly engage or challenge the philosophy driving the European Symbolist movement? What role does gender play in the discourse of American Symbolism? How have the ideas generated by the Symbolist movement been articulated in the tradition of the American decorative arts?
Every proposal should include the following six items:
1. Completed session participation proposal form, located in the Call for Participation brochure at http://www.collegeart.org/proposals/2012callforparticipation
2. Preliminary abstract of one to two double-spaced, typed pages.
3. Letter explaining speaker’s interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA membership status.
4. CV with home and office mailing addresses, email address, and phone and fax numbers. Include summer address and telephone number, if applicable.
5. Documentation of work when appropriate, especially for sessions in which artists might discuss their own work.
6. If mailing internationally, it is recommended that proposals be sent via certified mail.
Please see http://www.collegeart.org/proposals/2012callforparticipation for more details.
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