N.B.: This page includes symposia and conferences for graduate students and those not solely for graduate students that seem to be either of special interest or are especially welcoming to you. Also note that while a regrettable number of sites below have not updated their information many of the events listed below are annual events. Contact them if you have any questions.
Rationale: the gold star is used to mark new postings accepting proposals until the date in bold type. After that date has passed, the gold star is removed and the conference becomes "to attend." After the the conference is over, I usually leave up a brief notice if it is an annual event.
Note on Location: The conferences on this page are being held in North America (U.S.A. and Canada), despite the actual location of the organization. (Example: The sometimes wandering RSA)
All Other Topics: U.S.A. and Canada
This page has been revised to move two large symposia subjects to their own individual sites: American Art History and Culture Symposia and Popular Culture. A few conferences will be listed on both this page and one of the two, as I deem appropriate.
Held October 31-November 2, 2012. Memphis, Tennessee. "We welcome the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on all topics relating to the scholarship and teaching of the history of African Americans and blacks throughout the Diaspora. We hope to elicit the participation of graduate students who represent a broad range of disciplinary and methodological approaches. "The submission deadline for proposals is September 22, 2012. Participants will be notified of acceptance by October 1, 2012, and completed 10-12 page papers must be received no later than October 15, 2012. Please submit all proposals by e-mail to GAAAH President Micki Kaleta: (email@example.com) or (firstname.lastname@example.org). For questions, you also may call Ms. Kaleta at (901) 678-3395 or contact GAAAH faculty advisors Dr. Arvin Smallwood at (901) 678-3869, (email@example.com) or Dr. Ernestine Jenkins, firstname.lastname@example.org (901) 678-3450."
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.
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. Also 2013 conference will be held in New Orleans.
They have several conferences under slightly different names around the world every year. Check under "Conferences" and "Calls for Papers" for details.
02 March 2013. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut. "This one-day graduate student symposium considers the visual arts in Britain and its empire, America, and Continental Europe between 1901 and 1910--the era marked out by the reign of the British monarch Edward VII--in relationship to the intersecting social, economic, sexual, political, and psychological tensions and anxieties of the period...We invite proposals for 25-minute papers on this theme from graduate students working in any discipline. Special consideration will be given to papers examining the topic in relation to British art and culture. Cross-disciplinary and comparative studies are particularly welcome. Please e-mail abstracts of no more than 300 words by January 7, 2013. Lars Kokkonen (firstname.lastname@example.org)."
Held 22 January 2011. "We welcome papers exploring the character, status, and function of artists in society in European, Islamic, and Mesoamerican art. Our goal is to investigate the position, training procedures, and general attitudes toward artists from a variety of civilizations and cultures in order to learn more about the different roles and practices of artists in diverse cultures...Abstracts were due October 25, 2010 via e-mail to: (email@example.com)
The annual conference sometimes has panels relating to art history.
Held 11-13 October 2012. The Web site includes information for the conferences in 2012.
Always held as part of CAA and Renaissance Society of America (others as well). See the Web site for more information. [New Web site is a mess--4 January 2013]
Held 2-3 March 2012. ANNUAL. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. See the spasmodically updated Web site for more information: (http://www.bu.edu/ah/students/graduate-student-history-of-art-architecture-association/the-symposium/). Theme: Seeing Multiple. "From a material and a symbolic viewpoint...We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their studies, working in any discipline. by 28 November, 2011."
Held 30-31 March 2012. Annual. University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Theme is The Unseen. "Current and recently graduated Master of Arts, Masters of Fine Arts, Doctoral and Post Doctoral scholars are encouraged to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by January 6, 2011. Include your full name, affiliation and contact information and send your abstract to (firstname.lastname@example.org)." Please see the link for details.
12-14 October 2012. University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. "The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's Empire and the Commonwealth...All proposals should be submitted online by April 1, 2012, to the Program Committee Chair, Lia Paradis at (email@example.com)." Please see the link for more information.
Held 21-23 October 2010. Bienniel. The Huntington Library / Pasadena, California. THEME: WEIRD AMERICA: CIRCUM-ATLANTIC CULTURES, 1790-1830. "The Brown Society invites proposals on all aspects of weirdness in the circumatlantic basin between 1790 and 1830...250-word proposal deadline was Monday May 3. Please send a Word.doc of the proposal to: Duncan Faherty at (firstname.lastname@example.org) For any questions, please contact: Philip Barnard at (email@example.com).
