Clemson University Call for Papers

ASAP/7 invites proposals from scholars and artists on the relations between the public--broadly conceived - and contemporary visual, literary, performing, musical, and media arts. From parks, schools, and museums to monuments, performances, and protests, the public encompasses less a specific domain than a varying set of political institutions, community spaces, and cultural objects. Whether construed as virtual or bureaucratic, as utopian or ecological, the public can be both a catalyst for artistic production and an object of cultural critique. Although we gladly accept outstanding proposals on any topic relating to the contemporary arts, we encourage participants to think inventively about the intersections between and among the public, its manifestations and conceptualizations, and the arts of the present.


"Outsider," Self-taught, and DIY Art
Social Protest and the Arts
Monuments and Anti-monuments
Private and Civic Life
Land Art
Art Squats and Artist-run Collectives
Pedagogy and Art Education
Media Ecologies
Political Aesthetics
Neoliberalism and Late Capitalism
The Commons
Urban Planning, Bureaucracy, and Built Environments
Regional/Transnational Geographies
Landscapes, Cityscapes, Soundscapes
Gender, Sexuality, Spectacle
Spaces of Race, Ethnicity, Migration
Temporality, Commemoration, Futurity
Design, Architecture, and Infrastructure

The program committee will consider papers on these or any other topic relating to the contemporary arts. In keeping with our mission, we are especially interested in sessions that feature more than one artistic medium and more than one national tradition. The program committee will give preference to panels and roundtables that feature papers by scholars and artists working across and between disciplines.


We welcome and encourage creative and alternative presentational styles, alongside traditional papers and panels. Seminars, workshops, panel debates, artist discussions, films, installations, visual displays, and PechaKucha sessions will all be considered. Seminar leaders are asked to propose topics by the deadline and to submit the full roster of participants by 3.15.2015. Seminars normally meet for a single session, and papers are circulated among participants in advance of the conference.


Abstracts and session submissions should include the following information:

1. Title of paper or session

2. Author(s): name and contact information (including email address)

3. Format and style of presentation

4. Abstract or session description:

• 300-word abstracts for individual papers; or

• 700-word abstracts for:

Panels (3-4 participants)

Roundtables (5-9 participants)

Seminars (8-10 participants)

Other formats

5. Brief descriptions (up to 150 words) of work and publications for each participant

6. Optional: up to two jpeg images, each under 2MB, to complement your proposal

Proposed sessions should include speakers from more than one institution. We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, academic ranks, and institutional positions, as well as from practicing artists in any medium.



For more information, see:

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ASAP home page:

Department of Art History Conference "The Culture Wars: Then and Now"


The Culture Wars: Then and Now Graduate Symposium

Friday, March 27, 2015

Keynote Speaker

Amelia Jones, Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design and Vice Dean of Critical Studies, University of Southern California

Extended Deadline

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In 1994, queer performance artist Ron Athey presented excerpts of his performance Four Scenes in a Harsh Life at the then-underground performance venue Patrick's Cabaret, under the aegis of the Walker Art Center. Athey's infamous performance sparked a national debate around art and censorship and ultimately led to the slashing of the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts, nearly eliminated grants to individual artists, and had a powerful, chilling effect on controversial artwork.

Twenty years later, The Culture Wars: Then and Now asks: how does this controversy reverberate in the current local and national cultural landscape? This symposium reconsiders Athey's performance and its legacies for queer performance both in the Twin Cities and on the national level. What effect has Athey's performance had on the practice of local artists? How did the controversy surrounding Athey's performance in Minneapolis affect the local community, and how has it been written into (or occluded from) local and national histories? In what ways do we discuss Athey's performance in performance studies, queer studies, queer history, and art history?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Contemporary queer and feminist performance and artistic practice regionally or nationally
Histories of queer and feminist artistic practice regionally or nationally
Issues of archiving performance
Difficulty and vulnerability in art, theatre, and performance
Abjection, disgust, destruction, and repulsion
Theorizations of flesh, the body, marking, and scarring
Journalism and ethics in reporting on queer events and issues, especially art, theatre, and performance
The legacies of the Culture Wars

We strongly encourage proposals from across disciplines. Please submit a proposal title, abstract for a 20-minute presentation of no more than 300 words, and CV to by Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Selected participants will be notified by email soon after the application date.

