CFP - Online Graduate Student Conference, UC Riverside Art History, "(Art)iculations of Proximity and Mobility" - May 14 & 15, 2021

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Submitted by Estefania Sanchez:




UC Riverside's Art History Graduate Student Association seeks papers for its 10th annual graduate student conference. (Art)iculations of Proximity and Mobility will be held online, via Zoom webinar, over two days, Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 9am to 1pm, and 9am to noon, respectively.


This year's conference will focus on the timely theme of proximity and mobility. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the significance of proximity (understood as nearness in space, time, or relation) and mobility (the ability to move or be moved freely and easily) as both conditions and concepts is perhaps more apparent than before. In fact, art history as a discipline is impacted by certain ideas of proximity and mobility: from early historians' belief in "distanced" or "objective" narratives; to the methodology of "close looking"; to the "aura" of the site-specific object; to the importance placed on travel in research.

Our conference will ask: how have "the arts"—defined broadly—been shaped by proximity or mobility, and how have they articulated their own vision of closeness and movement as conditions or concepts? What can they tell us about how proximity and mobility have been valued, ignored, related, defined, interrogated, or challenged across time, places, and peoples? We seek papers that speak to these and related questions, now and throughout history, and encourage submissions from across the disciplines, and with an expansive notion of "the arts."


We are honored to host Dr. Cheryl Finley, Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art at Cornell University, as this year's keynote speaker.

Presentation proposals will be accepted by email,, through Monday, March 8, 2021. Information may also be found at our conference website:


Many thanks,

Lily Allen

Estefania Sanchez  

Department of the History of Art, UC Riverside