New Scholarship in British Art History

Miranda  Elston's picture
Call for Papers
September 15, 2016
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, British History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies


“New Scholarship in British Art History: Discoveries at the NCMA”

A two-day symposium, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, hosted alongside the upcoming exhibition “History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA British Collection.”

Date: Friday, January 27th & Saturday, January 28th, 2017. 

The question of what makes the British Isles “British” is particularly relevant given recent political events, such as the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Using the North Carolina Museum of Art’s British collections as inspiration, this New Scholars Conference explores the ways in which we can examine "English" and "British" works of art. Particularly, this topic raises questions about the ways Britain can be viewed, either as inward looking and/or in dialogue with the wider world.

We encourage topics ranging from traditional categories of British art, such as portraiture, to new investigations into the mobility of artists and styles, as well as issues of race, class, and gender. The aim of this conference is to explore how innovative scholarship and new narratives can help expand the larger discipline of British studies. This conference is intended for graduate students, recent doctoral graduates, and post-doctoral scholars. We strongly suggest that speakers consider their papers in relation to the British collections at the NCMA, whose works of art range from 1580-1850. 

We invite 20-minute papers on topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • English Portraiture
  • Britain's Relationship to the World
  • Post-Reformation Effects on the Arts
  • Influence of Sir Joshua Reynolds
  • British Notions of Territory
  • Architecture in the English Context
  • Race, Gender, & Class in Art
  • Formation of the British Academy
  • The Immigrant Artist
  • The British Family in Art
  • Foreign Influences in British Art
  • Imagery of Travel and Exchange

Deadline: September 15the, 2016 (Speakers will be informed via email by October 1st, 2016)

Please send an abstract (250 words) and a CV to Miranda Elston (, with the email heading “NCMA New Scholarship in British Art History” and your Name, Affiliated Institution, and Paper Title in the email.

Explore our website ( for more information about the conference, the North Carolina Museum of Art’s British collections, and the upcoming installation of “History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA British Collection.”




Contact Info: 

Miranda Elston:

Contact Email: