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Dear Alles,

We hope that you are having a productive and lively term. Please find below the usual listings of CFPs, new book titles, exhibitions, and conferences.

We would also like to let you know that EPCAF will be hosting its annual meeting at the 2011 SECAC conference in Savannah November 9-12. This will be an opportunity to meet with current and prospective members, and to discuss some new and exciting projects. Even if you cannot attend the Savannah meeting please do not hesitate to share your ideas and suggestions with us.

In addition we will be chairing a panel titled, “European Art & Philosophy after 1945,” and Stéphanie Jeanjean and Raffaele Bedarida are chairing a panel provocatively titled: “With or Without Greenberg: Beyond Anglophone Art History” (for more information, please see below). So the European contingent will be in force.

Yours Sincerely,

Catherine Dossin & Victoria H.F. Scott



Festival de l’histoire de l’art 2e édition

Fontainebleau, 25-27 mai 2012

Deadline: Nov 2, 2011

Le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art et le Château de Fontainebleau s’associent pour proposer la deuxième édition du Festival de l’histoire de l’art. Conçu comme un carrefour des publics et des savoirs, ces trois journées offrent conférences, débats, concerts, expositions, projections, lectures et rencontres dans le château et dans plusieurs sites de la ville de Fontainebleau.

Le Festival explore chaque année un thème, en 2012 « voyages », et propose trois rendez-vous annuels : le Forum de l’histoire de l’art, rendez-vous de toute l’actualité du monde des arts ; le Salon du livre et des revues d’art et Art & Caméra, panorama et perspectives sur le film et l’art. Le Festival est aussi l’occasion de propositions pédagogiques pour l’enseignement de l’histoire des arts à l’école, à travers une Université de printemps et des ateliers pédagogiques proposés et soutenus par le Ministère de l’Éducation nationale.

L’ensemble des manifestations est placé sous le regard privilégié d’un pays invité : en 2012, l’Allemagne. Les interventions intégrant des recherches allemandes ou concernant en tout ou partie le domaine allemand seront les bienvenues.

L’appel à communication s’adresse à des chercheurs français et étrangers, de préférence francophones, confirmés ou débutants. Les propositions de jeunes chercheurs, conservateurs ou encore restaurateurs, seront examinées avec une attention particulière.


Academic Culture and International Relations – A Transatlantic Perspective

Amerika-Institut/ Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich

Deadline: November 11, 2011

More often than not national interests and political ideologies have compromised the integrity of the idealized ‘republic of letters’, still, academic culture continues to be perceived as an international, even transnational sphere. It, therefore, presents a unique space for the study of international relations at the intersection of culture, politics and diplomacy. The conference poses two guiding questions: In what ways has academic culture provided a framework for international politics and/or how and when did universities or scholars become themselves diplomatic agents?

Proposals (500-750 words) accompanied by a short CV may be sent to Charlotte Lerg ( the deadline being Nov.11, 2011. Notification of participation will be given before the end of the year.


Tenth Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars.

Deadline: Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware invites submissions for papers to be given at the Tenth Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars.

Object-based research has the potential to expand and even reinvent our understanding of culture and history. In honor of the tenth anniversary of the MCSES, we seek a broad range of papers from emerging material culture scholars. Whether exploring the latest theories, viewing existing material through a new lens, or reinterpreting standing historical conversations with an object-based focus, proposed papers should exemplify the possibilities in material culture research. In exploring these material matters, we hope to promote an interdisciplinary discussion on the state of material culture studies today.

More information can be found online:


Beyond Borders: The Impact of Cultural Exchange in Art History

The University of Cambridge Graduate Student Conference in History of Art, May 10-11, 2012

Deadline: December, 1 2011

The conference will address cross-cultural influences within thenvarious art disciplines over a far-reaching geographical and chronological spectrum. The aim of the conference is to provide, and promote, an interdisciplinary forum for scholars investigating issues that may include, but are not limited to Museum studies (ownership of art and repatriation issues); Artistic influences (appropriation of styles or motifs from other cultures); Topography, travel, exploration, colonization; To changing taste and collecting/patronage; Cross-cultural influences as expressed in various media.

Each presentation will be 20 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes reserved for questions and discussion. The sessions will be chaired by senior scholars within the University of Cambridge History of Art Department. We plan to pursue the possibility of publishing papers from the conference in a book of proceedings. Please email for further information regarding the conference, or to submit a 300-word abstract and a CV of maximum one page in length by the 1st of December 2011.


10th Annual LSE-GWU-UCSB Graduate Conference on the Cold War

London School of Economics, April, 19-21 2012

Deadline: December 15, 2011

ALA LHRT Research Forum – Intellectual Freedom and Libraries in America and Abroad : Historical Perspectives. The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association invites submissions of scholarly papers related to the history of intellectual freedom as evidenced in the concerns and actions of libraries, librarians, and library associations. Subjects may include historical studies of events, movements, individuals or groups (i.e. librarians, library associations, library educators, library supporters) pertaining to censorship, banned books, freedom of information, freedom to read, the Library Bill of Rights, and related topics.

For more information:


1st. International Congress for Young Researchers in the Humanities

Universitat Pompeu Fabra Campus Ciutadella, Barcelona, April 18 – 20, 2012

Deadline: December 31, 2011

Journal Forma, University Institute of Culture (IUC) and the Department of Humanities are hosting the 1st. INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS FOR YOUNG RESEARCHERS IN THE HUMANITIES, which will take place in April 2012 at the Campus Ciutadella in the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain). This event intents to set a space in which students and scholars starting their research in the Humanities will be able to contrast their results, methodologies and points of question.

