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Brazil CIHA Conference Website: CIHA São Paulo 2021 – Motion Migrations – The CIHA conference aims to describe, to reflect upon and to analyze the different forms of migrations in a concrete, historiographical and theoretical way. (usp.br)

The National Committee of the History of Art (NCHA) is pleased to announce that the 35th World Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art (CIHA) will take place January 17-21, 2022.  Originally planned as an in-person gathering in São Paulo, Brazil, the format has shifted to a hybrid model due to the pandemic and most of the speakers will participate virtually.  Registration for virtual attendance will be free of charge.

Organized around the theme of “Motion: Migrations,” the conference will virtually bring together an international roster of art historians for five days of scholarly exchange. Presentations will reflect on the different forms, theories and historiographies of migration in the history of art and in its contemporary conditions (see the conference page URL). The conference theme is especially relevant to our current period of lockdowns, restricted borders, and global supply chain disruptions.

The São Paulo conference is the second of two paired congresses on the question of “Motion” (the first half took place in Florence, Italy, in 2019). The session themes and the full program are available on the program tab of the CIHA conference website. 39 US-based art historians are scheduled to speak on the program, including 12 graduate students.

The NCHA supports the participation of US art historians at all stages of their career in this important global conversation and is committed to the success of the São Paulo CIHA.  To this end, the NCHA has awarded travel fellowships to students in US doctoral programs so that they can participate in the conference in person.   The Committee encourages US art historians to virtually attend the conference and to share information about it with any interested groups.  Finally, please consider organizing events that enable graduate students or other members of your academic community to watch CIHA sessions together.   Should you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the NCHA members.

CIHA is the oldest continuously held art history conference in the world. Quadrennial CIHA Congresses promote innovative art historical research and foster dialogue among scholars from around the globe. NCHA is the US affiliate of CIHA and works to connect scholars in the United States with their counterparts in other countries, in part by encouraging participation in and attendance at CIHA congresses and colloquia. We hope to “see” many art historians at the upcoming conference.

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