Call for Papers: Just Looking? Art, pedagogy & the object lesson in the long 19th century
Session at the Association for Art History Annual Conference. London, 5-7 April 2018
This session aims to examine the history of the object lesson – a pedagogical approach that relies on first-hand engagement with artefacts and phenomena – by inviting contributions that investigate its ‘messy’ instances. The growth of both general and artistic education in the 19th century saw the methodology of learning through things expand into new media, with images increasingly used as learning aids. Teaching activities of artists and historians led to the introduction of object lessons into artistic practices and art historical writing, and in some instances, artworks themselves became object lessons. How can we understand 19th-century object lessons in view of this growing complexity? And what are the implications for our conceptualisation of vision, which indeed ‘has a history’?
The ongoing scholarly interest in the history of education and growing attention to popular forms of art history resonate with the concerns of this session. Paper proposals are invited from a range of disciplines including but not limited to the history of art.
Please submit abstracts of 250 words maximum for 25-minute papers to both session conveners by email, including your name, institutional affiliation (if any), and the title of your proposed talk. The deadline is 6 November 2017. The session conveners will respond to successful applicants by 17 November 2017.
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