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Affiliated Society News for November 2019

posted by CAA — Nov 07, 2019

Affiliated Society News shares the new and exciting things CAA’s affiliated organizations are working on including activities, awards, publications, conferences, and exhibitions.

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Mid-America College Art Association

The Mid-America College Art Association is seeking to add a board member position to assist with financial aspects of the organization. The Association is an all-volunteer, national organization in the process of shaping a five-year plan (and beyond!) The Board meets once per month via ZOOM online meetings. If interested, please contact: Heather Hertel at

American Society of Appraisers

Introduction to the Chinese Art Market, Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, February 5, 2019 | Webinar| 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET | $79 members; $119 non-members

In the past 20 years, the Chinese art market has grown dramatically, tracking the expansion of the Chinese economy, which is now the world’s second largest. This webinar will provide an overview of the socio-economic forces behind its dramatic growth and headline making prices at auction, and the challenges of appraising and advising on Chinese art. According to Artprice, since 2006, China has consistently been in the top three global art markets and is the largest in Asia.  Some sectors are booming with prices often wildly exceeding auction high estimates, while others have stayed the same or declined. Drawing on more than twenty-five years in the field of Chinese art as an art historian, educator and appraiser, the presenter will address the following:  the factors behind the growth of certain sectors, the role of mainland Chinese collectors and Chinese auction houses in driving the market, why the IRS will not accept realized sales from Chinese auction houses, the industry of fakes and forgeries of Chinese painting, sculpture, ceramics among other works of art and its impact on the market.

To see more upcoming ASA webinars and classes, click here.

William Morris Society in the United States

The William Morris Society in the United States is sponsoring two sessions at the Modern Language Association convention in Seattle on January 11 and 12, 2020.

Our first session, “Re-evaluating the Pre-Raphaelites,” examines how recent exhibitions have reassessed Pre-Raphaelite art and design, from William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision at the Manchester Art Gallery in 2009 to the traveling exhibition Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement at venues through 2021. These displays have positioned the intersection of art, design, and literature as defining features of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement, marking them as both “avant-garde” and deeply engaged with the past.

Our second session, “Ecosocialism and the Late Victorians,” is co-sponsored with the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and addresses how the late nineteenth century saw artists and writers, including Morris, plant the seeds of ecological concerns in socialist politics, leading to innovative approaches to both environmental and socialist ideas.

Interested attendees who are not members of MLA may obtain guest passes by contacting

For paper abstracts, panelists, and scheduling information, see

Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and University of Virginia Press are pleased to announce a new open-access, mobile-friendly edition of SAH Archipedia, an authoritative online encyclopedia of the built environment of the United States developed by SAH and Rotunda, the Press’s digital imprint, with lead funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities: The newly redesigned SAH Archipedia brings peer-reviewed scholarship to a worldwide audience of researchers, students, teachers, preservation advocates, cultural tourists and others interested in learning more about the architectural history of the U.S.

SAH will offer 36 paper sessions at its 2021 Annual International Conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada. The Society invites individuals and those representing SAH chapters and partner organizations to submit a session proposal for the Montréal conference. SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the annual conference; non-members who are selected to chair a session will be required to join SAH in August 2020. Session proposals covering every time period and all aspects of the built environment, including landscape and urban history, are encouraged. Session proposals are due January 14, 2020.

In a joint program with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, SAH is pleased to offer the Charles E. Peterson Fellowship that will support the participation of a graduate student in the research and writing for a volume in the Buildings of the United States (BUS) series and/or SAH Archipedia. The recipient will research some aspect of American architecture prior to 1860, which they may choose from a list of topics provided by authors of forthcoming BUS books. The fellowship is intended for students currently enrolled in graduate programs in art or architectural history, architectural design, urban planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, American studies, or related disciplines. The application deadline is January 6, 2020.

Historians of Islamic Art Association

CFP: Regime Change

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor

How do we write histories of Islamic art and architecture, and in the service of what interests? We might proceed from questions about the intentions of patrons, the agency of craftsmen, and their responses to previous artistic production, thereby allowing artifacts and monuments to be set within a historical, social, and/or artistic context. We might also posit large-scale organizational forms—dynasties, courts, regimes, workshops, technological systems, and exchange circuits—as frames that regulate aspects of life, belief, and ultimately artistic creativity. Recent scholarship has also shifted focus to other forms of agency. For example, “reception history” and the “history of objects” have attempted to move beyond the process of creation to consider the role of later actors and material accretions for the significance of artifacts, while the “material turn” in art history has sought to challenge rigidly anthropocentric epistemologies and open up narratives told by the “stuff” of art.