The Scientific Board invites everyone who shares these academic interests to send their proposal in 250 words, and a CV of ca. 100 words, written in English or any Romanic language. Submissions will be received by December 30th 2011 and sent to the following mailbox:


The birth of art criticism Art History Supplement (Online Journal)

Deadline 25 November 2011.

This is an open call for papers for the fifth Art History Supplement (AHS) issue. The proposed theme, but not limited to, is “The birth of art criticism.”

What’s the difference between art history and art criticism? When did art criticism start as a practise, as a concept, as an academic field of studies? An answer could clearly be along with the art. More, almost every “country” (represented by art historians in this case) for almost the same any reasons could promote a starting point for (both art and) art criticism. What are these reasons and which starting point can be linked to a certain art historian, how and why?

AHS publishes material, dealing with all time periods and/or methodologies, media (incl. cinema, photography, music), techniques, debates within the field of art history. Contributions to AHS from any other science or discipline (humanitarian or not) corresponding to visual culture or representations of it are more than welcome. Refer to the new Art Histories Society website ( for more information



Utopia II: Russian Art and Culture 1930-89

The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, November 25 – 26, 2011

Following in the footsteps of the conference Utopia I: Russian Art and Culture in 1900-1930 – held at The Courtauld Institute of Art in May 2011 – UTOPIA II is designed as a chronological extension of the themes and topics raised by the notion of utopia as a specifically Russian construct. The period covered in the papers of the conference – from 1930s until 1989 – will span the final half-century of the Soviet regime. Intended as a broad interdisciplinary project, the conference will investigate Soviet notions of utopia and dystopia, through social, artistic, literary  and ideological intersections. Potential subjects to be examined in the context of Utopia in Russian art and culture include: philosophy, painting, architecture, town planning, theatre, music, literature, and cinema.


With or Without C. Greenberg: Beyond Anglophone Art History

Chairs: Raffaele Bedarida, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Stéphanie Jeanjean, The Graduate Center, CUNY

2011 SECAC Conference, Savannah, November 9-12, 2011

Adrian R. Duran, Memphis College of Art

The Same, Only Different: (Greenbergian?) Binarism in Post-War Italy

Catherine Dossin, Purdue University

Without Greenberg: The French Reception of Abstract Expressionism, 1948-1959

Davide Lacagnina, Università degli Studi di Siena

A Transatlantic Smash: Joan Miró Between Clement Greenberg (1948) and Juan-Eduardo Cirlot (1949)

Raffaele Bedarida, The Graduate Center, CUNY

The Politics of Italian Kitsch in the 1960s

Riccardo Venturi, George Washington University

Minimalia as a Threat to Modernism. On the Absence of Greenberg in Italian Post-War Debate


European Art and Philosophy since 1945

Chairs: Catherine Dossin, Purdue University; Victoria H. F. Scott, Emory University

2011 SECAC Conference, Savannah, November 9-12, 2011

Emmanuel Guy, Université Paris 13 & 10/Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Dépassement de l’art, Réalisation de la Philosophie: Guy Debord and the Revolution of Everyday Life

Rosemary OʼNeill, Parsons The New School for Design

Claude Viallat and Marcelin Pleynet: Thinking About Painting as a System and Site

Laura Moure Cecchini, Duke University

Vincenzo Agnetti and the Italian Response to Consumer Society: “Zeroing” as Aesthetic Alienation

Ruth Erickson, University of Pennsylvania/Centre Georges Pompidou

Social Theory/Social Practice: The Sociological Art Collective in 1970s France

Paula Carabell, Florida Atlantic University

Thomas Struthʼs Unconscious Places

Arnaud Gerspacher, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Grace Notes: Artur Żmijewski’s Singing Lesson



The Indiscipline of Painting is an international group exhibition including works by forty-nine artists from the 1960s to now. Selected by British painter Daniel Sturgis, it considers how the languages of abstraction have remained urgent, relevant and critical as they have been revisited and reinvented by subsequent generations of artists over the last 50 years. It goes on to demonstrate the way in which the history and legacy of abstract painting continues to inspire artists working today.



Clement Greenberg. L’avventura del modernism.

A cura di Giuseppe Di Salvatore – Luigi Fassi

Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) è unanimemente riconosciuto come il più autorevole critico d’arte americano del XX secolo. La sua attività critica ha inizio nel 1939 con il celebre articolo Avangard and Kitsch, pubblicato in Partisan Review, nel quale Greenberg delinea il percorso innovativo del suo pensiero, incentrato su una riformulazione del Modernismo storico e, al contempo, sull’entusiastico accoglimento dell’Espressionismo astratto newyorkese.


Guerra, monumenti, ricostruzione Architetture e centri storici italiani nel secondo conflitto mondiale.

A cura di Lorenzo De Stefani, Carlotta Coccoli

Il volume raccoglie gli esiti della ricerca PRIN finanziata dal Ministero dell’Università e della ricerca scientifica Danni bellici e restauro. Opere di difesa, pratiche d’intervento edilizio e urbano nel secondo dopoguerra che ha visto il contributo di docenti universitari e studiosi in collaborazione tra le Facoltà di Architettura e società (Politecnico di Milano), Facoltà di Architettura (Università degli studi di Napoli “Federico II”), Facoltà di Ingegneria (Università degli studi di Brescia), Facoltà di Architettura (Politecnico di Torino), Facoltà di Architettura (Università Iuav di Venezia). In oltre cinquanta saggi sono affrontate le questioni relative all’impostazione teorica in tema di restauro architettonico alla data del conflitto e la loro evoluzione a fronte delle vicende belliche e dell’entità dei danni, sulla scorta della disamina della pubblicistica di settore (in particolare mediante un capillare spoglio dei contributi apparsi su riviste e periodici) non mancando di approfondire le ricadute imposte dalla complessiva politica economica adottata nella ricostruzione postbellica.