Held 22 October 2010. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. "Graduate students in any field are invited to submit abstracts for UCLA's 45th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium, "Back to the Future." We invite papers that engage questions of time in art, art history, and exhibition. The symposium will allow emerging scholars to examine temporality, chronology, and constructed histories/futures in relation to the creation, transcendence, or obfuscation of the present. How is art a form of time travel? What are the stakes and consequences of forward- or past-looking aesthetics? How do the temporal qualities of art function in cooperation or discordance with formal qualities? What roles do institutional context, art history, and politics play in the 'timing' of art? Abstracts were due May 15, 2010. Submissions may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org." PLEASE MAKE A CURRENT WEB SITE
held 12 May 2012. "Graduate students in any discipline are invited to submit abstracts for "Traversing Borders," the first Annual UCR Art History Graduate Student Conference...The conference provides a forum for graduate students to question borders and boundaries--to delineate, critique, move through or reconfigure their role in the analysis of art and art history. Contributions engaging any medium (armor, dance, sculpture, print media, photography, architecture, film, painting, performance, etc.), time period, race/ethnicity, gender and region are welcome...Please submit an abstract of 300 words or less and a current curriculum vitae by 5:00PM on March 8, 2012. Applicants will be notified of decisions by March 15, 2012. Submissions should be e-mailed to (Traversing.Borders@gmail.com)." [please write to ask for more information--very long posting and no Web site]
Held 13-14 April 2012. Annual. For more information, please see the Web site.
Held 29-30 April 2011. "The graduate students in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara announce our 36th Annual Symposium, devoted to the theme "Moralities in the Visual Arts." We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of this theme from graduate students and recent PhDs in all areas of scholarship...Please submit proposals of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers along with a brief CV to Brigit Ferguson, symposium co-organizer, at (email@example.com) by December 31, 2010. We will contact all submitters regarding acceptance of the proposals by February 1, 2011. We ask that papers, including images, be submitted to the organizers at least one week in advance of the symposium for the benefit of panel respondents.
Held 16 April 2011. Seventh Annual Art History Symposium: The Real and the Fake. Please send a 300-word proposal for a 25-minute lecture and a one-paragraph professional biography as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline was January 25, 2011. (Elaine O'Brien, Professor of Modern & Contemporary Art & Theory, CSU Sacramento)
Held 27-28 2011 October 2011. University of Alberta in Edmonton. Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada. The deadline for submissions to the Call for Papers is May 15th 2011. Check the Web site for details.
Held 16-20 May 2011. 43rd Annual Conference, to be held in Puerto Rico. "Application instructions, as well as forms for paper and panel proposals, are available on the Association of Caribbean Historians website (see link above). All applications must be received by Sept. 30, 2010 for consideration.
20-21 June 2013. Chicago, IL. Newberry Library Symposium. "We seek historians, art historians, geographers, and scholars of visual culture for a symposium discussing the aesthetics of 19th-century cartographic exploration in the Americas. The nineteenth century represented a high point in mapping expeditions at the hemispheric level. These ostensibly scientific expeditions charted territories, often in support of nation building projects, yet also produced vast amounts of visual and artistic materials. This symposium will focus on this visual material addressing such questions as: What kinds of 19th-century visual practices and technologies of seeing do these materials engage? How does scientific knowledge get translated into the visual and disseminated to the public? Can looking at mapping hemispherically challenge a distinction between North American and South/Central/Latin American methodologies or practices of exploration? We are interested in all forms of visual representation, including maps, sketches, drawings, landscape paintings, photography, lithography, etc. Proposals including a title and abstract (maximum 500 words) should be sent by Monday November 19 to:Ernesto Capello, History, Macalester College, (email@example.com) Julia Rosenbaum, Art History, Bard College, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Held 16 April 2011. Presented by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, Winterthur, Delaware. Annual. For more information, please see the Web site.
held 21 February 2012. Los Angeles, California, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art. "We invite papers that explore religious themes, narratives, iconography, or sensibilities in Latin American visual culture, in a variety of media, of any period or region of Latin America, of colonial or postcolonial history." Please see Web site for details. "Proposals of no more than two pages double-spaced should be submitted, along with cover letter and CV to both Prof. Rachel Smith at (email@example.com), and Prof. Ronald R. Bernier at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline for submission is September 15, 2011.