The aim of this conference is to focus on moments of “regime change” in Islamic art history and to also direct attention to “regimes” that structure our own field, raising questions of interpretation and method. We invite new research focusing on art and architecture after clear political ruptures (e.g., invasion, occupation, conversion); on the replacement of one symbolic order with another (e.g., public inscriptions in the urban space, changes in sartorial codes, new gender norms); and on the transfer of resources (e.g., artists, objects, libraries, treasuries) from one power to another. We also invite panels and papers that explore the potentials and pitfalls of new interpretive and methodological approaches to core questions about objects, material, and images, in both the academy and the museum.

Call for Papers

The submission deadline for pre-organized panels and single papers is December 1, 2019. For single papers, please submit as a single attachment a one-page CV and a paper abstract of no more than 250 words. For pre-organized panels (three or four papers), please submit as a single attachment one-page CVs for all speakers, and the panel abstract and individual abstracts, each no more than 250 words.

Please submit panels and papers to Christiane Gruber, Organizer ( All other queries may be directed to Bihter Esener, Managing Organizer (

Accepted speakers must be HIAA members in good standing by the time of the symposium. Speakers will have their travel expenses and accommodation covered by the University of Michigan and HIAA.

The 2020 HIAA Symposium Committee:

Christiane Gruber, organizer

Anneka Lenssen, Michael Chagnon, and Alain George, committee members


ACASA Triennial 2020 Program Preview
ACASA 18th Triennial Symposium on African Art, June 17 – 21, 2020

The ACASA 18th Triennial Symposium on African Art will take place at DePaul University and the Art Institute of Chicago, June 17-21, 2020. This is the preliminary program:

Tuesday, June 16
Conference Registration, DePaul University Center

Wednesday, June 17

Museum Day and Reception, the Art Institute of Chicago. Separate registration required

Thursday-Sunday, June 18-21, 8am-5pm

Conference Panels, DePaul University Center

Thursday evening, June 18

Evening Reception at the Block Museum, Northwestern University

Friday evening, June 19
Awards Ceremony and Keynote Lecture by Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCA, the Art Institute of Chicago

Saturday, June 20, 5-9pm
Dinner and Dance Party, DePaul Student Center

For more and detailed information and registration, see:
ACASA website

Women’s Caucus for Art

Women’s Caucus for Art 2020 conference has a theme of Intersectionality

This conference, centered at Columbia College and concurrent with CAA, includes a wide range of panels and workshops.

The WCA 2020 President’s Award for Art and Activism will be given to Rose B. Simpson, a mixed-media artist, whose work addresses the emotional and existential impacts of living in the 21st century, an apocalyptic time for many analogue cultures. Her figures are often powerful matriarchs or elusively androgynous empaths who channel the spirits of high art, hiphop, lowrider attitudes, and long-lost ancestors of all kinds. Simpson’s work will also be discussed by Alicia Harris in the CAA panel on Inappropriate Bodies: Art, Design, and Maternity.

WCA has a new LGBTQIA+ Committee. Those interested in joining should contact the chair, Emily Getsay:

There are two national juried exhibitions on view during the conference, February 12-16: “Collectively Shifting,” Cecilia Vargas, juror, at Bridgeport Art Center and “Intersectional History,” Donna M. Weeks, juror at Woman Made Gallery.

American Institute for Conservation

We’re looking forward to our 2020 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City! The theme is “Conservation – Reactive and Proactive.” Registration is now open! The full program schedule will be available shortly, so please continue to check our site for updated information.

Conservators play a vital role in protecting and preserving the objects and places that tell the story of our lives, history, and society. Become a Friend of Conservation and make sure our past has a future.

If you are interested in learning more about conservation and supporting the essential work performed by conservators, or want exclusive insights into conservation, including tips on preserving personal collections, learn about the benefits of being a Friend:

Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art and Architecture (HGSCEA) 

HGSCEA is now accepting submissions for the Society’s 8th Annual Emerging Scholars Essay Prize, an award of $500 given annually to the author of a distinguished article or essay published the preceding year on any topic in the history of German, Scandinavian, or Central European art, architecture, design, or visual culture. Submissions, which must be in English and may be from electronic or print publications, must have a publication date of 2019. Applicants must be either current Ph.D. students or have earned a Ph.D. in or after 2015, and must be members of HGSCEAat the time of application. The deadline for submissions is 16 December 2019.

The Board is also seeking nominations and self-nominations for election to the HGSCEA Board for a three-year term to begin February 2020. Candidates for four at-large Board Members as well as for four Board Officers are all welcome. Each of HGSCEA’s three areas – Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe – should have at least one representative on the Board and candidates from all three of these areas are currently sought. Any member of HGSCEA in good standing may seek election to the Board. The deadline for nominations is 25 November 2019.