The symposium's organizers are Lauren DeLand, PhD (Department of Art History, Macalester College, and Aron M. Lorber (PhD candidate, Department of Art History, UMN,

The Culture Wars: Then and Now (March 26-28, 2015) is a weekend of events that revisits and reconsiders Athey's performance in multiple contexts and formats. Scheduled events include:

A conversation between Ron Athey and Jennifer Doyle (Professor, Department of English, UC Riverside) on Thursday, March 26, at the Walker Art Center;
Graduate presentations and community panels on Friday, March 27, at the University of Minnesota); and,
Multidisciplinary performances on the evenings of Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, at Patrick's Cabaret.

The Culture Wars: Then and Now is sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Patrick's Cabaret, and the Walker Art Center. The graduate symposium is sponsored by the Departments of Art History; Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature; English; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; History; Political Science; and Theatre Arts and Dance; as well as the Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies.

Queer Studies Instructor Needed for Two courses at Oberlin

OBERLIN is in need of an instructor to teach two queer studies classes this semester starting February 1st. One course in an introductory course with an enrollment of 30 and the second is an advanced seminar on queer theory with 17 students.

ACLS Public Fellows 5th Annual Competition

ACLS has opened the fifth annual Public Fellows competition. In 2015, the program will place 22 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at partnering nonprofits and government agencies and fellows will receive a stipend of $65,000 per year. The application deadline is March 17th, 2015. Click here for more information.

Graduate Assistant Editor Position at Notches International Blog

Notches an international blog on the history of sexuality is seeking 1-2 graduate student assistant editors. Notches is supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre, and we echo its mission of making history accessible to the widest public. With a viewership of over 100,000 and more than 3,500 subscribers, Notches provides a critical space for those within and outside of academia to learn about the most exciting new work in the field of the history of sexuality. Notches also encourages a global focus, not only in terms of the content of posts, but also in the conferences and special events in the history of sexuality that we cover. Participating in Notches will provide you with an opportunity to gain experience in digital and public history, to develop your professional network, and to introduce your own research to a broader audience.

We seek assistant editors who can help with the following tasks: soliciting new contributions, researching conferences and events for our Dispatches feature, researching images and acquisition, updating Notches' Facebook page and Twitter feed, compiling book lists and ordering book copies for our Author Interviews and Reviews feature, and assisting in the upkeep of the blog.

We are looking for someone with strong communication skills, an interest in digital humanities and public history, and is eager to be part of a successful international blog. Applicants should be graduate students working in the history of sexuality and may work from any location. We are looking for someone who can contribute a maximum of 5 hours of work per week. A minimum commitment of one year is required. This position, like all editorial roles at Notches, is unpaid.

To apply, please send a 1 page cover letter and CV to Dr. Lauren Gutterman at

University-Required Form for Students Registered for AMST 8444

Full blog entry:
Students Registered for AMST 8444: The University requires that all who are registered for 8444 complete their form, the "application for advanced doctoral status". This form is to be kept on file with the department each semester that you register for AMST 8444.
Click here to link to the form: Or, if you prefer to have a hard copy printed for you, let Melanie know. Please obtain your adviser's signature and submit to Melanie as soon as possible. You do not need to obtain the DGS signature as Melanie will do so.

Graduate Student Connections Meeting

FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD YEAR COHORTS the second Connections meeting of the year will be Monday, January 26th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Immigration History Research Center Job Opportunity

THE IMMIGRATION HISTORY RESEARCH CENTER ARCHIVES is pleased to offer the opportunity to join them in their work in collecting, preserving, and providing access to historical sources. Students with exhibit preparation skills or skills in languages other than English are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information and to apply.

University Job Fair at Minneapolis Convention Center

Greetings U of M Students!

Need a job or internship now or in the future? Wondering what employers are looking for YOU?

Come to the biggest student career fair in Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair! More than 250 companies and organizations will be there recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships.

Join us Friday, February 20, 2015, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis. