CFP: Bahia’s Visual Culture in the Twenty-First Century @ BRASA

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Call for Papers
August 19, 2019
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Black History / Studies

Brazilian Studies Association Conference (BRASA), March 26-28, 2020, University of Texas at Austin

Panel Title: Bahia's Visual Culture in the Twenty-First Century

Bahia has always held a special place in Brazil’s cultural imagination. Many individuals, both native-born and foreigners, have been attracted to the region for its unique cultural heritage and have played a hand in representing Bahia’s visual culture on the domestic and international stages. Now almost two decades into the twenty-first century, scholars and artists are reflecting on some of the cultural figures (Pierre Verger, Carybé, the Baiana) and practices (Carnaval, Capoeira, Candomblé), many of which earned Bahia national and international attention in the twentieth century, with a more critical eye. What quintessential visual representations of Bahia should be re-examined or challenged? How are contemporary artists representing their “Bahianness” in new ways? How have tourism, the 2016 Summer Olympics, and national politics affected Bahia’s visual culture? How have national and international exhibitions approached the representation of Bahian art and culture in the twenty-first century? How have individuals from Bahia, as well as from other areas of Brazil and the world, used Bahia’s visual culture for their own aesthetic and political interests?

This panel can accommodate a variety of papers from different fields that offer original and/or revisionist examinations of Bahia’s visual culture from a twenty-first century viewpoint.


If interested, please contact: Kimberly Cleveland ( and send the following no later than August 19, 2019.

  1.             Paper title and abstract (not to exceed 200 words)
  2.             A brief bio (not to exceed 80 words)

All accepted participants must pay the BRASA membership and conference registration. BRASA Participants are limited to one paper per congress, no exceptions.


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Kimberly Cleveland

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