CFP: PREP Exchange Program for Provenance Research

Berlin, 01.01.2018
Deadline: Sep 15, 2017

The German-American exchange program ‘Provenance Research Program for Museum Professionals’ (PREP) has been running since the beginning of 2017. The three-year program is aimed at provenance researchers, curators, archivists, and other museum experts. Anyone interested in the 2018 program can apply until 15. September 2017.

Organising institutions
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Zentralarchiv der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin)
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA (Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative)

Project partners
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte München
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (Beratender Teilnehmer)

US PREP Page of the Smithsonian Institute

German PREP Page of the Zentralarchiv, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

ANN: Call for Applications für PREP Austauschprogramm zur Provenienzforschung. In: H-ArtHist, Jun 15, 2017 (accessed Jun 20, 2017).


CFP: The Limits of Art in the Museum (Madrid, 28-30 Nov 17)

Madrid, Spain, November 28 – 30, 2017
Deadline: Jul 30, 2017

The Interuniversity Consortium MUSACCES (UCM-UNED-UAM) invites the scientific community to submit contributions, as oral communications or posters, to the International Conference “The Limits of Art in the Museum” which will be held in Madrid between 28th-30th November 2017. The aim of this conference is to create an open space for the dialogue and interdisciplinary encounter among museum managers, educators, researchers, artists, students and other professionals of the cultural world. We expect to reflect about the permeability of the conceptual frontiers in the art, mainly when it affects its museological materalisation. Hans Belting, Mieke Bal, Georgios Alexopoulos, Javier Arnaldo, José Manuel Cruz Valdovinos, Almudena Domínguez, Nicole Gesché-Koning, Matteo Mancini, Alice Semedo or Esme Ward and other academic authorities will contribute with their expertise.

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CFP: 4th Workshop on Computational History, Singapur, 6 Nov, 17

06.11.2017, Singapur, Pan Pacific Singapore

Held in conjunction with the 26th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2017), 6-10 November, Singapore.

Mohammed Hasanuzzaman, ADAPT Centre: The Global Centre of Excellence for Digital Content and Media Innovation, Ireland; Adam Jatowt, Kyoto University, Japan; Gäel Dias, University of Caen Normandie, France; Marten Düring, Luxembourg Centre for Digital and Contemporary History (C2DH), Luxemburg; Antal van Den Bosch, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The HistoInformatics workshop series brings together researchers in the historical disciplines, computer science and associated disciplines as well as the cultural heritage sector. Historians, like other humanists show keen interests in computational approaches to the study and processing of digitized sources (usually text, images, audio). In computer science, experimental tools and methods stand the challenge to be validated regarding their relevance for real-world questions and applications. The HistoInformatics workshop series is designed to bring researchers in both fields together, to discuss best practices as well as possible future collaborations.

Traditionally, historical research is based on the hermeneutic investigation of preserved records and artefacts to provide a reliable account of the past and to discuss different hypotheses. Alongside this hermeneutic approach historians have always been interested to translate primary sources into data and used methods, often borrowed from the social sciences, to analyze them. A new wealth of digitized historical documents have however opened up completely new challenges for the computer-assisted analysis of e.g. large text or image corpora. Historians can greatly benefit from the advances of computer and information sciences which are dedicated to the processing, organization and analysis of such data. New computational techniques can be applied to help verify and validate historical assumptions. We call this approach HistoInformatics, analogous to Bioinformatics and ChemoInformatics which have respectively proposed new research trends in biology and chemistry. The main topics of the workshop are:

  1. support for historical research and analysis in general through the application of Computer Science theories or technologies,
  2. analysis and re-use of historical texts,
  3. analysis of collective memories,
  4. visualizations of historical data,
  5. access to large wealth of accumulated historical knowledge.

HistoInformatics workshops took place thrice in the past. The first one ( was held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Social Informatics in Kyoto, Japan in 2013. The second workshop ( took place at the same conference in the following year in Barcelona. The third workshop ( was held on July 2016 in Krakow, Poland in conjunction with ADHO’s 2016 Digital Humanities conference.

For Histoinformatics2017, we are interested in a wide range of topics which are of relevance for history, the cultural heritage sector and the humanities in general. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Natural language processing and text analytics applied to historical documents
  • Analysis of longitudinal document collections
  • Search and retrieval in document archives and historical collections, associative search
  • Causal relationship discovery based on historical resources
  • Named entity recognition and disambiguation
  • Entity relationship extraction, detecting and resolving historical references in text
  • Finding analogical entities over time
  • Computational linguistics for old texts
  • Analysis of language change over time
  • Digitizing and archiving
  • Modeling evolution of entities and relationships over time
  • Automatic multimedia document dating
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence techniques to History
  • Simulating and recreating the past course of actions, social relations, motivations, figurations
  • Handling uncertain and fragmentary text and image data
  • Automatic biography generation
  • Mining Wikipedia for historical data
  • OCR and transcription of old texts
  • Effective interfaces for searching, browsing or visualizing historical data collections
  • Studies on collective memory
  • Studying and modeling forgetting and remembering processes
  • Estimating credibility of historical findings
  • Probing the limits of Histoinformatics
  • Epistemologies in the Humanities and Computer Science

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CFP: Surrealism in the United States (Paris, 27-29 Nov 17)

Networks, Museums and Collections.
Surrealism in the United States
International Conference at the German Center for Art History in Paris, 27–29 November 2017

Academic advisory board: Julia Drost (German Center for Art History, Paris), Fabrice Flahutez (Université Paris Nanterre), Anne Helmreich (College of Fine Arts, Texas Christian University), Martin Schieder (Universität Leipzig) and Susan Power (independent scholar).

