Call for Papers: Afterlives and Different Futures for Latin American Art (College Art Association, Chicago, February 2020)

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Call for Papers
July 23, 2019
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies

Please consider submitting a presentation abstract for the panel we are organizing for the College Art Association annual meeting in Chicago, February 2020…




In 1975, the University of Texas hosted an early international conference on Latin American art, Speak Out! Charla! Bate-Papo! Participants asked: Does Latin American art exist as a distinct form of expression from Modernism? Answers and retorts, in person and later in print, point to a field that was neither homogenous nor settled. Aracy Amaral, the pioneering Brazilian art historian, argued that there was no such thing, but a lack of coherence and propensity for contradiction were nothing to fear. This was hardly a field that is the product of Cold War area studies or Pan-Americanism articulated from the U.S. Rather than return to shopworn question of whether “Latin American art” exists, we propose examining and building upon the unresolved status of the field. As suggested by the symposium’s title, scholarly analyses of new and undefinable fields necessarily maneuver through the conviviality of charla, chatter of bate-papo, and the possible political implications of speaking out. What might come of reconsidering Latin American art’s beginnings in multi-disciplinary investigation, especially the insights of literature, criticism, and literary studies? What theoretical and political exigencies framed these and other continental discussions in the 1970s, and what are the afterlives of those formations in today’s scholarship? In light of the hypervisibility of some Latin American artistic histories in emerging global modern and contemporary canons, what fissures and elisions require novel critical methods? For example, how might we readdress the colonial relations reproduced through the field’s myopia regarding African diaspora, indigenous, and Latinx art?


Proposals should be sent to both:


Please include the following information in your email:

  • Full name
  • Affiliation (Organization, University, Independent Scholar, etc)
  • Email (please use the email that is used for your CAA membership account - you must have an active CAA membership)
  • CAA member ID# 
  • Presentation Title
  • Presentation Abstract (250 words maximum)
  • Statement on how your paper fits the brief of the panel (100 words maximum)


The deadline for paper proposals is July 23, 2019.


Please be in touch with any questions.


Contact Info: 

George Flaherty and Adele Nelson

University of Texas at Austin