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Panel Discussion: On Repatriation
EXPO CHGO PROGRAM: Partner Programs
March 1, 2021 1:00 pm CST

Claudia Peña Salinas
Gala Porras-Kim
Patty Gerstenblith
Morag M. Kersel
Ionit Behar

Ionit Behar organized a panel on repatriation with two artists and two scholars, and it is happening this Monday March 1st at 1 pm. Let us join the discussion and support Ionit in this extraordinary panel. 

This panel “On Repatriation” is in conjunction with Claudia Peña Salinas’ Quetzalli, a site-specific installation at DePaul Art Museum that centers on the Aztec headdress, Penacho de Moctezuma, an object that has become a symbol of national identity for both Mexico and Austria. Quetzalli highlights the issues around the provenance of ancient artifacts and the role museums play in formulating cultural identities. Peña Salinas is joined by artist Gala Porras-Kim, who is featured in DPAM’s current LatinXAmerican exhibition and has treated “symbolic repatriations” through deep research in various museums. Prof. Patty Gerstenblith is a Professor of Law at DePaul University and Director of its Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law, and Prof. Morag Kersel is an Archaeologist and DePaul’s director of the Museum Studies Minor. Both Gerstenblith and Kersel have lectured widely on the protection of antiquities and cultural heritage.

Our colleague Shiben Banerji is inviting us for this extraordinary panel on Decolonizing Art History with James Elkins, participating in a public conversation with SAIC's recent alum Brian Leahy. They will be discussing challenges that arise when teaching and translating concepts in art and design using English.

As is SAIC Art History's custom, they meet online at Noon on Thursday, the 4th of March. They are inviting us to join and ask lots of tough questions.

Meeting ID: 836 6046 9735
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Fellowships and Awards

U.S. Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship [link]

The DDRA provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of their study in the U.S. A research project must absolutely focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). Awards are between $15,000 and $60,000.

Deadline: March 19, 2021


ArtTable Fellowship [link]

Since 2000, the ArtTable Fellowship program addresses the marked lack of diversity in arts employment. The objective is to provide quality real work experiences and mentorship for female identifying graduate/pre/post-doc students and emerging professionals from diverse cultural/racial/ethnic/socio-economic backgrounds generally underrepresented in the field to aid their transition from academic to professional careers in the visual arts, including but not limited to: curatorial, education, public programming, archival research and collections management. Through one-on-one mentoring relationships with ArtTable members, every year, a selected number of fellows have the opportunity to work with an established leader in the field and gain exposure to a range of professional activities at first-class cultural institutions throughout a five - eight week period during the summer. Each fellow will be connected with an ArtTable 'mentor' for the duration of their fellowship and be welcome to attend ArtTable programs in their area.

Deadline: March 21, 2021


Women Writing Architecture at ETH Zurich [link]

Applications are invited for a doctoral fellowship within the ERC-funded project ‘Women Writing Architecture: Female Experiences of the Built 1700-1900’ (WoWA), led by Dr Anne Hultzsch. The project examines how women perceived and described architecture and the city in the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe and Latin America.The doctoral fellow will work closely with both the PI and the Postdoc on the project, contribute to organising events and joint publications as well as building the project database, the WoWA Atlas, besides working on his/her own individual project focusing on German-speaking Europe. Candidates should propose an individual project which explores how female authors reflected on the nation building occurring in German architectural discourse of the period.

Deadline: March 31, 2021


NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication [link]

Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be considered under this opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be integral to the project’s research goals.  That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication.  Competitive submissions embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. The maximum award amount is $5000 per month for 6-12 months.

Deadline: April 28, 2021


University of Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships [link]

Applications are invited for postdoctoral bursaries from candidates in any area of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. We would particularly welcome applications linked to the themes of the new Institute Project on Decoloniality (IPD'24) taking place at IASH from 2021 to 2024. This project invites scholars from around the world to visit Edinburgh and conduct research on the theme of decoloniality, broadly understood. We and our partners warmly encourage applications exploring issues including but not limited to: decolonising the curriculum; anticolonial and decolonial theory; neo-colonialism; intellectuals in and from the Global South; intersectionality and multiple inequalities; decolonising gender and sexuality; race and racialisation; de-centering Western feminist knowledge production; Scotland’s role in the British Empire; reparations; the University of Edinburgh’s colonial legacy and alumni roles in the slave trade; and the histories of Edinburgh graduates and staff of colour. It is important to note that we still welcome applications on all topics and in all areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences to continue IASH’s traditional interdisciplinary work across the 12 CAHSS schools, alongside IPD’24.