Held 23 March 2012. Annual. Theme in 2010: Things Fall Apart: Fragmentation in Visual Culture .For more information, please see the Web site. "We welcome submissions from graduate students in all stages of their studies and from all fields and geographic regions, ranging from ancient through contemporary art. We will also consider papers from a wide range of methodologies and approaches. A monetary prize will be awarded to the speaker who presents the most innovative research in the most successfully delivered paper. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words for papers of no longer than 20 minutes, along with a curriculum vitae or resume, to (email@example.com) by December 15, 2011. Please include "Cleveland Symposium Submission" in the subject line of your e-mail.
Held 8-11 April 2012. Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "The SW/TX PCA/ ACA invites papers on Comics, Graphic Novels, Popular Culture. Any Aspect of Comics and Graphic Novels in Popular Culture will be considered...Please send title and 25-200 word abstract by December 1, 2011.
Held 11-12 March, 2011. Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Annual. See the Web site for details.
1 March 2012. Concordia University, Montreal. Theme: The Once and Future Worlds. "We invite papers from graduate students from all areas of the humanities that will inspire, challenge, and stretch personal assumptions, academic categories, and pedagogical approaches. This conference provides an excellent opportunity to share and publicize research as well as to meet other like-minded up-and-coming academics and researchers...Presentations in either French or English are encouraged. Proposals may be submitted by e-mail. ..Proposals should be postmarked no later than December 9th, 2011...E-mail: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Visit the website at (http://agicconcordia.wordpress.com/).
10-12 May 2013. Princeton University, New Jersey. "We invite proposals that explore the remains, revenants and legacies of Soviet Constructivism through the 1940-1970s--both in the USSR and beyond... Abstract (300 words) and a short CV (2-3 pages) should be sent to Serguei Oushakine at (email@example.com) by January 20, 2013.
Held 7-12 June 2011. Boston. Massachusetts. See Web site for details. Deadline was October 1, 2010. Explore it also for information on various symposia and other offerings.
Held 17-18 March 2012. The William S. Hart Ranch & Museum in Santa Clarita, CA. Theme: Interpreting History through Costume. "The Western Region Symposium offers an opportunity for established Members and potential New Members to present Oral Research Papers or Research-in Progress Reports on unpublished research, new creations and/or practical experience...Your proposal abstract and e-mail must be received October 15, 2011." See the link above for more information.
Held 22-25 February 2012. Los Angeles. CAA 100th Annual Conference. "This panel invites papers discussing the diversity of costume and dress as experienced by minority, ethnic, and underprivileged economic groups and the representation of gender, race, and class in fashion collections and exhibitions. The panel also welcomes the examination of appropriation, nationalism, multiculturalism, colonialism/post-colonialism, subcultures, street fashion, and other related topics in light of fashion collections and exhibitions... Please send completed submission form, a one to two page double-spaced abstract, a letter explaining the speaker's interest and expertise in the topic, a current CV, and a sample of your work if relevant by May 20, 2011 to both organizers: Consuelo Gutierrez: (firstname.lastname@example.org) ; Ian McDermott: (email@example.com)
Held 24-26 March 2011. Columbia College Chicago. Deadline for Proposals was 17 September 2010. See the Website for more information.
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 13-14 April, 2012. Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY. "This symposium seeks papers, from students in all fields, that look at aspects of particular revivalist movements in the history of the decorative arts and design or at revivalism in general. We are interested in proposals that discuss form and style as well as proposals that examine design's role as a cultural metaphor and as a mediator of sociopolitical perspectives...To submit a proposal, send a two-page abstract, one-page bibliography and a c.v. to: Dr. Ethan Robey, Associate Director, MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design, (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline: January 30, 2012." See the link for details.
26-27 April 2013. New York City, Parsons The New School for Design. "We are seeking papers from students in a variety of fields that look at aspects of mobility in the decorative arts and design--on a macro or micro scale, from a literal or a metaphoric perspective. We are especially interested in papers that investigate design and the decorative arts historically: looking at issues of mobility in the past, or relating past practices to current ones...To submit a proposal, send a two-page abstract, one-page bibliography and a c.v. to: Dr. Ethan Robey Associate Director, MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design (email@example.com)."
Held 27-28 April 2012. Parsons/New School for Social Research/New York City. See also: (http://designhistoryrevolution.wordpress.com/). Please submit a 250-word abstract (maximum) and 1-page CV to: (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline: Dec 7, 2011.
