CFP: “Identity in Art and Art History” Graduate Student Symposium (San José State, April 2016)


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*Call for Papers: “Identity in Art and Art History” *

The 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium organized by the Art History
Association at San José State University. Held in the SJSU Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Library on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Deadline for submissions: February 26, 2016

The Art History Association at San José State University invites advanced
undergraduate and graduate students in art history and related disciplines
to submit proposals that engage art in dialogue with identity for
consideration for presentation at the 22nd Annual Graduate Student
Symposium, “Identity in Art and Art History.”

Cultural identity informs art, and art informs cultural identity at the
collective and individual level. Cultural identity has a tremendous impact
on the philosophies and methods engaged by artists, and it contributes
greatly to works of art understood as embodiment, performance,
representation or, occasionally, provocation to an operation of meaning. But
what do art historians mean when we invoke “identity”?

*Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following*:

• the nature of representation and construction of identity

• identity in the context of globalization or global exchange

• identity as expressed in popular culture

• gendered and/or racialized identity

• identity of artist as innovator, investigator, or integrator

• displaying identity in museums, galleries and exhibitions

• images of patriotism and national identity

• urban image construction and the city

• the role of images in the construction of collective identity

• fluidity and shifting identity; art works that resist fixed

• performative identity

*Submission Guidelines:*

We welcome proposals for 20-minute presentations on academic and creative
inquiry into cultural identity. Submissions must include a 300-word
abstract; completed 10-page paper; author’s name, institutional affiliation
and biographical statement; one-page curriculum vitae with contact
information, academic status, and relevant work; and brief recommendation
from advising professor. All candidates will be contacted by the second
week of March, 2016.

Email all documents in .pdf format to:

*SJSU Art History Association <sjsuarthistory

James (Jim) Housefield

Associate Professor, Department of Design

Curator of Special Projects, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

University of California, Davis

tel. (530) 754-2602

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