Events And Opportunities

  • CFP: Exchange: Assimilation and Appropriation in the Arts, Third Annual UCR History of Art Graduate Student Conference (May 17)

    Riverside | Dates: 14 Jan – 28 Feb, 2014
    From antique and early modern forms of trade, exploration and colonization to more modern forms of cultural contact through immigration and the development of the internet, cultural exchange continues to have an impact on the construction of the arts and art trends around the world. This multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore the relationship between assimilation and appropriation in the arts, in any of its forms, from antiquity to the contemporary.

    Sophisticated networks of trade, world exploration and cultural sovereignty established and experienced throughout antiquity and the early modern period changed local arts and impacted cultural exchange. This form of contact can be traced back as early as 700 BCE, as influential Greek colonies were established in what is today known as Italy. Similarly, the Dutch invasion and colonization of Indonesia during the seventeenth century also had a major lasting impact on the cultural makeup of the region. Cultural exchange has not been limited to physical avenues, however, and the movement of ideas by visual forms of exchange has fostered artistic inspiration and aesthetic amalgamation. For example, upon encountering African masks in Parisian museums, Pablo Picasso appropriated certain African aesthetics for his cubist studies. Similarly, late nineteenth century American artist William Merritt Chase borrowed motifs inspired by Japanese prints and ceramics. These brief examples serve to demonstrate our expanded approach to the idea of assimilation and appropriation as integral aspects of artistic and cultural development, absorption or resistance.

    Among the questions we seek to address are: How may cultural and aesthetic authenticity be threatened by the loss of national identity? How have methods of appropriation and vehicles of distribution changed over time through the development of transportation, mechanical reproduction and the internet? What is the overall lasting impact of various forms of exchange, whether experienced through personal travel or cultural invasion, whether accepted or unwelcome, whether voluntary or forced? Approaches to these questions could come in the forms of fine art, fashions, foods, design, architecture, literature, race, religion, and many more.

    We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute paper presentations examining the intersection of the arts and assimilation and appropriation, in any of its forms. We encourage papers that demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to the art-historical record.

    Please email abstracts to by Friday, February 28, 2014.

    The conference will be held at the California Museum of Photography in downtown Riverside, CA, on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

    We are honored to host Los Angeles based scholar, Sofia Sanabrais, as this year’s keynote speaker.
  • The Society of Automotive Historians Richard Scharchburg Student Paper Award, 2014

    Dates: 14 Jan – 10 Jun, 2014
    In order to encourage research and writing effort among university students in the area of automotive history, the Society confers its annual award for the best student paper in the auto history field. The award is named for Richard Scharchburg, the late Professor of History at Kettering University, eminent automotive historian, and past vice president of the Society of Automotive Historians. Persons submitting papers must be enrolled at educational institutions (upper-class undergraduate or graduate level) at the time of submission. This competition is international in scope, but papers must be in the English language. Papers already published or scheduled for publication will not be accepted.

    Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words, and should be double-spaced. An abstract is requested. Judging criteria include clear statement of purpose and testable hypothesis, accuracy and thoroughness of research, originality of the research, documentation, quality and extent of bibliographic resources, and writing style. Diagrams, graphs, or photographs may be included. Submissions are to be electronic, in Word 1997-2003 format or pdf files only, to the e-mail address below.

    Possible subjects include but are not limited to historical aspects of automobile companies and their leaders, regulation of the auto industry, financial and economic aspects of the industry, the social effects of the automobile, highway development, environmental matters, and automotive marketing, design, engineering and safety.

    A cover letter should be included stating the student’s address, school, program, advisor, and stage in studies. The student should indicate how the paper submitted will relate to his or her professional future. Submissions must e-mail dated by June 10, 2014. All papers submitted will be acknowledged.

    Recent Previous Award Winners:
    2013 -- John Emerson Mohr, Auburn University
    2012—Samuel Kling, Northwestern University
    2011 – Andrew Mabon, James Madison University
    2010 – No award
    2009 – Peter Cajka, Marquette University

    Upon recommendation of the judges, the winning paper will considered for publication in the Society’s Automotive History Review. The award consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $500.00.

    Submissions should be sent to:
    John Heitmann, Ph.D
    Chair, Student Awards Committee
    President, Society of Automotive Historians (SAH)
    Professor of History
    University of Dayton
    300 College Park
    Dayton, OH 45469
    Phone: 937-229-2803
    FAX: 937-229-4400