Held 10-12 July 2012. British Computer Society, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HA. "The EVA London annual conference tracks and presents the development and application of electronic visualisation technologies, in art, music, dance, theatre, the sciences and other fields...Deadline: 22nd January 2012." See the link above or (http://www.eva-london.org/) for details.
Held 6-8 October 2011. University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska. Thirty-sixth Annual European Studies Conference. "As an interdisciplinary conference, the Steering Committee invites submissions of a variety of scholarly papers by 16 May 2011. All presentations must be in English. Presentation of individual papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. You may download or print out the Call for Papers form [at the link], or request that a form be mailed to you."
27 November 2012. 6th Annual Graduate Symposium, Department of Art, University of Toronto, Canada. "Please e-mail abstracts of no more than 500 words for 20-minute papers, in addition to a short CV to (email@example.com) by November 15, 2011. Successful candidates will be contacted by December 1, 2011." See link for details.
18-19 October 2013. Hunter College, City University of New York. "This symposium will explore the nuanced and complex ways in which such representations of peoples, places, and cultures--sometimes viewed as portraying a static or conservative vision--simultaneously engaged with the increasingly industrialized and global world. We seek papers that offer interdisciplinary approaches and look at such imagery through the lenses of diverse disciplines, such as art history, material culture, literature, and anthropology, and that connect these depictions to broader, cultural, political, social, and economic issues, including international artistic trends, nationalism, diplomacy, tourism, class, and trade...Please submit 250-300 word abstracts and CV to Lynda Klich (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tara Zanardi (email@example.com) by January 15, 2013.
Held 30-31 March 2012. Miami, Florida. "12th Annual meeting." All paper and panel proposals must be submitted no later than February 17, 2012. Please see the Web site for details.
Held 4-5 November 2011. Annual. Very detailed Web site should answer your questions. The deadline for abstracts (maximum 500 words) is Monday, August 29, 2011. Please include the title of the talk, graduate level, and whether the subject originated in thesis or dissertation research. Send the abstract either as a printout or an e-mail attachment to:Dr. Lynn Jones, Symposium Coordinator Florida State University Department of Art History 220-D Fine Arts Building 530 West Call St. Tallahassee, FL 32306-1151 firstname.lastname@example.org
Held 17-19 February 2012. Tallahassee, Florida. "This year's symposium will be centered on the theme Beyond Borders: Constructing, Deconstructing and Transgressing Boundaries...Due to our commitment to collaborative scholarship, students from all fields with interdisciplinary interests in the study of religion and at all levels of graduate study are encouraged to submit paper proposals. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: Building and Maintaining Identities; Communities, both Local and Global; Scholars Manufacturing Subjects; Strategies of Empowerment and Subjugation; Limits of Embodiment; Political, Ethical and/or Gender Conflicts; Discourses of (In)Justice.
"Presentations should be approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length and will receive faculty responses. In addition, every year respondents select the best graduate paper to receive the Leo F. Sandon Award, an endowed award named for the Religion Department's former chair. Proposals including an abstract of approximately 300 words, a list of key terms, and a one-page CV should be submitted by December 1, 2011 for review. Final papers must be submitted by January 15, 2012. Please send proposals to Michael Graziano at (email@example.com).
Held 3 February, 2007. Annual? Nothing on the Web site as of 19 April 2011.
Usually held at the end of March/beg. of April. To participate you must be enrolled in one of the 14 member institutions and be nominated by your department. Write: Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1 E. 78th St., New York, NY 10021. Tel.: (212) 288-0700.
01 February 2013. Tucson, AZ. Art History Graduate Student Association, University of Arizona. "The goal of this symposium is to explore the relationship between geography and art, art history, and curatorial practices, within the context of recent scholarship on natural and artificial landscapes, landscape aesthetics, earth works, land preservation and degradation, hybridities of art and science, disputed and fraught boundaries, the distribution of resources, and immigration...Graduate students in art history and relating disciplines are invited to submit a 300-word abstract and curriculum vita to (AHGSA.firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 20, 2012. Applicants will receive notification via e-mail of the committee's decisions by December 12, 2012.
Held 22-25 September 2011. Louisville, Kentucky. Please see the Web site for details.