For more information on how to join HGSCEA, on the responsibilities of Board members, and how to submit materials either for the publication prize or for the election, please go to the HGSCEA website:

Renaissance Society of America

RSA Travel, Diversity, and On-Site Care Grants
The Renaissance Society of America will hold its Annual Meeting in Philadelphia April 2-4, 2020. RSA members are invited to apply for travel, diversity, and on-site care grants. Each grant has a separate application with different requirements. Applications for conference grants are now live and can be found here. The deadline for all grant applications is December 3, 2019. Haven’t registered for the conference yet? Here is the link.

Day of Digital Learning
The RSA is pleased to offer a Day of Digital Learning on Sunday, 5 April 2020, the day after our Annual Meeting in Philadelphia (April 2-4, 2020). A tentative course list is now available to view. Signup will begin in January.

Innovative Teaching Grant Winners Announced
The RSA is pleased to announce our Grants in Support of Innovative Teaching of Renaissance Studies to High School Students will fund two projects this year. One examines the historiography of Spanish Arizona and the other highlights an inclusive Shakespeare curriculum. RSA President Clare Carroll announces our winners.

Renaissance Quarterly Open Access
The Editors of Renaissance Quarterly are pleased to provide complimentary access to two collections of articles from the journal, one relating to Islam and the Middle East and the other on The Americas.


The Board of the Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) is pleased to announce that Anna (Ania) Paluch of Carleton University has been awarded the SHERA Graduate Student or Independent Scholar Travel Grant to attend and present at the 108th CAA Annual Conference in 2020. She will be delivering a paper entitled “From Turtle Island to Vistula’s Shores: Indigenous and Slavic Futurisms in Dialogue” as part of the panel “The Present of the Future: Indigenous Futurisms in the Visual Arts” (Saturday, February 15, 2:00 – 3:30 PM in Continental B, Lobby Level). Paluch examines “the use of oral stories, memories, history, and cultural survivance within pop culture, contact zones, Native and Slavic Slipstreams and oral stories/legends as sci-fi (SF) narratives within Indigenous Futurism and Slavic Futurism, and how these genres are connected through those concepts.”

The SHERA-sponsored panel “Freezes and Thaws in the Socialist Bloc” will be held on Saturday, 4:00 – 5:30 PM in the Astoria Room (3rd Floor). This session will consider art from the former Soviet Bloc and beyond that tried to recuperate, revivify, or re-engage cultural formations that had previously been rejected or suppressed. Papers include: “A Classic(al) Russian Freeze: Timur Novikov and the New Academy of Fine Arts” (Liana Battsaligova, Yale University); “Jugoslovenka and her Discontents: Feminist Resistance During Yugoslav Socialism & After” (Jasmina Tumbas, University at Buffalo); and, “Neo-avantgarde on repeat: Polish contemporary artists revisit the 1970s” (Magdalena Moskalewicz, School of the Art Institute of Chicago).

Association of Greek Art Historians (EEIT)

The 6th National Conference the Association of Greek Art Historians (EEIT) will be held November 22 through 24, 2019 at the Amphitheater of the Benaki Museum, 138 Pireos Street, Athens, Greece. Thirty eight papers will respond to the conference’s theme, “Periods of Crisis and Paradigm Shifts,” and will address the following topics: canonical narratives and their relative ‘paradigms’; paradigm shifts and epistemological ruptures; interdisciplinary approaches, technoscience and the crisis of humanist studies; and global art history, interculturality and art geographies. A keynote address by Mechthild Fend, professor of history of art, University College London, will  investigate the theme of medical pathology in relation to the crises of the French Revolution.

More information is available at:

Association of Art Museum Curators

Know a curator who is creating groundbreaking new work?

Nominate them for Association of Art Museum Curators’ Awards for Excellence, the annual prize dedicated to recognizing both affiliated and independent curators whose work offers new methodologies, considers the public’s understanding, and advances the field. Since their launch in 2004, nearly 200 curators have received an award from AAMC. Click here to view past Awards for Excellence recipients.

Only affiliated and independent curator(s) working in the nonprofit sector can receive an award. All nominations must be submitted by AAMC members in good standing. Those in other fields and in for-profit settings cannot be nominated. Self-nominations are welcome, encouraged, and will receive the same consideration as other nominations.

A nominator may submit more than one nomination in one or more of the following categories for work on view or published between January 1 and December 31, 2019:

  • Printed Exhibition or Permanent Collection Catalogue
  • Exhibition or Installation
  • Article or Essay (digital or print)
  • Digital Publication

Awardees are kept confidential until they are announced at the Annual Conference & Meeting during an Awards for Excellence reception on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Seattle, Washington, USA. We hope that all Awardees will be able to join us at the event. Ability to attend the event does not influence the award selection process.

All nominations must be submitted through our online portal by 12PM ET on Monday, December 2. The deadline is fast approaching, so click here to submit your nomination today!

Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)

Foundations in Art: Theory and Education is thrilled to announce that University of North Carolina Charlotte will host our 18th Biennial Conference! Mark your calendars for April 1-3, 2021 and make plans to be there.




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