Initially, Breton and the surrealists, in their understanding of themselves as an international avant-garde, literally did not have the United States on their map, as their famous “Le monde au temps des surréalistes” from 1929 attests. Nonetheless, surrealism found early institutional and economic recognition in the USA, already in the early 1930s. In November 1931, the first exhibition of surrealist art in the United States, Newer Super Realism, took place at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut. Continue reading “CFP: Surrealism in the United States (Paris, 27-29 Nov 17)”

CFP: The Art Salon in the Arab Region (Beirut, 27-28 Oct 17)

Beirut, October 27 – 28, 2017
Deadline: Jun 5, 2017

Contextualising the Art Salon in the Arab Region

The Orient-Institut Beirut and the Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum are organizing a symposium on 27-28 October 2017 that aims to contextualize the art salon in the Arab region. The symposium, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, brings together researchers and curators, artists and critics to discuss the emergence of the art salon in the region in the colonial and post-colonial context, reflect on knowledge circulations between Europe and the Middle East, and analyse the function of the art salon in relation to collecting practices and the public. To disseminate the research findings, a publication will be prepared to be published in time for the Sursock Museum’s next Salon d’Automne in November 2018.

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CFP: Session at RSA (New Orleans, 22-24 Mar 18)

RSA New Orleans 2018
Northerners in Italy: Negotiating Style, Art Markets, and Comunità
Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA) Sponsored Session


The lure of Italy enticed hundreds of northern European artists to cross the Alps during the early modern period in search of artistic inspiration and fame in centers such as Venice, Rome, and Florence. How these artists negotiated their new surroundings, however, depended upon economic and social factors specific to each particular center. Recent studies focused upon artistic migration, emerging art academies, and expanding art markets in Italy have highlighted how complex and mercurial this process could be. However, a broader study that identifies consistent patterns concerning artistic mobility is still needed. This session seeks to address this lacuna, probing further the process of acclimation for northern European artists in Italy and the effect of travel on artistic practice and theory.

We invite proposals that consider the following:
– The role of networks in Italy for supporting foreign artists; and how these networks may have shifted and changed over time and within particular regions.
– The significance of community between local and foreign, including institutions and organizations.
– The meaning and nature of acclimation processes, such as negotiation, synthesis, integration, and assimilation.
– The effect of travel on artistic production, including experimentation with new techniques, materials, and styles in various contexts and centers.
– The art markets in Italy, and the role of northern European artists in their expansion and professionalization.
– The relationship between travel, mobility, and artistic theory in northern Europe and Italy during the early modern period.
– Artistic identity and identity formation among foreign artists and communities.

Proposals should be for 20-minute papers and must include a title, abstract of no more than 150 words, keywords, a C.V. of 300 words (no prose), and a short bio. Speakers will need to be members of RSA at the time of the conference.

Please send your submission to Erin Downey ( and Sophia Quach McCabe ( by 22 May 2017. Applicants will be notified before 1 June.

CFP: Session at RSA (New Orleans, 22-24 Mar 18). In: H-ArtHist, May 15, 2017 (accessed May 18, 2017).

CFP: Young Scholars Forum for Collection and Object Research (Göttingen 28-30 Sept, 17)

‘Telescope, Microscope, perception and insight’: Instruments of Visualization in Scientific Practice – an interdisciplinary workshop for young scientists and scholars
Venue: Historische Sternwarte Göttingen
A workshop of the Zentrale Kustodie der Universität Göttingen
28.-30. September 2017
Application deadline 1 July, 2017
Working with scientific instruments appears to be uncomplicated at first glance. Microscopes reveal what one can not grasp with the naked eye. Remote objects appear very close with appropriate instruments. X-rays or MRI scanners bring transparency to solid objects and reveal internal structures and connections.
The use of different scientific equipment and models is, however, by no means trivial nor self-evident. In addition to a specific language, which must first be learned and deciphered, technical images and models are embedded in disciplinary image conventions, image traditions and (local) standards. Apparatus, instruments, and the visualizations they produce are thus far more than mere neutral, which transform the natural world into a neutral visual language.
The ‘Junges Forum für Sammlungs- und Objektforschung’ invites applications for 20mins presentations.
Workshop language: German
Source: Junges Forum für Sammlungs- und Objektforschung, 28.09.2017 – 30.09.2017 Göttingen, in: H-Soz-Kult, 15.05.2017.