Held 29-31 March 2012. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Virgina Forum. The Virginia Forum is interdisciplinary and welcomes proposals from scholars, teachers, and professionals in all fields. The theme, "Greater Virginias", emphasizes Virginia's relationship across political and geographical boundaries to broader ideas, patterns, and adjoining regions. The theme is comparative and invites scholars to submit papers about all aspects of Virginia life, geography, environment, history, and culture...Direct further inquiries to: (email@example.com). Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2011." Please see the link for details.
Held 10-13 January 2012. Honolulu. Hawaii. Submission/Proposal Deadline: August 19th, 2011. Please see the Web site for more information and how to submit online.
Held 3-5 June 2010. Theme Historical Inquiry in the New Century. Held at Washington University, Washington, DC. Deadline for proposal submissions was 1 September 2009. [Web site not updated 19 April 2011.]
26 April 2013. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. "The term "interpretation" is a staple of our art historical vocabulary, and this symposium asks graduate students to question both what we mean by it and how we understand its place within the history of art and architecture... Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 1, 2013, with "AHGSA Symposium" as the subject of the e-mail." See the link for more information.
Held 20-23 October 2011. Baltimore, Maryland. Part of the American Studies Association. Annual; about the same dates each year.
Held 3 March 2012. Bloomington, Indiana. Theme: INSIDE/OUT: Negotiations of Space and Identity in Arts and Architectures. "We invite graduate students to submit abstracts of 250 words for papers exploring aesthetic practices as they are conditioned by place, nation, transnationalism, post-coloniality, or diaspora. How are social spaces--artifactual, material, and imagined--made expressive of human categories and identities? The symposium is open to investigations of any compelling topic, era, artist, or place considered in this light. By welcoming diverse perspectives from all areas of art and architectural history and visual culture studies, the symposium will create a dialogue around concepts of identity, belonging, borders, and cultural exchange as they are constructed and articulated through creative work. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Please e-mail abstracts to email@example.com by December 30, 2011.
10-12 November 2011. Annual. University of West Georgia campus in Carrollton, Georgia. Topic: Transformation / Adaptation. Proposals are due by July 15, 2011. For individual proposals please submit a one-page abstract in English, French, German or Spanish via e-mail to Dr. John Blair, firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the presenter's name, institution, e-mail, phone and any audio-visual or technical requirements for the presentation."
Held 21-25 March 2012. Orlando, Florida at the Orlando Airport Marriott.
4-6 October 2012. Chicago, IL. "The International Sculpture Center (ISC) seeks papers for the 23rd International Sculpture Conference: Process, Patron and Public. This conference will bring together artists, educators, art administrators, museum directors, collectors, patrons, students and sculpture enthusiasts to explore how sculpture becomes part of our culture. Individuals are invited to submit proposals for papers and panel discussions that provoke critical exchange and debate in relation to the broad thematic areas referred to above. To submit an abstract or to join the mailing list, please visit (http://www.sculpture.org/), call 609.689.1051 x.308 or e-mail (email@example.com). [NO DEADLINE FOR AMSTRACTS LISTED: 8 January 2012]
Annual. Web site not updated: 19 April 2011. Please see the rather confused Web site for more information.
Held 6-8 July 2011. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Please see the Web site for full information.
26 April 2013. The Art History Graduate Student Association 38th Annual Symposium University of California, Santa Barbara. "The term "interpretation" is a staple of our art historical vocabulary, and this symposium asks graduate students to question both what we mean by it and how we understand its place within the history of art and architecture...Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 1, 2013, with "AHGSA Symposium" as the subject of the e-mail."
Held 7-8 March 2008. No sign of the next one, but the department was badly flooded in 2008 and so they may have other things on their minds. [No sign of it 19 April 2011]
Held 18-20 December 2011. Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington D.C. Online submissions due 15 May 2011. Please see the Web site for more information.
Held 4-5 March 2011. Lawrence, KS. No sign of the conference on the departmental Web site: 19 April 2011.....
Held 15 October 2010. UMass, Amherst. "This year's symposium will concentrate on the theme of art and architecture as objects of cultural confrontation and conversation. We invite graduate students and recent graduates to submit abstracts. Papers may address issues related to the concept of cultural property, provenance, issues of restoration, the ethics of excavations, authorship, art as cultural heritage, globalization, landscape and urban-planning, sacred sites and their role in religious conflict or cohesion, advertising, propaganda, cross-cultural influences, artistic re-appropriation and reuse, the impact of the audience, among others. Papers in all fields and periods of art history are welcome. Guidelines for Submission: Submission is open to graduate students in art history, archaeology and conservation.
