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 (http://sites.udel.edu/globalaestheticasiaamerica/)
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 Humanities.
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.