Upcoming PAA at CAA

Call for participation at 2015 conference, February 11-14

PAA members may be interested in putting forward papers for the following sessions which have Pacific connections. You need to be a member of CAA in order to participate. Requirements:  1-2 page abstract; letter explaining speaker’s interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA membership status, cv and completed session participation proposal form.

This session examines postcolonialism in the context of museum practice. It seeks papers that engage the following questions from particularized viewpoints: How have art mu- seums and galleries in post-colonies reengaged art history through collections, exhibitions, and programming to effect expanded narratives and alternative historical viewpoints, impact insider/outsider binaries, and instigate possible reas- sessments of value? Have museum policies and practices shifted in response to questions of canonization? How have postcolonial institutions attended to the expectations and demands of their constituencies and the evolution of these demands as the temporal distance from the event that may have officially, though possibly artificially, marked the onset of postcoloniality increased, such as independence, revolu- tion, and so forth? Papers addressing practices of formal or informal art institutions in global post-colonies including the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, but also institutions in former colonial centers that have been attentive to and in some cases transformed by the imperatives of a postcolonial vision, are welcome.

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Fashion and the Contemporary Avant-Garde
Charlene K. Lau, York University, cklau@yorku.ca
In the words of the critic and art historian Hal Foster, there is a “need for new narratives” in the history of the avant-garde. This session provides a platform for fashion within theoreti- cal discussions of the contemporary vanguard and posits that fashion is one such genealogy of the avant-garde. However, the term “avant-garde” has become a catchall in fashion discourse for conceptual, experimental, or intel- lectual practices. A more critically rigorous definition of the avant-garde in fashion is needed for these new narratives to be possible, one which (re)draws the connections between the vanguard and its social and political aims. In this vein, papers from across disciplines are welcome, proposing top- ics including but not limited to art and fashion, curatorial studies, display culture, performance and theater studies, popular culture, and wearable technology. Art and design historians, artists, critics, curators, and designers are invited to apply.   

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Open Session
Indigeneity and Contemporary Art
Kate Morris, Santa Clara University, klmorris@scu.edu

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Global Perspectives on the Museum
Elizabeth Rodini, Johns Hopkins University, erodini@jhu.edu
The emergence of the museum as part of Western national- ist, colonial, and Enlightenment philosophies and practices is well documented. Less familiar are the forms this institu- tion took as it was adopted outside the West, in collabora- tion with a dominant external power or independently. This session invites speakers to consider forms of collecting, preservation, and display that have developed beyond Europe and Euro-America, intersecting with Western mu- seum models and/or taking on distinct regional forms. It interprets “museum” broadly to include a range of contexts in which artifacts have been put on view and made the sub- ject of interpretation. Papers might, for example, investigate indigenous approaches to curation and display; installations expressive of local or political identity; changes to historic museums in the postcolonial era; the global frame of “global art history”; or the impact of culturally distinct attitudes toward materiality, preservation, and the past on traditional galleries. Individual cases, regional types, and comparative studies are all of interest, including historical and more recent material.  

The entire Call for Participation is linked below as well as a sample of possible sessions. 

The Pacific Arts Association is an Affiliated Society of the College Art Association, a professional organization whose members are committed to excellence in the practice, teaching, and research of and about art, art history, and related disciplines. In February 2015, CAA will hold its annual conference in New York and invites paper submissions for consideration. While there is not a PAA-sponsored session in 2015, many members have interdisciplinary interests and research projects and may find a session of interest. 

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