This page will contain news about symposium (and, eventually, other opportunities) in areas of art and culture of the United States and Canada.
12-13 October 2012. Boston, MA. The Second Association of Historians of American Art Symposium. "We are also inviting proposals, from current graduate students at the dissertation stage, for a Graduate Student Lightning round session at the conference. Proposed papers for this session should be a 5-minute synopsis of your larger research project. In the subject line of your e-mail, please distinguish whether you are applying for inclusion in the general symposium (20-minute paper) or to the Graduate Student Lightning Round Session (5-minute paper). Please only apply to one type of session. Please send your proposals and a short cv by December 1, 2011 to both David Dearinger and Melissa Renn, AHAA Symposium co-chairs, David Dearinger and Melissa Renn.
Held Saturday, April 10, 2010. "The Department of the History of Art at Yale University announces its seventh annual American Art History Symposium. The organizers seek proposals from graduate students whose work exemplifies creative modes of inquiry and breaks with established critical approaches to the study of American art. We welcome submissions addressing any medium or period. Abstracts were due Monday, February 22 for consideration. Selected speakers will be notified by Monday, March 1.
"In an effort to encourage dialogue among the participants and initiate focused discussion, we will ask selected speakers to submit in advance extended abstracts with images. We hope that our discussions might take the form of a workshop for ideas on the current state of the field and possible new directions in the study of American art. Please e-mail materials to (email@example.com). For further inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Athens at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Xiao Situ at (email@example.com)." PLEASE MAKE A WEB SITE
This is the parent Web site and lists conferences to 2016. Note that the AHA does not limit its coverage to American topics, although they do predominate.
Held 20-23 April 2011. PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Joint Conference, Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX. "Panels are now forming for all of the SW/TX PCA/ACA conference's 80+ individual subject areas, including the "American History and Culture" area...The submission deadline for the SW/TX PCA/ACA was December 15, 2010. For the "American History and Culture" area, please e-mail queries and proposals for either individual presentations or full panels to "American History and Culture" Area Chair Kelli Shapiro (Department of American Civilization, Brown University) at (Shapiro@alumni.brown.edu). Full panel submissions need to include 3 or 4 papers. Include a 200-word abstract with a two-part working title (as wellas a CV and contact information) for each potential presenter. Mention the conference or the "American History and Culture" area in the e-mail's subject line.
15-18 November 2012. Annual. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Theme: ""Dimensions of Empire and Resistance: Past, Present, and Future." See the Web site for more information.
Held 28-31 October 2010. Crown Plaza Hotel, Alexandria, VA. "The American Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association is seeking papers from interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary perspectives that investigate the actions, influences, and phenomena that have formed American society. Though the field of American Studies may approach American culture from a variety of directions, it focuses on America as a whole; as a result, papers on all facets of American society and/or culture are welcome. SUBMISSIONS: Abstracts and a recent c.v. were due JUNE 30, 2010 to: Brian E. Hack and Caterina Y. Pierre, Area Chairs, 402 Graham Avenue #173, Brooklyn, NY 11211. E-mail submissions are also acceptable and should be sent to both (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to (email@example.com).
Held 8-11 February 2012. Albuquerque, New Mexico. "American Studies is a broad area and one that MUST be interdisciplinary. While the area is one that should be centered in the cultures of the Americas, especially the United States, a particularly vibrant area of inquiry is increasingly found in the transnational, intra-‐national and global considerations of these cultures. Topics offering multiple perspectives in this vein on the American Southwest are especially welcome...E-mail 250-word abstracts for individual presentations or 500-word abstracts for panel proposals to Area Chair Lisa Haven (English Department, Ohio University Zanesville) at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can submit your proposal directly into the database at [the link above]. It will have to be submitted there eventually anyway. Upon acceptance, all presenters must register by December 31, 2011."
Held 10-12 November 2011. Schreiner College, Kerrville, TX. See the Web site for more information.
12-13 October 2012. Boston, MA. Please see "American Art: The Academy, Museums, and the Market" above. Proposals due 1 December 2011.
The annual conference sometimes has panels relating to art history.
