CFP: "Material, Materiality, Materialism," College Art Association Conference, February 13-16, 2019, New York City

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Chairs: Deborah L. Krohn and Catherine L. Whalen, Bard Graduate Center

CFP: Material, Materiality, Materialism Session

College Art Association Annual Conference, February 13-16, 2019, New York City

While the physical properties of matter have long been the domain of scientists, the word ‘material’ and its cognates ‘materiality’ and ‘materialisms’ have become ubiquitous in multiple fields across the humanities and social sciences, from history of art and design to literature and philosophy to anthropology and sociology. What does the ‘material turn’ mean for art and design historians? How do such discourses intersect with longstanding practices of object-centered studies, including archaeology, connoisseurship, and conservation? Building upon the session "Material Culture and Art History: A State of the Field(s) Panel Discussion" (sponsored by Association of Research Institutes in Art History) at last year’s conference in Los Angeles, we are interested in papers that consider, evaluate, and comment upon the ways in which the terms material, materiality and/or materialisms inform studies of art and design. Rather than case studies, we seek reflective perspectives.

Proposals due MONDAY AUGUST 6, 2018. See College Art Association website for submission requirements, Email complete submission (proposal form, abstract of 250 words max., short CV, and explanation of interest, expertise and availability) to session chairs at and