There is an interesting debate about the future of art history taking place on the Internet. The discussion concerns the College Art Association's position regarding working conditions for art historians, and also their relationship to art history's status in the academy and society at large.
1. It started with an essay I wrote about the possibility of establishing a separate professional organization just for art historians which I posted as a public googledoc on Feb 6. I wrote the paper for a panel I was participating in, The Impact of Contingent Faculty: Changing Trends in Teaching and Tenure, organized by Amanda Hellman and Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart which took place Feb 16 at CAA.
The paper has now been read by over 2500 people. It is unprecedented. And you can read it here:
2. In response the President of the CAA wrote an open letter to me, which they posted on their website Feb. 8:
3. There is also a discussion on Facebook, on James Elkins Fb page: https://www.facebook.com/james.elkins1
(See the post from Feb. 18 titled "More on the politics of CAA...", and also Feb. 11, titled "There's an interesting essay...)
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