CfP: Critical Race Art Histories in Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe. CAA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, 21-24 February 2018

Call For Papers: Critical Race Art Histories in Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe

Session at the 106th College Art Association Annual Conference Los Angeles, California, 21-24 February 2018
Chair: Allison Morehead, Queen’s University, Canada (morehead@queensu.ca)

Critical race theory, which entered art history through postcolonial analyses of representations of black bodies, has remained relatively peripheral to art historical studies of Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe, whose colonial histories differ from those of countries such as Britain, France, and the United States. At the same time, art historical examinations of white supremacy in the Nazi period are frequently sectioned off from larger histories of claims to white superiority and privilege. Centering critical race theory in the art histories of Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe, this panel will consider representations of race in the broadest of terms — including “white makings of whiteness,” in the words of Richard Dyer. We invite papers that together will explore the imagination and construction of a spectrum of racial and ethnic identities, as well as marginalization and privilege, in and through German, Scandinavian, and Central European art, architecture, and visual culture in any period. How have bodies been racialized through representation, and how might representations of spaces, places, and land — the rural or wilderness vs. the urban, for instance — also be critically analyzed in terms of race? Priority will be given to papers that consider the intersections of race with other forms of subjectivity and identity.

Please send 250-word proposals, a completed session participation proposal form, and a short academic CV to Allison Morehead (morehead@queensu.ca) by 14 August 2017. Please consult the guidelines at the end of the CAA Call for Participation (http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/call-for-participation.pdf) for further details.

This session is sponsored by the Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA). http://hgscea.org/

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