University of Delaware
DEADLINE: June 8, 2018
With the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Department of Art History and
the Winterthur Program of American Material Culture, University of Delaware will host a two-day
International Graduate Student workshop on October 11 and 12, 2018. This workshop is part of the
project “In Search of Global Impact of Asian Aesthetics on American Art and Material Culture” which
will conclude with an international symposium of 26 museum curators and academics
We invite graduate students from all regions of the world to submit a short abstract of a dissertation
in progress or a project that reflect on the project’s theme. To apply, send a short abstract written in
English (300-500 words) and a 2-page CV to: “email@example.com” by June 8, 2018.
Financial assistance for both international and domestic travels is available for successful applicants,
and all lodging and meals are paid for with the generous support of the Terra Foundation for
American Art, the Office of Professional and Graduate Studies and the Center of Material Culture of
the University of Delaware, together with Unidel Foundation and the National Endowment for the
We strongly encourage proposals that consider the flow of global aesthetics beyond the circulation of
objects, as well as those that examine “Asia” and “North America” as discursive structures or cultural
constructs in connection with other world regions such as Africa, Europe, South America, among others.
The proposal should also: 1) redefines the canon of art history, with a focus on the multidirectional
impact of Asian aesthetics on American art and material culture, and/or 2) proposes new interpretations
of the transcultural and transhistorical flow of aesthetics that not only redefine the geocultural
boundaries of Asia and North America, but also rethink methodological formations of aesthetic
emergence. In sum: How do design ideas, patterns, and aesthetics travel across the globe, even when
objects do not?
Applicants will be notified of decisions by July 8, 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to submit, in
September of 2018, a dissertation chapter or excerpt, or paper to be pre-circulated and read before the
workshop. Official respondents are: Partha Mitter (Sussex, emeritus), Dorothy Ko (Barnard/Columbia),
Lee Glazer (Freer/Sackler Galleries), Marco Musillo (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz), with the Terra
Foundation’s guest critics: Zhang Gan and Chen Anying (Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua, Beijing),
in addition to the faculty advisors from the Department of Art History and the Winterthur Program of
the University of Delaware.