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  • Terra Summer Residency Fellowships in Giverny, France (June 16–August 10, 2014)

    Giverny | Dates: 09 Dec, 2013 – 15 Jan, 2014
    Terra Foundation for American Art Europe
    Giverny, France
    June 16–August 10, 2014

    Each summer, the Terra Foundation for American Art offers ten residential fellowships for emerging artists and predoctoral scholars in a setting rich in art historical significance. Since 2001, the Terra Summer Residency has provided fellows with the opportunity to pursue individual work and research within a framework of interdisciplinary exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. In addition to working collaboratively, fellows interact regularly with invited senior advisors and guest lecturers—established international artists, curators, and professors in the field of American art. The program supports the creative and research projects of the residents, inspiring them to reflect on cultural interpretive models and encouraging them to create an intellectual network for lifelong exchange.

    Applications are due January 15, 2014; awards will be announced in May 2014.
  • CFP: Contemporary Curation: Theory and Practice

    Dates: 09 Dec, 2013 – 28 Jan, 2014
    Call for papers for special issue- Contemporary Curation: Theory and Practice
    Deadline: Jan 28, 2014

    The International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries (IJCCI) is a new international journal organized by the Institute of Creative Industries Design, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. The journal is a multidisciplinary, double-blind peer-reviewed journal which aims to facilitate scholarly works and discussions related to academic research and practical insights from the field of cultural and creative industries (CCI). The journal aims to reach both professional and academic audience and to bring together interdisciplinary and multinational perspectives. IJCCI publication activities are organized by the Institute of Creative Industries Design at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.

    IJCCI publishes two regular issues and one special issue each year containing 6-8 refereed articles in the following tracks:

    - Academic Research: manuscripts focusing on theoretical development and empirical research (6,000-8,000 words)
    - Industry Insight: case studies portraying the local industry practices (4,000-6,000 words)
    - Global Perspective: reviews or commentary on local policies and industrial development which would bring potential impact to development of cultural and creative industries, a representation of the agency perspectives (2,000-4,000 words)

    The topic of the next special issue for The International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries is “Contemporary Curation: Theory and Practice”. We welcome academic articles, case studies, and viewpoints about the current practices and the challenges.

    The special issue explores both theoretical and practical aspects on contemporary curation. It covers key aspects of the history, theory and practice of curating from the 20th century up to the present day. We welcome papers that research and reflect upon a wide range of curatorial contexts from exhibitions, off-site projects, events, festivals, etc. The focus of this special issue is the application and dissemination of defined curatorial contexts and strategies from policy, strategic, experimental, empirical or theoretical perspectives. We welcome papers from curators, historians, critics, artists and event organizers to explore the shifting forms and diverse challenges of contemporary curation.

    To express interests in contribution, please email a 400-word abstract to the editor of the special issue by 28 January 2014:

    Dr Ming Turner, National Cheng Kung University

    Full paper is due by 30 April 2014.
    The special issue will be published in September 2014.

    For more detailed information about the journal and the submission guidelines, please visit http://www.ijcci.net/.
  • CFP: German Wood: Material and Metaphor from Forest to Fireside and Beyond (September 18-21, 2014)

    Kansas City | Dates: 09 Dec, 2013 – 07 Feb, 2014
    German Wood: Material and Metaphor from Forest to Fireside and Beyond

    “The German Forest has moved into the German living room,” wrote liberal politician Friedrich Naumann in response to a 1906 exhibition of modern wooden furniture designed by the progressive Munich architect Richard Riemerschmid and fabricated with the help of machines. What might sound at first like a humorous (or even ironic) comment on the overabundance of natural wood visible in Riemerschmid’s modern “machine furniture,” was actually freighted with economic, social, and cultural weight. For the material product of the “German Forest” – wood – was not only an important resource and major export of the lately established German nation, it had also constituted the utilitarian backbone of German domestic life for centuries; and its cultural resonance was rooted in the legendary Battle of the Teutoborg Forest, when Germanic tribes, emerging from the trees (as the story goes), had vanquished the Roman legions of Ceasar Augustus. But like the account of the Teuton victory – part history, part myth – the notion of a “German Forest,” as historian Jeffrey K. Wilson has recently shown, was a cultural construct: an abstract (though powerful) idea – not a concrete thing. The German lands enclosed a variety of wooded territories, each distinct in its topography and biology. But there was, in actuality, no single “German Forest”; the concept had been cobbled together – like the German nation itself – from various regional examples and traditions to form an ideal or myth of unity, ripe for public figures (like Naumann) to exploit.