Held 14 April 2012. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Delaware. "Focus: Object-based research has the potential to expand and even reinvent our understanding of culture and history. In honor of the tenth anniversary of the MCSES, we seek a broad range of papers from emerging material culture scholars. Whether exploring the latest theories, viewing existing material through a new lens, or reinterpreting standing historical conversations with an object-based focus, proposed papers should exemplify the possibilities in material culture research. In exploring these material matters, we hope to promote an interdisciplinary discussion on the state of material culture studies today...Send your proposal, with a current c.v. of no more than two pages, to (email@example.com). Deadline: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Speakers will be notified of the vetting committee's decision in January 2012."
Held 9-10 March, 2012. The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. "The 2012 MAHC conference theme, World as Text: Text as World seeks to investigate historical and contemporary practices of reading and writing the world, broadly conceived. As a forum for interdisciplinary student research, MAHC encourages participation from students in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts: anthropology, religious studies, art history, literatures and languages, history, women's studies, media studies, visual arts, geography, theatre, dance, sociology, film, American Studies, and other interdisciplinary programs. Please submit a 250-word abstract to: (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 11/18/11. Open to undergraduate as well as graduate student research." See link for details [not updated as of 25 October 2011].
Held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Student participants come from a selected group of colleges and universities. There appears to be no Web site for this; and I haven't found the date for the next one. I guess if you're in the know, you'll know.
Held 14-16 April 2011. Grand Rapids, Michigan. "This session is open to presentations on new research, innovative methodologies in the field of 19th century art (broadly defined): new interpretations of familiar works; papers on perception, critical theories, primary criticism, global interchange of forms, styles and ideas. Phylis Floyd, Michigan State University, (Floyd@msu.edu)" For more information, please see the Web site. Proposals were due by 15 October 2010.
Held 4-6 November 2011. Annual.Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN. "The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's empire. We welcome scholars from the broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered...Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a brief, 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators." See the Web site for more information.
Held 13-15 February 2010. This was the fifth annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference.
Held 14-16 April 2011. Grand Rapids, Michigan. "Proposals of no more than 250 words and a recent CV were due October 15 electronically." Please go to the ornate, multi-part Web site for more information.
Held 9-10 March 2012. "The Art History and Archaeology Association at the University of Missouri, in association with the Department of Art History at the University of Kansas, invite submissions that take an object-based approach to the role of cross cultural exchange in the realms of art and material culture. Submissions should be submitted electronically to (AHA2012MUsym@gmail.com) no later than January 9, 2012. Proposals should consist of a 250-500 word abstract and CV." Please see the link for more information.
18-21 October, 2012. Las Vegas, Nevada. "Send 300 word abstract with 5 item bibliography and full academic CV (as separate e-mail attachments): *Will Scheibel (email@example.com)*. Please visit the MSA website for more details about the 2012 conference: http://msa.press.jhu.edu/. Deadline for submission: Friday, April 6, 2012.
Several conferences in the U.S. and the U.K. throughout the year; check the Web site.
Held 1-3 October 2010. Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA. "Theme: "American Mythologies: Creating, Re-creating, and Resisting National Narratives". More information is available at the Web site."
Held 29 October 2011. 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 31 March 2012. York University, Toronto, Canada. "Please send a 250-word abstract of your paper along with a working title, curriculum vitae, and contact information to: (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2011.
Held 28-29 October 2011. Worcester, Massachusetts. "We solicit the participation of scholars in all areas of British Studies, broadly defined. You can submit a proposal for a full panel or round-table or for an individual paper. You do *not* have to be from the Northeast Region to present a paper. Proposals should be e-mailed to Margaret Hunt (Chair, Program Committee) at (email@example.com). Graduate student conferees should consider entering their paper for the David Underdown Prize of the NECBS. Please feel free to email Margaret Hunt if you have any questions about the prize or about the conference more generally. Deadline extended to April 25." See the Web site for details.
Held 15-18 April 2012. St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. Annual. The deadline for session proposals was 30 September, 2011. See the Web site for details.
Held 23 October 2010. Please see the Web site for details.
