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"Talk Back" to Panorama (Deadline: June 1, 2020)

Thursday, April 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Torbert

We will be publishing reader responses to our current Bully Pulpit in our June issue

We know the world is ever-changing right now and you likely have lots on your plate, but don't forget that Panorama is seeking reader feedback on our Bully Pulpit: "Isn't it Time for Art History to Go Public?"  We want to hear from you!

In our fall 2019 issue, contributors Sarah BeethamRenée AterTheresa Leininger-MillerAmy WerbelLa Tanya Autry, and Mike Murawski offered their thoughts and personal experiences on public scholarship, and we'd love to hear yours as well. Guest editor Laura M. Holzman writes, "What are your experiences with public engagement in art history? Why have you embraced or avoided public scholarship? How do the ideas and examples in these essays sit with you?"

This pandemic is, perhaps, encouraging many of us to rethink the false divide between our public and private selves, between our family and work lives. We have had to (collectively) dismantle the boundaries between the city and the classroom, the home and office, the ivory tower and the white cube of the museum. We may find ourselves trying to care for children, elders, neighbors, or friends; participating in myriad zoom meetings (I think many of us have experienced our own version of Professor Robert Kelly's BBC interviewrecently); migrating exhibitions or classes online; recording videos in our PJs—shh, don't tell!; or delving into the world of open source, public access, digital resources for ARTH-SoTL (for the uninitiated, Art History Scholarship of Teaching and Learning). Such experiences are pushing many of us to embrace new, digital technologies in our teaching and curation, to work outside of our comfort zones, and to consider ourselves as, maybe, more public, and even more connected to one another (albeit with a mask and kept at a six-foot distance). We may also notice that some students or museum audiences have become disconnected and further marginalized by the digital divide, rising unemployment, illness, or lack of access to health care. So, all that being said: what does public scholarship mean to you, as an art historian, in this moment?

Please email your text-only, publication-ready submissions to with the subject line “Bully Pulpit: Public Scholarship.” Submissions should be under 500 words. The deadline is June 1, 2020, as we plan to include your responses in the spring 2020 issue of Panorama!

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