CAA CFP: What is American? Exploring Iberian Contact Zones in the “New World”

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Call for Papers
August 6, 2018
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Canadian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies

Dear colleagues,
Please consider submitting a proposal to the CAA session: What is American? Exploring Iberian Contact Zones in the “New World.” The CAA 107th annual conference will be held in New York, Feb 13-16, 2019. The deadline for proposals is August 6, 2018. For more information and info on how to submit a proposal, visit:

Thank you -
best, Naomi Slipp

What is American? Exploring Iberian Contact Zones in the “New World”
Chair: Naomi Hood Slipp - Auburn University at Montgomery
Chair: Mark Anthony Castro

Increasing scholarship has focused attention on the ways in which Iberian colonialization and trade in Latin America, South America, and Asia shaped works of art and material culture, thereby establishing a Spanish and Portuguese syncretic or hybridized aesthetic. In addition, the influence of Catholicism produced unique visual objects that were both indigenous and Iberian. In contrast, less work has been done to consider how Iberian exploration and colonization of North America – specifically the territories of present-day Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean – affected the arts and culture of those regions. This panel identifies these spaces as “contact zones,” which Mary Louise Pratt defines as “Social Spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths.”[1] We therefore seek papers on works of art, architecture, or material and visual culture, that will illuminate the histories of Spanish and Portuguese colonialization in these territories, chart encounters between Iberian explorers, settlers, and indigenous residents, or consider trade networks with other colonial powers. We are particularly interested in projects that highlight a multiplicity of cultural viewpoints, such as those that consider encounters between indigenous communities and multiple colonial powers within one region, or address understudied regions: the Portuguese influence in Labrador and Newfoundland, the Spanish influence in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the Pacific Northwest, or contemporary work that grapples with these legacies.

[1]Mary Louise Pratt, “Arts of the Contact Zone,” Profession(1991): 34 (page span: 33-40).

Contact Info: 

Naomi H. Slipp, Ph.D.  
Assistant Professor of Art History
Department of Fine Arts
Auburn University at Montgomery

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