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Dear Friends & Colleagues,

We are thrilled to announce that EPCAF will have a strong presence at the 2011 Southeastern College Art Conference, which will take place from November 9th to 12th in Savannah, Georgia. This conference devoted to text and texture will be hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design.

There will first be two sessions on postwar European Art: “Without or Without C. Greenberg: Beyond Anglophone Art History,” organized by Stéphanie Jeanjean and Raffaele Bedarida, and “European Art and Philosophy since 1945” we are putting together.

There will also be an EPCAF meeting that would allow us to discuss the state and future of our project.

We encourage you to submit proposals. Please circulate the calls for papers listed below. You can also access them and all the others on the SECAC website:

We are still working on the bibliographies and lists of dissertations and continue to welcome your contributions. You can also send us any information you would like to share. For instance, you can send us abstracts of your publications, or summaries of events you are organizing or attended (exhibitions, conferences, lectures, etc.).

Very best wishes,

Catherine Dossin & Victoria H.F. Scott



With or Without C. Greenberg: Beyond Anglophone Art History

Post-World War II Anglo-American art criticism and history have been articulated around Clement

Greenberg’s Formalism and the reactions it provoked in the following decades. This has especially helped formulating concepts of Modernism in the 1950s and 60s and Post-Modernism in the 1970s and 80s as they have been applied to Western Art History. However, beyond the Anglophone world, Greenberg’s reception was neither immediate nor uniform. His influential collection of essays, Art and Culture, released in English in 1961, for example, became available much later or never in other languages – 1988 in French; 1991 in Italian; 2002 in Spanish, etc. The result was either a postponed reception of his oeuvre or a total disregard for his principles, which caused non-Greenbergian interpretations of post-war art movements such as Abstract Expressionism, and eventually brought to different formulations of Post-Modernism. We welcome proposals that, by studying the causes, modality, or consequences of this phenomenon, address the topic of the absence of Greenberg in the construction of Modernist and Post-modernist art historical narratives outside the Anglophone world. This might include examples beyond Europe and the Western world.

Stéphanie Jeanjean and Raffaele Bedarida, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York,,


European Art and Philosophy since 1945

As part of the 2011 SECAC Annual Conference devoted to text and texture, this panel proposes to consider parallel developments in European art and philosophy since 1945. We wish to examine the exchanges that took place between European thinkers and artists who were products of similar zeitgeist and often belonged to the same social and cultural circles. Our objective is to highlight the multiple ways their intellectual and artistic creations echoed and/or influenced one another. We believe that critical analyses of the direct interactions between postwar European artists and philosophers can lead to a more nuanced understanding of the artistic and philosophical landscape of the period and thereby advance both art history and philosophy.   We welcome presentations that address the dynamic relationships between European art and philosophy in all their varied aspects.
Papers might proceed along three axes of investigation: examination of European thinkers’ writings on European artists (i.e. Sartre writing on Wols, Eco on Morandi, Deleuze on Bacon, etc.); discussion of European artistic practices informed by European thinkers (i.e. Cobra and Gaston Bachelard, the Situationists and Walter Benjamin, Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner, Rachel Whiteread and Melanie Klein, etc.); and finally, propositions of heuristic correlations between European theories such as the Frankfurt School, Post-structuralism, or Relational Aesthetics with contemporary European visual arts.
Catherine Dossin and Victoria H.F. Scott, Purdue University (Dossin), Virginia Commonwealth University (Scott);,

Send a 200-word (maximum) proposal to the panel chairs using the form found on the SECAC website by April 20, 2011