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Call for Papers: AHAA Sponsored Session at CAA 2020 in Chicago

Wednesday, April 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Richmond-Moll
Call for Papers: AHAA sponsored session at CAA 2020 Annual Conference
February 12-15, 2020
Chicago, IL

As an affiliated society of the College Art Association (CAA), the Association of Historians of American Art (AHAA) sponsors a session at the CAA Annual Conference. AHAA seeks to include new voices, and we encourage younger scholars to make submissions.

Votes for Women: American Women Artists and Strategies for Inclusion

On the one-hundredth anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, this session examines the place of women artists in inclusive histories of American art. It aims to reevaluate the various strategies that we as scholars, academics, and curators have employed to expand the canon, alter existing narratives, and conceive new structures for understanding who matters and why in the field. The separatist approach—telling women’s histories—has long fomented debate over whether such work is essential or essentializing. Moreover, separatist and recuperative discourses have often served to further marginalize women artists of color. As a corrective, recent scholarly studies on an underrepresented “sisterhood” of artists have modeled inclusive visions of historical American art, giving due consideration to individuals, communities, and the various contexts—political, racial, economic, and cultural—that shaped female artists’ practices and the reception of their works. Other projects have shifted or disrupted accepted narratives so that women artists regain their integral roles. This session seeks papers that examine the defining contributions of women artists in inclusive histories of American art. Papers that address the relationship between historical and ongoing mechanisms of exclusion, and that consider practical questions—such as how we write scholarship, frame exhibitions, make museum acquisitions, and teach courses—through the lens of a particular artist or case study are encouraged. AHAA seeks to include diverse perspectives and voices and we invite paper topics that explore underrepresented artists.

About the Chair:
Annelise K. Madsen is Gilda and Henry Buchbinder Assistant Curator of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She specializes in U.S. painting, sculpture, and visual culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She has written on Gilded Age and Progressive Era mural painting, American pageantry and the woman suffrage movement, and photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston. Her recent exhibitions include America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s (2016–17) and John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age (2018).

Please submit your 250-word abstract with a title and a brief (2-3-page) CV directly to Annelise Madsen at by July 23, 2019. Presenters will be notified by August 6, 2019. Please note: panelists of AHAA-sponsored sessions must be current members of AHAA and CAA.