CFP: Association of Print Scholars-Sponsored Session "The Graphic Conscience" at the 2021 College Art Association Annual Conference (February 10-13, 2021)

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Dear colleagues,

Hope this message finds each of you well -- or, at least, as well as one can be these days. 
While the logistics of the CAA conference are still to be determined, the CFPs is now open! I'm charing the session "The Graphic Conscience" for The Association of Print Scholars (, and I'd love to see papers representing a wide geographic and temporal range.
For consideration, please, submit a completed form (via the link; inclusive of abstract), a CV (max. 2 pages), and, if applicable, documentation (max. 5 images) to me at by September 16, 2020
The form, these directives, and additional guidelines are provided by CAA here. Additional FAQs can be found here
Stay well and good luck,
Ksenia Nouril, PhD
Jensen Bryan Curator
The Print Center, Philadelphia
@kaysenyah // @theprintcenter
The Graphic Conscience
Affiliated Society or Committee Name: Association of Print Scholars 
Ksenia Nouril, The Print Center 
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The Graphic Conscience” calls for papers addressing transhistorical and transnational case studies of print as a tool for raising public consciousness. This session critically considers the ethics of print, inherent in the medium’s daily use-value beyond its function as a rarified fine-art object in a museum. Democratic in nature, print communicates through text and/or image as well as through its multiplicity. In considering the “graphic conscience” – or the social responsibility – of print, this session will celebrate the medium’s impacts on everyday life. The framework for this session responds to the thesis of the 2011 publication Philagrafika: The Graphic Unconscious, which reflected on the formal characteristics of print and argued for its assimilation within art at large. Papers can address a wide range of art historical as well as visual and material culture examples, including but not limited to Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses of 1517; the seventeenth century etchings of Jacques Callot’s Les Grandes Misères de la guerre; the didactic agitprop of Taller de Gráfica Popular in late 1930s Mexico; and the commercially-produced postcards mailed to Americans by the Centers for Disease Control in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Prints of all techniques – from Renaissance woodblocks to contemporary risograph zines – are eligible. Papers engaging post-colonial critique and/or topics from outside North America and Europe are strongly encouraged. Practice-based papers by artists, giving us a perspective from inside the studio or printshop, are particularly welcomed.