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Conferences, Calls for Papers

Research Seminar Programme for Early Career Researchers into Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Cities as Places of Artistic Interchange [link]

The School of Arts at SOAS University of London is pleased to announce the launch of a new research seminar programme for young and early career researchers in the art and archaeology of the medieval eastern Mediterranean, supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative. Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Cities as Places of Artistic Interchange is an online seminar programme for emerging academics which focuses on the role played by cities in the medieval eastern Mediterranean, from the 12th to the 14th centuries CE, in the production, consumption, transformation and understanding of works of art and architecture. Applicants must be able to commit to attend all eight research seminars and if necessary be able to provide written evidence they have permission to do so from authorities such as employers or educational institutions to which the candidate is affiliated.

Deadline: March 8, 2021


Ars Longa no. 1: Plague, Politics, and Portents [link]

Ars Longa is a new, independent online journal and blog dedicated to Early Modern art and visual/material culture. Long-form, research-oriented work should be submitted to our journal, which will be published twice a year. Each issue will be centered around a particular theme. The theme of our inaugural issue, "Plague, politics and portents", addresses our current reality, living in a time marked by a pandemic as well as by political and economic instability. For our inaugural issue, we welcome submissions related—but not limited—to the following topics: epidemics, plagues, and sickness; prophesies, omens and portents; marvels, wonders, and prodigies; eschatology; flood, famine, and other natural disasters; memento mori, memorials, and mourning; political upheaval, uprisings, revolts, and war.

Deadline: March 15, 2021


Visual Contagions through the Lens of New Media [link]

This symposium will look at the various dynamics at play in the circulation of images, the phenomena of transmission of visual content and diffusion of epidemic nature, following three axes: video-game apparatuses, Internet culture, and digital arts. We welcome problematics with an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing the tools from art history, cultural and visual studies, media studies, and aesthetics. Geographical and socio-political aspects of visual contagions in the era of new media will be appreciated topics also. This symposium is part of the VISUAL CONTAGIONS project, affiliated with the chair for Digital Humanities at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and kindly funded by the National Swiss Fund for Research.

Deadline: April 15, 2021


Inmaterial vol. 6, no. 11: Design Research. Practices and Forms [link]

This new issue of Inmaterial. Diseño, Arte y Sociedad, wants to open up the territory to those contemporary forms and practices that are happening and developing within the frames of academic institutions, giving space and voice to the wider methodological, formal, and technical aspects involving design and art research.  We welcome papers involving different outlooks coming from different disciplinary boundaries exposing their individual or collective researches, and critical engagement with a particular perspective within the frames of contemporary design research.   

Deadline: April 30, 2021


International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, Vol. 15. Futurist Primitivism: Between the Folk, the Naïve and the Exotic [link]

Since its inception in 2011, the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies has published articles on Futurism and its influence in Italy, Russia and beyond. We are currently seeking proposals for essays that consider Futurism’s engagement with Modernist Primitivism before and after World War I.This volume of the International Yearbook of Futurism Studies seeks to explore Futurist Primitivism as a broad phenomenon, an anti-classical impulse that questioned modernity while proposing new ways of building local, regional, national and individual aesthetics and identities.

Deadline: May 15, 2021

Postdocs and Jobs

German Documentation Center for Art History - Photo Archivist [link]

At the German Documentation Center for Art History - Photo Archive Photo Marburg (DDK), the permanent part-time position (50% of regular working hours) is to be filled by an employee as soon as possible. The task of the German Documentation Center for Art History - Photo Archive Photo Marburg includes, in addition to the collection, indexing and mediation of photographs on architecture and art, research into the history, practice and theory of the transmission of visual cultural assets.

