Next TIAMSA event: Susanne Kessler studio visit (Berlin 27 Jan, 18)

Dear TIAMSA members,

Our next TIAMSA Berlin event will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018! We are invited to the studio of Susanne Kessler, a widely exhibited painter, illustrator and installation artist ( She will talk about her experiences and views on today ‘s art market.

We will meet at the Cotheniusstrasse 3 | 10407 Berlin at 3 pm on January 27.

The event is open to members, potential members and their guests.
Please RSVP. To book your place please reply here.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you again at the end of January!

Anne and Christine

Job: Research Associate / Doctoral Student, History of Modern Art, LMU Munich

Job @ METROMOD, Relocating Modernism: Global Metropolises, Modern Art and Exile, an ERC funded project at the Institute for Art History of the LMU Munich

Institute for Art History
School of Arts
Zentnerstr. 31
D-80798 Munich

Assignment: May 2018
Salary Range/Hours: 13 TV-L, 65%
Duration: 3 years
Deadline for application: 10 February 2018

LMU is recognized as one of Europe’s premier academic and research institutions. The university is situated in the heart of Munich.

Job Description
Applications are sought for a doctoral student on the European Research Council funded project “METROMOD: Relocating Modernism: Global Metropolises, Modern Art and Exile” led by Professor Dr. Burcu Dogramaci and based at the LMU Institute for Art History. Applications from the disciplines of art history, architectural history, urban history, planning history or related research fields are welcome. Continue reading “Job: Research Associate / Doctoral Student, History of Modern Art, LMU Munich”

CFP: Rethinking Affordance, special issue: Media Theory (Stuttgart, 8-9 Jun 18)

Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
Deadline: Jan 29, 2018

Responding to the continued and accelerating rise of algorithmic culture, this journal special issue and corresponding symposium will explore critical intersections between creative practice and recent efforts to re-imagine the concept of ‘affordance’ for the digital.

Theoretical considerations of ‘affordance’ originate at the intersection of perceptual and cognitive psychology, specifically within the context of J.J. Gibson’s work from the mid-60s onwards. According to Gibson, ‘affordance’ sought to account for the actionable properties of a physical object or environment. An object’s affordances, in other words, describe its phenomenological qualities, projecting potential uses, delimiting possible actions, and signaling perceived functions. While discontinuities between established discourses on ‘affordance’ and its contemporary deployment have been widely identified and problematized (e.g., Evans et. al. 2017; Davis & Chouinard 2017; Samson & Soon 2015; Nagy & Neff 2015), the theoretical parameters of specifically digital affordances remain under-examined. As a result, despite its frequent application within the domains of, for example, HCI, media studies and contemporary design, ‘affordance’ continues to operate within a conceptual framework that largely ignores the specific grounds of contemporary computation, resting instead on the physicality, phenomenological accessibility, and perceived liveliness of objects (e.g., Wells 2002; Morineau et. al. 2009). Importantly, each of these defining characteristics are fundamentally incompatible with what are increasingly referred to as the processual, ‘deep,’ and unperceivable realities of algorithmic systems (Lovink 2014; Parisi 2013; Zielinski 2009). Deploying the concept of affordance without a reexamination of its digital specificity (for example when it comes to interaction design, user experience design, or software development) ultimately means to foreclose opportunities for generative critique, limiting the potential for creative, alternative, subversive, and radically different uses of digital artefacts and processes. Continue reading “CFP: Rethinking Affordance, special issue: Media Theory (Stuttgart, 8-9 Jun 18)”

CFP: Session in the 18th WEHC on “The globalization of the waves”

“The globalization of the waves: shipping and its role in promoting global markets for goods, services, capital, labor, and ideas, c. 1800—2000”


Stig Tenold, Norwegian School of Economics; Jari Ojala and Pirita Frigren, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland; Jelle van Lottum, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
29.07.2018 – 03.08.2018
Deadline 01.02.2018
By definition, international seaborne transport is an activity that crosses borders, where the factors of production have always been extremely mobile. Ships and seamen are employed all over the world, so the link to the “home country” is often very limited. Consequently, shipping has sometimes been referred to as “the world’s first globalized industry”. Moreover, shipping is an activity that promotes globalization of other markets, by integrating agents that are geographically dispersed. The aim of our sessions is to analyze these two dimensions – both the globalized and the globalizing aspects of shipping – and how they have developed across time. Improvements in shipping tied the continents together and facilitated the establishment and growth of the international economy.

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CFP: JHNA, Proposals for Digital Art History Projects

January 10 – February 28, 2018
Deadline: Feb 28, 2018

JHNA (Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art) is applying for a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. If successful, we will receive three bursaries of $10,000 each to develop and publish three digital art history projects. One project from each of the following areas of investigation will be selected: Continue reading “CFP: JHNA, Proposals for Digital Art History Projects”

CFP: An era of value change: The Seventies in Europe (London, 14-16.March, 19)

German Historical Institute of London
Deadline: 15. April 2018

An era of value change: The Seventies in Europe
International Conference

In the historiography of many European countries, the 1970s are seen as a caesura. They have been claimed as a period of swift cultural transformation and structural change, as the turning point from post war society to a world “after the boom” characterised by the crisis of high industrial society. This was the time when the post-war emphasis on reconstruction and economic growth faded, and our current world began to take shape. The historians Eric Hobsbawm and Arthur Marwick speak of a “cultural revolution” in order to underline the importance of the cultural change, while political scientists such as Ronald Inglehart have posited a “silent revolution” and the birth of “post-materialist society”, describing the ethical re-orientation of citizens as value change towards individual self-realization instead of the acquisition of material goods. Continue reading “CFP: An era of value change: The Seventies in Europe (London, 14-16.March, 19)”

CFP: Collecting: modus operandi (Lisbon, 14-16 Feb 19)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
February 14 – 16, 2019

Deadline: Mar 15, 2018

In 2019 the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Art Library will have been open for 50 years. Gulbenkian is well known as Mr 5%, who wanted ‘only the best’, but this conference seeks to go beyond the biographical, or the anecdote, and to consider Gulbenkian in the light of his wider context. We particularly seek papers which reflect new research into the ways in which collectors worked, their networks, and their relationship with their collection, its accessibility and its future. We welcome papers which go beyond single-case studies of individual owners, seeking instead more transversal studies into how collectors worked and how they reflected the period in which they lived. We also hope to cast new light on the collecting of non-Western materials, especially the decorative arts of the Middle East.  Researchers with specific need of the Gulbenkian archives may be awarded financial support to make this possible. Continue reading “CFP: Collecting: modus operandi (Lisbon, 14-16 Feb 19)”