CFP: The Global Knowledge of Economic Inequality (London, 11/18)

The Measurement of Income and Wealth Distribution since 1945.

German Historical Institute London
15.11.2018-17.11.2018, London
Deadline: 28.02.2018

Economic inequality has become one of the most contentious political topics of our time, and statistics on income and wealth disparities have come to play an increasingly important role in modern political culture, influencing public debates about distributional questions, societal self-descriptions and perceptions of other societies. Global knowledge on economic inequality and poverty evolved incrementally, with important spurts occurring in the 1960s/1970s and then again during the 1990s/2000s. The first initiatives towards an international standardisation of income and wealth statistics were launched by the UN and the OECD during the 1960s/70s, but made only slow progress. This contributed to delaying the debate about global inequality, which had long been confined to measures like GDP per capita, while comparisons in terms of personal income have only recently been possible since more data has become available. Both these debates and the underlying statistics have a history that is not yet fully understood.

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CFP: Making Culture With/Out Uncle Sam (Cambridge, 13-15 Jun 18)

Call to join a conference panel

Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference

Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge, England
June 13 – 15, 2018

Deadline: Dec 15, 2017

The 1960s saw the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the expansion and transformation of philanthropic spending priorities in the cultural arena, and also the exposure of covert CIA funding for a range of Cold War cultural projects, all against the backdrop of this contentious decade. Continue reading “CFP: Making Culture With/Out Uncle Sam (Cambridge, 13-15 Jun 18)”

CFP: Ming Studies Special Issue

Ming Studies Special Issue
“Cross-Asian Visual Culture and Material Exchange in the Ming”

Deadline: Jan 5, 2018


In recent years, scholars in the field of Ming Studies have drawn attention to the need for a different scholarly perception of the dynasty. Until recently, the predominant narrative of post-Mongol Asia contended that while the Timurids and others in Central and West Asia actively sought to emulate aspects of the internationalizing Mongol Empire, the Ming dynasty ushered in a return to Chinese rule and a rejection of foreign elements. The exhibition “Ming: 50 years that changed China,” held at the British Museum in 2014-2015, and focused on Yuan-Ming continuities between 1400-1450, was designed as a challenge to these longstanding approaches (Clunas 2016). It questioned the idea of taking the dynasty as a unit of analysis, problematized an earlier focus on Ming-Qing rather than Yuan-Ming connections, and firmly refuted older conceptions of the Ming as a “nativist reaction to the Mongol conquest.” The show presented the early Ming as a period of continuation of various Mongol practices, and as an age of unprecedented engagement with the world beyond Ming borders. Importantly, it encouraged constructing new frameworks of analysis beyond dynastic boundaries. Continue reading “CFP: Ming Studies Special Issue”

CFP: Visual and Material Culture Exchange (Berlin, 22-24 Mar 18)

Call for Papers
Visual and Material Culture Exchange across the Baltic Sea Region, 1750-1850
Deadline: Dec 1, 2017

Although one of the world’s greatest cultural crossroads, the Baltic Sea has often been overlooked by scholars as a site of cultural exchange in favor of exploring national and regional identities. Since the 1990s, the concept of a Baltic Sea Region encompassing the sea and its surrounding land has fostered transnational thinking about the region, transcending Cold War binaries of ‘East’ and ‘West’ in an effort to view the area more holistically. Still, common terminology such as ‘Scandinavia’ and ‘the Baltic States’, suggests these cultures are mutually exclusive, or, as the case with ‘Central and Eastern Europe’, ambiguously monolithic. Continue reading “CFP: Visual and Material Culture Exchange (Berlin, 22-24 Mar 18)”

CFP: Session Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts (New York, 26-27 Jun 18)

“Public Agency in Private Spaces: Politics, Painting, and Patronage in the Long Eighteenth Century”

New York, NY, June 26 – 27, 2018
Deadline: Jan 10, 2018

Christie’s Education Symposium 2018: Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts

Scholars across disciplines have long probed the relationship between politics and art in the public sphere in the long eighteenth century—the tumultuous, seminal historical period that saw the rise of the Enlightenment, modern systems of representative democracy, and, eventually, the Industrial Revolution. Yet, to date, scholarship of this period has largely failed to notice female artists and patrons, despite their omnipresence in public shows and frequent initiation of substantial commissions. Similarly, political history has overlooked non-royal women, despite their strong influence as the wives, mothers, and sisters of politicians. Continue reading “CFP: Session Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts (New York, 26-27 Jun 18)”

CFP: Session at Christie’s Education Symposium (New York, 26-27 Jun 18)

Call for papers
Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts: Christie’s Education Symposium 2018 (New York)

Christie’s Education, New York, June 26 – 27, 2018
Deadline: Dec 22, 2017

From Bluestockings to the Guerrilla Girls – And Beyond: Mapping Female Associational Life in the Visual Arts
Session Convenor: Kathryn Brown (Loughborough University, UK)

Deadline for proposals: 22 December 2017

This session inquires into the role of networks by and among women active as artists, writers, curators, dealers, activists, and patrons of the visual arts. By taking into consideration examples drawn from a broad range of geographies and time periods, the session examines how informal sociability spurred the creation of professional relationships that offered women opportunities to flourish as art world professionals. To what extent have women shared connections and knowledge with each other for the purpose of securing their own independence within creative economies? Can the study of female micro-communities broaden our understanding of the scope and impact of 20th-century feminist discourses? Continue reading “CFP: Session at Christie’s Education Symposium (New York, 26-27 Jun 18)”

CFP: Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, vol. 69

Connoisseurship and the Knowledge of Art in the Netherlands, 1400 to the present

Connoisseurship has long been suspect. Though essential to the study of material objects, it has been opposed to the more ‘substantive’ discipline of academic art history, and reviled as outmoded and elitist, as tainted by the market, and as concerned merely with such artist-reifying/mystifying issues as attribution, authenticity and the autograph ‘hand’. The connoisseur – with typically his ‘eye’ – has been dismissed as a dinosaur. Continue reading “CFP: Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, vol. 69”