Deadline: March 19, 2021


Sarah Lawrence College Modern and Contemporary Art History Part Time Guest Faculty [link]

Sarah Lawrence College invites applications for one guest faculty position in Modern and Contemporary Art History for the 2021-22 academic year. The position is a 2/1 and the candidate will teach one year-long lecture course in global histories of modern and contemporary art, and one seminar in the fall. We seek a specialist of any subfield or region within the field of Modern and Contemporary Art History whose teaching will explore diverse perspectives, methodologies, and geographies, such as modern and contemporary art of Africa and the African Diaspora or the Middle East, global histories of photography, or Indigenous contemporary art.

Deadline: April 1, 2021


'Normativity, Critique, Change', Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin [link]

The new Research Training Group 2638 “Normativity, Critique, Change” will start its work in October 2021 and is calling for applications to fill 14 doctoral positions (TVL-13 65%, for 3 years) and 2 postdoc positions (TVL-13 100%, for 4.5 years). The RTG 2638 is dedicated to questions on the nexus of normativity, critique, and change from an interdisciplinary perspective. To launch the call for applications, we invite interested candidates for doctoral and postdoc positions to the informational online event on 15 March from 2pm to 5pm (CET).

Deadline: May 3, 2021


The New School Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship/Assistant Professor in Black Visual Culture [link]

Parsons School of Design seeks a faculty member to begin as a postdoctoral scholar for two years, followed by appointment to a position as Assistant Professor (tenure-track). The expected start date is July 1, 2021. Parsons School of Design, a college of The New School, seeks a scholar whose work centers on the history, production, interpretation, and reception of images-in all the senses of this word-created by and about the African diaspora. We are especially interested in deeply interdisciplinary scholars who interrogate relationships of race and culture, the representation of race, and constructions of Blackness. The successful candidate will critically examine visual culture and the African diaspora in a potential range of global, national, and/or transnational contexts. We invite a broad interpretation of visual culture including art history and extending (but not restricted) to such fields as fashion, interior design, graphic or communication design, product design, curatorial and museum studies, architecture, performance and multi-media work.

Deadline: Open Application


Stanford University Curator of the European Collection [link]

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University is seeking a knowledgeable, dynamic, innovative, and service oriented professional for the full-time Academic Staff (Career Track) position of Curator of the European Collection. Under the direction of the Director of the Hoover Library & Archives, the Curator of the European Collection develops and pursues acquisition opportunities, formulates policies, and plans programs for the European Collection, and participates in related activities as described below. The geopolitical focus is on collections aligned with our mission from the former Eastern Europe (excluding the former Soviet Union) the Baltic States, and on collections related to those regions elsewhere in the world.

Deadline: Open Application

Poem of the Week

Some Advice to Those Who Will Serve Time in Prison
Nazim Hikmet - 1902-1963
If instead of being hanged by the neck
    you’re thrown inside
    for not giving up hope
in the world, your country, and people,
    if you do ten or fifteen years
    apart from the time you have left,
you won’t say,
        “Better I had swung from the end of a rope
                        like a flag”—
you’ll put your foot down and live.
It may not be a pleasure exactly,
but it’s your solemn duty
    to live one more day
            to spite the enemy.
Part of you may live alone inside,
        like a stone at the bottom of a well.
But the other part
    must be so caught up
    in the flurry of the world
             that you shiver there inside
     when outside, at forty days’ distance, a leaf moves.
To wait for letters inside,
to sing sad songs,
or to lie awake all night staring at the ceiling
                              is sweet but dangerous.
Look at your face from shave to shave,
forget your age,
watch out for lice
                       and for spring nights,
       and always remember
              to eat every last piece of bread—
also, don’t forget to laugh heartily.
And who knows,
the woman you love may stop loving you.
Don’t say it’s no big thing:
it’s like the snapping of a green branch
                                             to the man inside.
To think of roses and gardens inside is bad,
to think of seas and mountains is good.
Read and write without rest,
and I also advise weaving
and making mirrors.
I mean, it’s not that you can’t pass
        ten or fifteen years inside
                                       and more—
               you can,
               as long as the jewel
               on the left side of your chest doesn’t lose its luster!

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