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CFP: Sounding Contemporary Art

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Posted by: Midwest Art History Society 2020 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX
Deadline: Fri, December 20th, 2019

CFP: Sounding Contemporary Art


Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting

@ Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Menil Collection 

Houston, TX

March 19-21, 2020


Since the 1960s, contemporary artists have increasingly looked beyond the visual to engage a broadened material and experiential field of practice including the sonic, which has inspired the development of the distinct field of sound studies. But how might the discipline of art history accommodate artistic practices rooted in sound and listening? How does paying attention to the realm of sound change our understanding of the visual? This panel invites new approaches and case studies representing art historical engagement with contemporary art and artists involving sound and/or practices of listening. Papers may address topics such as the materiality of sound and its relationship to other mediums, auditory processes and technology, participation and social engagement, and curatorial approaches to displaying and collecting sonic work. We invite papers from all those whose work touches upon sound and listening, including scholars, curators, and artists.




Natilee Harren, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Houston


Melissa Warak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Texas at El Paso


Proposals due by December 20, 2019. Submit a 200-word abstract and current CV directly to the session chairs listed above. Accepted panelists must register for the conference and join MAHS, an affiliate society of the College Art Association, in order to participate.



Posted on Tue, November 12th, 2019
Expires on Fri, December 20th, 2019

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