Call for Proposals: 2017-2018 European Art Seminar at the Newberry Library

The Newberry Library’s European Art Seminar is accepting proposals for 2017-18 seminars until June 1, 2017. Focused on the history of European art, from its origins through the nineteenth century, this seminar provides a forum for presenting current research, as well as a venue to bring together a diverse community of art historians for intellectual exchange, collegial conversation, and debate.

Papers are invited that cross and challenge borders both within and outside the discipline; engage questions of methodology and ideology; examine dynamics between form and content; probe the categories of race, ethnicity, status, and gender; and reflect critically on the state and outlook of the field. Papers are precirculated, enabling the seminar to be devoted to discussion.

The European Art seminar will meet on the following dates during the 2017-2018 academic year: 

  • October 6, 2017 
  • December 8, 2017
  • February 9, 2018
  • April 20, 2018

Also, during 2017-2018, the Newberry will offer numerous programs connected to a major project, “Religious Change, 1450-1700,” and will be planning a major project for 2019-2020 focused on the American Midwest. Proposals related to either of these projects would be most welcome.

Papers that draw upon the Newberry collection are encouraged. In addition to a classroom seminar format, presenters may request a hands-on workshop with original materials from the collection; please indicate interest in this option in your proposal.

To submit a proposal, visit the Newberry’s webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Scholars whose papers are selected may apply for a travel subsidy of up to $450. The Newberry is unable to provide additional funds for travel or lodging, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations.

For further information, please visit the Newberry website or contact Mary N. Kennedy at the Newberry.

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