Held 1-4 July 2010. "ANZASA brings together scholars from Australia and New Zealand with colleagues who specialise in American Studies from around the world for a major conference held every two years.." Check the Web site.
Held 20-21 April 2012. Annual. The Claremont Colleges, California. "Rather than announce a specific theme this year, the program committee invites panels and individual papers addressing all major aspects of the critical study of U.S. cultures. Submissions are not limited to papers orpanels focused on California. Possible topics include—but are no means limited to—the globalization of American culture; ecological or environmental concerns; the phenomenon of crossing or transcending borders; material culture; childhood and youth studies; forms of oral or public history; academic and community-oriented collaborations; re-conceptualizations of key theoretical and methodological terms in American Studies; the state of American Studies as a discipline in the context of the nation’s crisis in higher education.
"Proposals should include: The organizer's name, contact information (including e-mail), and a session title; a 250 word abstract for EACH paper or proposed contribution (and a session abstract if a panel is being proposed); and a brief (1-2 page) CV for EACH participant. These materials should be forwarded electronically or in hard copy, no later than February 1, 2012 to: (email@example.com)
Held 5-8 January 2012. Chicago, Illinios, American Historical Association Annual Meeting. "After the creation of the automobile, the common American had the ability, for the first time, to afford the expenses of traveling to any area of the country. During the first half of the 20th century, the cities of the United States were growing and Americans took to the road. This panel will address the historical, cultural, and social significance of the beginnings of the American road. The emphasis will be on how American citizens became better connected through the creation of the American road system. Topics include but are not limited to the effect of the early American road system on business, leisure, community growth, family life, and government interaction. Please send questions and/or 200-300 word abstracts by January 15, 2011 to Dominic Longo, (firstname.lastname@example.org). To participate in the 126th Annual Meeting, scholars must be a member of the American Historical Association as stated in the Annual Meeting Guidelines.
Held 20-23 October 2011. Baltimore, Maryland. Part of the American Studies Association. Annual; about the same dates each year.
Held 20-23 October 2011. Baltimore, Maryland. Part of the conference of the American Studies Association. "Please send abstracts as a word or pdf document (between 200-300 words) by the deadline of January 31, 2011 to (email@example.com)." Please see the Web site for much more detail.
They hold several conferences each year. Check the Web site for those of interest.
Held 28-31 October 2010. Alexandria, VA. For more information, please see the Web site.
Held 28-30 October 2010. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, Georgia. Biennial. "Papers on topics relating to early American and southern material culture are encouraged from Scholars, curators, and graduate students in American studies, southern studies, decorative arts, history, art history and other fields. Subjects with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of material culture are highly encouraged. Proposals will be accepted for individual papers or for panel sessions. Paper proposals must include the author's name, the paper title, a one-page abstract and the author's curriculum vitae. Session proposals must include a chair, list of presenters, cover letter, a one-page summary of the session theme, presenter curriculum vitae, and abstracts for all papers. The deadline for proposals was May 15, 2010. Electronic submissions in MS Word format are preferred. Please send proposals to: (MESDAEducation@oldsalem.org), or via US Mail to:
- Sally Gant
- MESDA Conference on American Material Culture
- 924 South Main Street
- Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Held 1-3 October 2010. Boston. MA. Massachusetts Historical Society. Theme: The Arts and the Public. "Proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and other forms of presentation were accepted at (firstname.lastname@example.org) through April 9, 2010. Proposals are limited to 300 words. NEASA welcomes proposals from across the disciplines, from primary/secondary as well as higher ed, from artists as well as scholars, and from outside the academy as well as within. More information is available at the Web site."
Held 16 October 2010. Biddeford, Maine, the University of New England. "Kindly submit a title, one paragraph description, and short vita by JUNE 15, 2010." See the Web site for more information.
Held 18-19 February 2011. Fifth Annual New Perspectives on African-American History and Culture Conference at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill...*Eligibility*: Faculty and graduate students. The deadline for proposals was Monday, November 1, 2010. Respond via e-mail to (email@example.com) with your name, institution, title, e-mail address, proposed paper title, a 150-word abstract, and curriculum vitae. Please put "Conference Proposal" in your subject line. The conference paper itself should have a historical focus and be a *maximum* of ten pages in length, not including endnotes and/or bibliography.
