Unusual Scenes: A Series of Unorthodox Conversations in Art History

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September 30, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies and Theology
Please circulate the following invitation to a new lecture series in Art History. 
Dear all,
We are thrilled to invite you to join us for the fall session of a newly created workshop and lecture series in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University: "Unusual Scenes: A Series of Unorthodox Conversations in Art History." This series aims to reflect contemporary changes in the field of art history and proposes an engagement with multiple disciplinary fields to open a venue for creative scholarship. Funded with the generous support of the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA), the first proceedings of this series will focus on the often neglected relationship between art history and spirituality. 
For its first iteration, "Unusual Scenes: Art History and Spirituality" will engage in dialogue with Dr. Laura E. Pérez, Professor of Ethnic Studies & Chair of the Latinx Research Center at the University of California Berkeley, and Dr. Solimar Otero, Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology & Editor of the Journal of Folklore Research at the University of Indiana Bloomington. Each of our invited scholars has a remarkable career with outstanding publications: Dr. Pérez is the author of the book Eros Ideologies: Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial (2019), and Dr. Otero recently published the book Archives of Conjure: Stories of the Dead in Afrolatinx Cultures (2020). We look forward to seeing what fruitful discussion emerges from this encounter.
The fall 2020 lecture of "Unusual Scenes" will meet virtually via Zoom on September 30th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST. In order to attend, please register via the following Google Form. Attached please find the official poster for this event. This image is based on the piece "China Cambuja desecrando al sagrado corazón (1/3)" (2020) from the talented artist Sergio Miguel, a current MFA student in painting at Columbia University. Please share this information with your networks and those who might be interested in the event.
Please submit all inquiries to unusualscenes@columbia.edu.

All our best,

Gwen A. Unger, PhD Candidate
Julián Sánchez-González, PhD Student

Art History and Archaeology Department
Columbia University in the City of New York

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Gwen A. Unger, PhD Candidate
Columbia University in the City of New York