I will be chairing a session at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Greensboro, NC this fall (October 30 - November 2). The subject is one in which I have great personal interest, and I hope to attract a broad pool of diverse responses in hopes of creating a spirited and provocative dialog on the subject. I'm contacting you because I thought you might find the topic of personal interest. I also hope you'll be willing to pass this call for proposals on to any of your associates who might also be interested.
For those to whom it may be a concern, this will qualify as a peer-reviewed conference presentation, as I am now an Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida. If you are unfamiliar with the organization, SECAC is a wonderful group with membership from all 50 states and several other countries. I have been active at their conferences for several years now, and find my membership to be quite valuable.
Proposing a paper is a simple process, completed online, requiring only a 200-word proposal and a short CV. The deadline for proposals is April 20, 2013. You may access the complete call for proposals here:
Finally, below is the description of my own session. Thanks for your time and I sincerely hope you'll consider submitting a proposal.
I'm a Photographer?
Even as it approaches its 200th anniversary, photography continues to defy definitive categorization among the visual arts. An accessible and ostensibly "easy" method of image creation, photography today facilitates creative work by a diverse range of users. Yet those same qualities have, at times, made it difficult for photography to achieve popular recognition as "art." The concept of the artist as "master of the medium" remains prevalent in our cultural vernacular, yet photography's essential, democratic nature conflicts with this popular assumption. Some artistic media naturally inspire discussion of their inherent physical characteristics and experiential qualities, but photography's ties to the mechanical and scientific seem to preclude such dialogue. Though it might seem silly to categorize oneself as an 'artist working with painting,' there are many contemporary artists for whom photography represents only one part of their creative work, or who work primarily with photographic processes yet have little interest in photography as a medium. Is mastery of medium a relevant concern for the contemporary artist? This session invites responses from all artists working with photographic tools and techniques, but especially seeks those who do not consider themselves photographers. Papers addressing these questions from critical and historical perspectives are also welcome.
Session chair: Christopher Luhar-Trice, University of North Florida. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of North Florida.
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