Held 5 November 2011. New York City Parsons New School for Design. Theme: Memory. "Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 1, 2011." Please see the Web site for details.
Held 17-20 March, 2011. Hilton-Americas Houston, Texas. For more information, check the Web site.
15-18 November 2012. San Juan, Puerto Rico. American Studies Association conference. "The announcement of photography’s invention in 1839 coincided with the rise of imperial ambition in the United States and the development of post-colonial states in the Americas. Since then, photographs have been in constant circulation across this region, serving as instruments of both imperial expansion and resistance. While the camera has documented people and places in ways that define their subordinate relationship to centers of power, it has also enabled subjects to undermine such power...we are putting together a proposal for a session that examines the cultural work done by photography’s circulation throughout the Americas. We welcome papers that reflect on the photographic production, dissemination, and reinterpretation of collective identities and/or stereotypes. Papers that address the spread of photographic conventions and their local adaptations are also appropriate, as are studies of photographic practices that move between the center and periphery of imperial structures. By December 15, 2011, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a current cv to: Elizabeth Hutchinson (email@example.com) and Tanya Sheehan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that individuals may not participate in more than one session at the ASA meeting."
Held 24-26 March 2011. Storrs, Connecticut, and Worcester, Massachusetts. The Fourth James L. and Shirley A. Draper Graduate Student Conference in Early American Studies. Submissions were due December 15th, 2010. Enormously long and yakky posting (H-ARTHIST, 12 November). Please see the Facebook site and/or write them for details.
Held 17-19 February 2011. Atlanta, Georgia. "We invite our colleagues in American Studies, Southern Studies, and all related fields of study to join us in interdisciplinary investigations of the interconnections among the U.S., Hemispheric, and Global Souths. As always, we encourage graduate students to present papers. SASA's Critoph Prize is an award for the best graduate student paper given at the conference; it includes a certificate and a check for $250 as well as recognition at the next SASA meeting...Deadline was September 15, 2010.
Held 20-23 April 2011. Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX. Submission Deadline: December 15, 2010. See the Web site for details and more information. [Take a look at the various Popular Culture conferences. They offer many different CFPs, not a few of which are relevant to those in the humanities]
"Through its Publication Grants, the Terra Foundation for American Art provides support for publication projects on historical American art (circa 1500 to 1980) that make a significant contribution to scholarship and have an international dimension. "International dimensions" vary by project, but include translations of important texts on American art; publications that are written by non-U.S. scholars or that have a significant number of non-U.S. contributors; and publications with a focused thesis exploring American art in an international context. The grants are designed to advance and internationalize scholarship on American art and provide individuals outside the United States with greater access to resources in the field. Applications will be judged competitively on an annual basis...APPLICATIONS DUE 15 January 2012." Please see their link for details.
Held 16-18 April 2010. Sponsored by the Department of American Studies at Saint Louis University, MO. Apparently annual. Please see the Web site for more information.
Early American Studies, published by University of Pennsylvania Press, is currently seeking essays for a 2012 issue on cross-cultural influences on Charles Dickens, specifically the ways in which he influenced American writers and/or was influenced by American culture. Please send all inquires to Elaine Crane at (email@example.com). The deadline for all papers is January 15, 2012.
49th Parallel. "...is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary e-journal devoted to American and Canadian Studies. Since 1999, it has sought to transcend traditional boundaries and promote innovative and challenging academic work. 49th Parallel is also excited to be establishing links with the cutting-edge blog site EA Worldview (http://www.enduringamerica.com/), which will shortly be providing a platform for the discussion of selected articles. The editors wish to encourage 5,000-7,000 word submissions that cover the broad range of subjects that typically fall within American Studies as well as articles of a more interdisciplinary nature."
(Left above) John Singleton Copley. Portrait of Paul Revere. 1768. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Marius Amidst the Ruins of Carthage.
John Vanderlyn. 1807. Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, Palace of the Legion of Honor. This was the first painting to be sent around the Horn. Too bad the Museum was unable to create an adequate Web site.