    This interdisciplinary, diachronic panel will probe the paradox of abstract and concrete embodied by the entry of the “German Forest” into the “German living room.” Its aim is to reveal and untangle the interlaced complexities inherent in wood as indigenous material, utilitarian product, and cultural symbol. Proposals are welcome that consider the significance of “German wood” from any period and in any manifestation, in its dual role as object and concept. Topics might examine the role that German wood has played in confrontations between: past and future; the domestic and the wild; authenticity and artificiality; the living and the inert or “wooden”; naturalism and folklore; history and myth; the utilitarian and the symbolic; the prosaic and the poetic; the everyday and the marvelous; the vernacular and the cosmopolitan; science and spirituality. Historiographical and theoretical investigations, as well as specific case studies, will be considered. Proposals are encouraged that move beyond the reductive nationalist rhetoric of “the German Forest” to problematize images of Germans and their trees from the Teutons to today.

    Please email a C.V. and proposal of no more than 400 words by Friday, February 7, 2014 to: Freyja Hartzell Post-Doctoral Fellow in Material and Visual Culture, Parsons The New School for Design hartzelf@newschool.edu

    *You must be a current GSA member (2014 dues paid) at the time of application.
  • CFP: Midwest Art History Society (3-5 Apr 14)

    Saint Louis | Dates: 09 Dec, 2013 – 02 Jan, 2014
    The deadline for submissions to the Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference has been extended to Thursday, January 2, 2014.

    The conference will convene in Saint Louis, April 3-5, 2014 at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

    In addition to six thematic sessions, there are seventeen “open” sessions addressing broad periods and general topics.

    Proposals of no more than 250 words and a recent CV are due by Thursday, January 2, 2014 electronically to the respective chairs of individual sessions. The conference schedule and complete information for the call for papers is available on the society’s website.
  • CFP: Looking for Leisure. Court Residences and their Satellites, 1400-1700 (5-7 June 14)

    Prague | Dates: 09 Dec, 2013 – 31 Jan, 2014
    Abstracts of papers are invited by 31 January 2014.

    The aim of this colloquium is to draw attention to small buildings in residential complexes – small in size but not in importance – which were meant only for temporary, seasonal use, unlike the permanent use of the main palace. The role of the palazotto (literally, “small palace”, a term coined by Joseph Furttenbach in 1640) was to be a place of rest, leisure and repose, but sometimes it also took on a representative role similar to the main palace. These “satellites” were usually new buildings, and not rebuilt older structures; therefore they offer a much clearer view of the incentives, intentions and concepts of the clients and can be regarded as ideal models, or miniatures, of the main palace. No study of the early modern palace can be complete without taking them into account.

    The colloquium will study the relationship of the satellite to the palace and examine its function as pendant but also as counterpart or even opposite to large palatial buildings. The small palace usually made it possible to develop certain ideological and spiritual programmes that would have been difficult to achieve within the large palace. Only residential complexes that contained not just the main palace but also the palazotto, aspired to create symbolic images of the universe, the earthly paradise. There was a “dialectic unity” between the main palace as the permanent residence and the smaller, temporary and occasional house; the existence of a palazotto constituted an “added value” to the actual residence, the palatium.

    Abstracts of papers are invited by 31 January 2014. We welcome proposals that are comparative and synthetic, as well as detailed studies of particular cases. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words, and should be headed with the applicant’s name, his or her professional affiliation, and the title of the paper. All abstracts must be in English, which will be the working language of the conference, and the language in which papers will be delivered. All papers will be 20 to a maximum of 30 minutes in length. This should be borne in mind when writing your abstract. Abstracts should define the subject and summarize the questions to be raised in the proposed paper. With the abstract please submit a one‐page curriculum vitae, with your full contact details, including an e‐mail address. Send your proposal by e‐mail to the conference chair, Dr. Ivan Prokop Muchka (muchka@udu.cas.cz), with copies to the conference coordinator Dr. Sylva Dobalová (dobalova@udu.cas.cz) and the PALATIUM coordinator Dr. Pieter Martens (pieter.martens@asro.kuleuven.be). Only one submission per author will be accepted. All applications will be held in confidence during the selection process. All applicants will be notified of the acceptance or refusal of their proposal by 1 March 2014. Accepted abstracts will be published for open access on the PALATIUM website.