asecs thread

Since I’m starting to get announcements and queries, I thought I’d open up this thread about ASECS as we continue our discussion of Warner, Siskin, and cultural studies.  Please post any announcements etc. regarding ASECS here, in our comments.




4 responses to “asecs thread

  1. [posted on behalf of Freya Gowrley–DM]

    Hi there, I was wondering if you would be interested in the following session, which is part of the Association of Art Historians’ Annual Conference 2012:

    Conflicting Art Histories: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism

    Session Convenors:

    Freya Gowrley, University of Edinburgh,

    Viccy Coltman, University of Edinburgh,

    William Hogarth’s traditional position as the stalwart of English nationalism in the arts was drastically re-evaluated in 2007 with the publication of Robin Simon’s Hogarth, France & British Art. Published to coincide with the Tate’s major Hogarth exhibition of 2007, Simon’s text situates Hogarth, a renowned anglophile, within a firmly European context of artistic theory and practice. How does the idea that Hogarth gleefully propagated his anti-Gallic public image, but was in fact greatly indebted to French art and theory, affect our understanding of apparently critical eighteenth-century works of art such as his Marriage-à-la- Mode (c. 1743)?

    While historians Linda Colley and Gerald Newman prioritised national identity as an evaluative tool for the examination of aspects of eighteenth-century British culture, is it appropriate to apply this label to broad cultural manifestations, notably the consumptive behavioural patterns of the aristocracy and the middling classes alike? This session will consider this intriguing dichotomy of eighteenth-century British art – the underwritten and unresolved conflict between nationalism and cosmopolitanism – and its relation to the artistic practice, material culture and intellectual history of the period.

    Topics for discussion could include, but are not limited to:
    – artistic response to the luxury debates
    – landscape and nation
    – the connoisseur and the Grand Tour
    – the usefulness of labels (exotic, chinoiserie, rococo)
    – the reception of Italy
    – the creation of a British national school
    – consumption & the meaning of goods
    – the local and the global/the provincial and the metropolitan
    – the issue of -isms (Englishness, Britishness, Scottishness)

    If you are interested, I wonder if you would consider including it as a post on your blog. Many Thanks, Freya

  2. Laura Rosenthal

    Cultural Studies Panel:

    Cultural Studies has long had a strong relationship with ideological analysis. Has this changed in the last 15 years? Is Cultural Studies losing its ties to political critique? Should it? Have ideological commitments changed within the discipline? In this roundtable, speaks will address various issues about the ideological directions of scholarly and critical work historically and at the present time. All viewpoints and disciplinary perspectives welcome.

  3. Laura Rosenthal

    Attention graduate students:

    Please submit your work to the graduate student panel. The new format innovated last year was successful and engaging. This year’s topic:

    “After Exoticism”

    The last twenty years have seen considerable interest in European global ambitions, as expressed in literature, art, history, etc. Scholars have become acutely aware of the ways in which representations of the “other” have helped advance the acceptance of imperial violence through orientalist, exoticism, and racialist expressions. Is there, however, an even richer story yet to be told? Some very recent work, for example, has suggested that Britain’s own self-representations need to be reconsidered in light of the well-document power of China and the Ottoman Empire. Others have proposed ways in which literature and other forms of artistic production raise questions about, rather than reinforce imperialist impulses. For this panel, proposals should address some aspect of this conflict and engage new ways of thinking about the exotic and exoticism in this period. We welcome proposals from graduate students in any of the multiple disciplines that ASECS encompasses.

  4. Laura Rosenthal

    PS The title of the Cultural Studies panel is “Ideologically Adrift.” Please send me an abstract for either panel: