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posted by CAA — May 29, 2018

In 2018, the CAA-Getty International Program featured two main events: a preconference colloquium on February 20 on international issues in art history at which all twenty scholars participated, and an alumni conference session on February 23 that featured five CAA-Getty alumni and an American-based scholar’s response. Included below is the program for the February 20 colloquium, followed by the abstracts and respondent’s remarks for the February 23 alumni conference session.

Now in its seventh year, the CAA-Getty International Program brought fifteen new participants and five alumni to the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Click here to read their bios and learn more. Photo: Rafael Cardenas

Global Conversations 2018
Preconference Colloquium

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Getty Center

8:30 AM Coffee, welcome, and introductions

9:15 AM Postcolonial and Eurocentric Legacies

Chair: Peju Layiwola, Artist and Professor of Art History, Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Beyond the Readymade: The Use of Found Objects in Contemporary South African Art
Alison Kearney, Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa

Resistance to Western Paradigms in East European and Latin American art from the late 1960s to 1989
Katarzyna Cytlak, Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Emergence of Taiwan’s Modern Visual Art and the Formation of Identity
Hsin-tien Liao, Dean of College of the Humanities, National Taiwan University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

10:15 AM Global Trends in Museum Research and Exhibitions

Chair: Ildiko Feher, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

Digital Media Exhibition Curating in a University: the Case of the University of Port Harcourt Museum
John Agberia, Professor, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Thinking Cross-culturally: Asian Art in a Visual Dialogue,
Markéta Hánová, Director of the Collection of Asian Art, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Gender Issues in Museums: Possibility, Provocation, Necessity?
Natalia Keller, Researcher of the Collection, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile

11:15 AM Interdisciplinary and Transnational Methodologies

Chair: Nomusa Makhubu, Senior Lecturer of Art History, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Mirrors and the Invention of Perspective
Felipe Chaimovich, Chief Curator and Professor, Museo de Arte Moderna de São Paulo and Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, Brazil

Experiments and Innovative Strategies in Croatian Photography during the 1960s and 1970s
Sandra Krizic-Roban, Senior Research Advisor, Institute of Art History, Zagreb, Croatia

Understanding African Art: an Interdisciplinary Exercise
Romuald Tchibozo, Senior Lecturer, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

12:15 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Cultural Identity, Politics, and the Powers of Art

Chair: Parul Pandya Dhar, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History, Department of History, University of Delhi, India

Tracing the Cultural Ideology of the Indus Valley People
Sarah Umer, PhD Coordinator/Assistant Professor, Lahore College for Women, Pakistan

Datok Fatimah in Chinese Body: The Homely and Unhomely Presence of a Klang House Temple
Simon Soon, Senior Lecturer, Visual Art Department, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Reenergized by the Maidan: A Conjunction of Art and Politics
Natalia Moussienko, Leading Research Fellow, Modern Art Research Institute, National Academy of Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine

3:00 PM Considering an International Art History Curriculum

Chair: Cezar Bartholomeu, Artist and Professor of Art History, School of Fine Arts, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Terminology and Methodology in Teaching Asian Art to Russian Art History Students
Anna Guseva, Associate Professor, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia

A Chinese Perspective on Cross-cultural Transmissions of Art History
Chen Liu, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Translation and Change: Teaching Art History in Thailand
Thanavi Chotpradit, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

4:00 PM Open discussion

Moderator: Steven Nelson, Professor of African and African American Art and Director of the UCLA Center for African Studies

5:00-6:30 PM Cocktail Reception

Global Conversations 2018
Alumni Conference Session

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 Global Conversations
Border Crossings: The Migration of Art, People, and Ideas

Sponsored by the CAA-Getty International Program and CAA’s International Committee
Featuring five alumni of the CAA-Getty International Program

Chair: Nomusa Makhubu, University of Cape Town

Nomusa Makhubu, Chair

This panel examines the migration of art, people, and ideas across borders, critically exploring spatio-temporality and shifting political views. Recognizing the global history of involuntary and voluntary migrations of people, we focus on the narratives that have been overlooked but remain important in understanding the intricacies of art, culture and politics. Migration and migratory aesthetics are not new in the art historical discourse, but they have become central to current socio-cultural politics, and as such, have a bearing on art practices as well as art historical writing, teaching and the dissemination of knowledge. The papers in this session assess the multiplicity of historical narratives. For example, Cezar Bartholomeu’s study of photographs by the artist, Haruo Ohara, who migrated from Japan to Brazil, investigates specific modes of representation. Ildikó Fehér examines artists’s responses to the political discourse about migration in Hungary. Parul Pandya Dhar discusses the movement of artistic ideas, objects, and people between India and Southeast Asia during the sixth to tenth centuries CE.

Saloni Mathur (respondent), Parul Pandya Dhar, Ildikó Fehér, Peju Layiwola, Cezar Bartholomeu

For Peju Layiwola, time and place are conceptualized differently, and the focus is on the uses of virtual time and place by artists and curators who operate through the Internet. The contributions, reflecting on art practices in specific locations across continents (Asia, South America and Africa) and different historical eras, seek a more nuanced understanding of the uneven flow of art and ideas through time. In this Global Conversations session, we interrogate the paradoxes, subtleties and predicaments embedded in current factious global ideologies.


Cezar Bartholomeu, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Abstract: Haruo Ohara’s photography: Japanese blossom in Brazilian culture

Ildikó Fehér, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Hungary
Abstract: Art and Migration Politics

Peju Layiwola, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Abstract: Conversations Across Borders: Fostering Art linkages in the Age of Information Technology

Parul Pandya Dhar, University of Delhi, India
Abstract: The Mediation of the Object: Iconographies of Travel Across the Indian Ocean


Saloni Mathur, University of California, Los Angeles
Discussant Remarks for CAA-Getty Alumni Session, CAA Annual Conference, February 23, 2018

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