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More than Sustenance: Food in Art

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Posted by: Washington University in St. Louis
Deadline: Fri, November 17th, 2017


More than Sustenance: Food in Art

Graduate Student Art History Symposium

Department of Art History & Archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis

DATE: March 2-3, 2018

With Keynote Address given by Dr. Deborah L. Krohn, Associate Professor, Director of Masters Studies, and Coordinator for History and Theory of Museums, Bard Graduate Center.

Food is ubiquitous in visual and material culture. More than just sustenance, food operates in multiple areas of artistic concern. In art, food can act as a socio-political marker of identity, expressing class, gender, religion, and ethnicity. In architecture, food shapes spaces of ritual, production, and trade. In design, food inspires the creation of vessels and utensils for presentation and consumption. This two-day symposium seeks to examine the pluralities of food’s relevance across a multitude of artistic disciplines.

We invite papers that address the various implications and functions of food in art from a broad variety of periods, geographies, and theoretical approaches in the history of art and architecture. Day one will feature the keynote address in the evening. Day two will offer morning and afternoon paper sessions, followed by response and discussion.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

The political implications of depictions of abundance or absence of food The role of still life in the history of art How design shapes the creation, display, and consumption of food The marketplace as a center of cultural and economic exchange Food’s role in religious rituals The representation of class through food Depiction of agricultural practices as a symbol of regional culture

Current graduate students in art history and related disciplines are invited to submit an abstract (maximum 250 words) for a twenty-minute paper, as well as a current C.V. by Nov. 17, 2017. Please include the title of the talk and level of graduate study in the body of the submission email. Selected speakers will be notified by Dec. 8, 2017. 

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Posted on Fri, October 13th, 2017
Expires on Fri, November 17th, 2017

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