25 April 2013. NYC, CNRS NYU Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. "This conference would like to concentrate on the goods imported in France and the United States between the 18th and the 20th century, and their existence within their new environment: business or tourist trips, where the exotic objects were collected and gathered in private spaces; scientific expeditions, where "anthropological" artefacts were collected for Western museums...Paper abstracts (maximum 300 words) and a short bio (maximum 100 words) should be submitted to Noemie Etienne (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Manuel Charpy (email@example.com) by December 31, 2012.
Held 8-9 APRIL, 2011. Granville, Ohio. "The Ohio Academy of History seeks papers from scholars in all fields of history, including World, Native American, Latin American, African, Asian, European, American, Middle Eastern, Rural, Gender, Religious, Cultural, Political, Economic, etc. Papers may deal with subjects in any area or time period. Those focusing on historiography, methodology, pedagogy, and public history are also welcome. Proposals may consist of individual papers or sessions organized around a common theme. The Academy welcomes discussion panels. Sessions generally include three papers (20 minutes each), a chair, and a commentator. The best papers will be refereed for publication in the Academy's Proceedings...Proposals were due 1 November 2010.
April 2013. University of Oregon, American Association for Italian Studies Conference. "Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of Gruppo 63. Over the last fifty years, however, critics have elected to focus on a handful of authors, and only on a fraction of their works, at that. As a result, one could say that the Neo-avant-garde has been neutralized and turned into a museum art. In fact, the most recalcitrant experiments have been almost invariably brushed aside, labeled as intractable, and thus neglected. And yet, these are some of the most fruitful experiments produced by the Neo-avant-garde. They are considered "minor" because of who wrote them, the genre they belong to, the medium they used, or simply because their author is better known for something else entirely. Possible topics may include but are not limited to: the influence of the Italian Neo-avant-garde outside of Italy (France, Spain, Brazil, U.S., etc); visual poetry; sound poetry; new media; theatre; conferences/ events/ exhibitions/happenings. This panel is organized by the editorial board of sempremai, online blog and literary journal – www.sempremai.net–. Please send a 200 word abstract by the 25th of November to the following e-mail addresses: Organizers: Beppe Cavatorta, University of Arizona, (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Federica Santini, Kennesaw University, (email@example.com)."
Held 12-16 October 2011. Denver, Colorado. [See the Web site for more details.]
Held 12-13 April 2012. Annual. The theme: Art & Politics. Potential participants should submit a 250-word abstract and current curriculum vitae by Friday, 1 December, 2011. Please see the H-ARTHIST Web site for full information.
Held 18-22 March, 2012. Frontier Airlines Center Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "The deadline for proposals was Tuesday, February 1, 2011." For more information, check the Web site. SEE ALSO: Conference in San Francisco, CA. Spring 2013 [sic]. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, February 15, 2012. See: (http://annualmeeting.oah.org/call_for_proposals/2013_sanfrancisco.html).
Held 28-29 April 2011. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York. Theme was STUFF. "We invite papers dealing with what things are made of. How is meaning resident in materials? We especially seek papers that explore the uses of engineered materials or the dialectic of the natural and the artificial...Send a two-page abstract, one-page bibliography and a c.v. to: Dr. Ethan Robey, Associate Director MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline: February 22, 2011." See the arthist Web site link above for details. [Annual? Chissa!]
Like the Frick talks and the Middle Atlantic Symposium on the History of Art (see above) this is open to students at a selected group of colleges and universities in the area; presumably you know whether your school is included in this group. [No sign of it on the Web site 26 October 2011]
Held 12-14 May 2011. Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
26-29 September 2013. The Fifth Biannual conference; Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. "The Reception Study Society promotes informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields: reader-response criticism and pedagogy, reception history, history of reading and the book, audience and communication studies, institutional studies, and gender, race, ethnic, sexuality, postcolonial, religious, and other studies. Proposals for panels and papers in any of these areas are now welcome. Please submit proposals of 250 words or less, along with a one-page cv, to Amy Blair at (mailto:email@example.com) by April 15, 2013."
Held 9-11 September 2011. For more information, please visit the Web site.
Held 18 November 2011. St. Thomas University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Second annual. "This year we seek paper topics that address the theme "The Art of Memory" " within art history and architecture from all fields of specialization. Research may explore the cultural, methodological and historical aspects of memory across all time periods, media and geographic regions...For consideration, please submit a 250-word abstract and CV as Word document attachments to (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 15, 2011. See the excellent Web site for more information.
