Arbeitskreis für spätmittelalterliche Wirtschaftsgeschichte
Markets and the agents who shaped and created them are the subject of the 6th annual conference of the research group on premodern economic history. Markets feature prominently in recent research. Discussions cover the questions, for example, how a market can be grasp as a place, an event or a mechanism of exchange, or whether premodern economies have just hosted markets or if some of them can even be regarded as market economies. Continue reading “CFP: Markets and their Agents (Basel, 21-22 June, 18)”
Routes and Contact Zones. Artistic Mobility and Exchange in Central Eastern and North Eastern Europe
Deadline: Mar 5, 2018
German and Polish versions of this text available online, see reference link below
Working Group of German and Polish Art Historians and Conservators
Art History Institute, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich
26. Conference of the Working Group of German and Polish Art Historians and Conservators / Homburger Colloquy (Homburger Gespräch) of the Böckler-Mare-Balticum-Foundation, Munich 11.-13. October 2018
The mobility of people, objects and ideas determined the art scene in Central Eastern and North Eastern Europe for centuries and promoted transregional exchange. In contrast, art historiography in the countries of these regions has long been influenced by nationally defined political concepts that posit clearly distinct cultural developments. If, however, art is understood as a product of cross-border, transcultural exchange, then any scholarly investigation must also consider the transfer routes and the meeting places found along them. Continue reading “CFP: Routes and Contact Zones. Artistic Mobility and Exchange (Munich, 11-13 Oct 18)”
Hucksters or Connoisseurs?
The Role of Intermediary Agents in Art Economies
Call for Papers, CAA 2018
Titia Hulst, Purchase College, New York, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Anne Helmreich, Texas Christian University, email@example.com
The roles of art dealers in the creation of art economies and the circulatory exchange of goods have come to increasing attention of late. However, much work remains to be done to counter the long history of the hagiographic treatment of dealers, which owes a great deal to the fact that histories of dealers were largely authored by dealers eager to write themselves into the history of art.
For this session, we seek to bring a critical and historical perspective to the role of intermediary agents in the primary and secondary markets. We seek papers that will examine dealers who mediated between the artist as producer and the consumer, whether conceived as an individual patron or broadly configured audiences.
We also seek papers that identify strategies developed by these intermediary figures in response to changing social-historical as well as geographical conditions. Relatedly, what role did dealers play in the emergence of art history as a discipline and the construction of its narratives given the vested interest of these agents in knowledge formation and collection building?
Since histories of art dealers have long been dominated by narratives drawn from the Western market, we are particularly interested in papers that examine the role of this figure in non- western art economies as well as topics that help us test and question standard models derived from the early modern and modern Western context. We encourage analysis of historically grounded strategies and practices, as opposed to anecdotal heroic narratives.
Paper proposals are due August 14. Please email your proposal to both chairs.