CFP for session @ CAA 2020: "Pressing Revolution" : Past and Present of Politically-Engaged Printmaking

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Call for Papers
July 23, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

CFP: Pressing Revolution

Chairs : Gilda S Posada, and Asli Menevse 

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The print has been the preferred medium of radical leftist imaginations and movements from past to present. The printed picture has always been there: from the Paris Commune (1871) to the Cuban Revolution (1953-9); from the anti-colonial struggles and black radical traditions of the twentieth century to the Civil Rights and contemporary LGBTQIA2+ movements; from Indigenous and Environmental activism to labor unionizing efforts across the globe. The print has been a site for a praxis of the radical imagination; it has been and still is weaponized as a medium for change in the fight for equitable futures.

This interdisciplinary and trans-historical panel brings together artists, historians, scholars, and activists to think about the history and the future of this practice of revolution in our contemporary moment. Our approach invites inquiries that attend to the ontology (eg. ephemerality, multiplicity, mobility); function, (eg. revolutionary pedagogy, commemoration, and utopian projection); histories; presence in the public space (eg. circulation, interruption, infiltration); interactions with other media; adaptability and responses to changes for accessibility (eg. new technologies of printing, digital presence, social media). Through this panel we are aiming to initiate a theory of radical print into praxis that takes the medium and encompasses the richness of its past and brings it into conversation with its ever-expanding revolutionary practices and practitioners who continue to utilize it for conceptualizing alternative futurities. The cultural practitioners of this panel offer a path for resistance and revolutionary change that is urgently needed in amidst global climate crisis and authoritarian regimes.


In order to apply, please prepare to submit the following and send via email to the chairs (Asli Menevse and Gilda Posada) before July 23, 2019.

· Completed proposal form (click to download).

· A shortened CV (close to 2 pages).

Please note that a paper that has been published previously or presented at another scholarly conference may not be delivered at the CAA Annual Conference.

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Asli Menevse:

Gilda Posada:

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