CFP 16th Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2020
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies

Call for Papers: The Sixteenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium


"Embodiment in the Arts of the Americas"

Symposium Date: April 4, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Archaeology and Department of African American Studies, Princeton University


The body exists as the site of productive and oppressive forces. Questions of embodiment stand at this nexus: How is the body acted upon? In turn, how does it manifest its own agency and sovereignty? The body is vulnerable to systems of control and violence, and yet allows us to consider particular and personal subjectivities. In an age of precarity, in which economic, ecological, and political forces exert themselves on the body, we must also consider the physicality and agency that the body possesses. How does cultural production help us think about these issues?


The Sixteenth Annual Yale University American Art Graduate Symposium invites submissions that present new ways of thinking about art’s relationship to embodiment. Considerations of embodiment oscillate between process and product: the process of making and the materiality of the object. This theme also encompasses the ways in which bodies can serve as experiential vessels of meaning, as well as effect their own resistance. We invite submissions that address art and material culture across North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean that engage a range of critical perspectives and speak to a variety of time periods and artistic practices.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Physical corporeality, flesh, and figuration

- The circulation and life histories of objects

- Materiality as mediation of human experience

- Clothing, textiles, and adornment

Dance, ritual, movement, and performance as expression and subversion

- Kinship and intimacy

- Regimes of control and methods of resistance

- Religion and spirituality

- Hauntology, possession, and incarnation 

- Affective, sensorial, and haptic experience

- Critical phenomenologies of queerness, race, disability, and gender

- Migration and diaspora

- The built environment and architectural spaces

- Virtual reality and disembodiment


Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 350 words along with a CV to by January 31, 2020. Accepted participants will be notified in mid February. Accommodations will be provided for all participants in New Haven, Connecticut