Held 16 April 2011. San Jose, California. "17th Annual Symposium. "Where is the social art history heading? How ought art history to understand "context" today? How is the social aspect of art linked to recent formations in globalization, identity, subjectivity, space, mediatization and museography? The Art History Association at San Jose State University seeks papers that concern art in its historical context for this graduate student symposium." Submissions were due January 31, 2011.
3-6 January, 2013. New Orleans. "Papers focusing on the Atlantic slave trade and slavery, colonialism in Africa, the Holocaust, Nazi labor camps, the Armenian genocide, the Apartheid, the Rwandan genocide, the war in Darfur, contemporary slavery, and human trafficking, are welcome. Please send your paper proposal no later than February 1st 2012 to: (email@example.com) or (firstname.lastname@example.org)." See the link for details.
Held 19 February 2012. Theme: Art and the Mind: Neuroaesthetics, Phenomenology, and the Experience of Vision...We welcome topics from all time periods and global regions. Papers may address the encounter with art, take up neuroaesthetics as a methodology, or historicize the confluence of science and aesthetics. Interested participants should submit a CV and abstract of no more than 500 words to (email@example.com) by November 28, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by December 12th." Please see the link above for details.
Held 31 March 2011. Chattanooga, Tennessee. Annual? [PLEASE MAKE A STAND-ALONE WEB SITE!!]
Held 27 January 2012. Toronto, Canada. Theme: Experimental Cultures: Mergers of Art and Science. See also: (http://groups.chass.utoronto.ca/gradart/activities.html). The Deadline for the abstracts and a short CV : November 15, 2011.
Held 6 March 2012. Tufts University, Medford MA. "Tufts University Art History Graduate Program invites proposals for its graduate student research conference...The theme is Art and Exchange. As art historians become more concerned with the global nature of art history throughout time, exchange becomes one of the primary themes of our research. Rather than regional styles being formed exclusively by local custom, we find that they are influenced by artistic currents that, with increasing rapidity, travel the globe. Yet stylistic exchange is not the only form of exchange that occurs in art. There is, of course, the exchange of monetary value, power, and prestige for artistic goods and services. The purpose of this conference is to discuss the many ways that exchange occurs both historically and in the present day, and to understand its impact on art. We invite participants to explore existing and historical relationships between exchange and art from the perspectives of visual culture, art history, and art practice.
"For consideration please submit a 250-word abstract and CV as attachments to (Andrea.Rosen@tufts.edu) by November 1, 2011. Selected participants will be notified by December 1st and your full paper will be due by February 1st. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length.
Held 17-18 October 2011. CUNY Graduate Center, New York City. "The Conference Committee of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) invites paper and panel proposals for its fourth annual conference...This year's conference theme is "Narratives." The theme highlights the fact that stories are essential to the study of American thought. Intellectual historians catalogue and interpret the narratives used by the figures they study, and construct narratives themselves in composing their own accounts of the past. Electronic abstracts for papers, panels, or both are due June 15, 2011...Send all submissions to: S-USIH 2011 Conference Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Held 25-26 March 2011. The Color Green. "The Graduate Program in Art and Architectural History at the University of Virginia requests submissions to its biannual symposium."
21-13, 2013. Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia. "The Virginia Forum is interdisciplinary and welcomes proposals from scholars, teachers, and historical professionals in all fields. The 2012 theme, "Greater Virginias," emphasizes Virginia's relationship across political and geographical boundaries to broader ideas, patterns, and adjoining regions. The theme is comparative and invites scholars to submit papers about all aspects of Virginia life, geography, environment, history, and culture. We plan to offer sessions and workshops that draw from the full range of Virginia-focused research, including the humanities and sciences...Individual Papers: Please submit a one-page paper proposal and a one-page curriculum vitae in a single Word/pdf document to VaForum@rmc.edu by 30 September 2012. Please be sure to include your e-mail address and other contact information...The Virginia Forum is interdisciplinary and welcomes proposals from scholars, teachers, students, and professionals in all fields. This year's theme, "Writing Virginia", particularly encourages submissions that analyze the ways in which Virginia has been represented, constructed, and recorded in non-fiction, fiction, other literary and historical forms, the visual arts, and historic and monumental sites." Please see the 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.
2-4 January 2012. Pannasastra University of Cambodia. Annual conference at different locations and with different topics each year.
Black Moon Japanese art and culture