CFP. Beyond the Tropics: Art and Visual Culture to and from the Caribbean. College Art Association annual conference (Chicago, February 12-15, 2020)

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Call for Papers
July 23, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies


Dear friends and colleagues, 


Please consider submitting a paper proposal to our session for CAA's 2020 conference

Deadline: July 23, 2019


Beyond the Tropics: Art and Visual Culture to and from the Caribbean

College Art Associaton Annual Conference (Chicago, February 12-15, 2020)


Since the fifteenth century, the Caribbean has been a site of confluence, exchange and circulation. As debates regarding the independence of Spanish, French, British, and Dutch territories spread throughout the nineteenth century, it became increasingly important for locals to consider the ways in which the autochthonous and new national cultures contested, assimilated, or related to that of the metropole. Fine art and exhibitions, along with mass media including magazines, photographs, cinema, and other printed images were central to the formation of divergent definitions of the nascent independent and regional identities.


This panel seeks papers that examine the visual culture of the Caribbean as a nexus point within transnational networks of communication during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We are especially interested in papers that address the role of images in the intersections between the global and local, or ‘glocal,’ and that explore the new ways of looking generated at the juncture of metropole and Caribbean. We welcome presentations that respond to an array of questions, including: How did images represent the local and transnational Caribbean identities or contest ideas of national boundaries, of both colonial and of recently created nations? How did the visual culture challenge or renegotiate the dichotomies of colonized/colonizer, resistance/assimilation, periphery/center? How were notions of the local, national, and cosmopolitan renegotiated in light of the mass-produced image? What meanings did reproduced images from capitals or from the peripheries acquire in local contexts, unofficial networks, or private spaces?


Please send your proposals to the Chairs:

Maite Barragán, Albright College: 

Vanesa Rodríguez-Galindo, Florida International University: 


More informaton can be found here:


Many thanks.

Best regards,

Vanesa and Maite


Vanesa Rodriguez-Galindo, PhD

Florida International University

Miami, FL 33199




Contact Info: 

Maite Barragán, Albright College: 

Vanesa Rodríguez-Galindo, Florida International University: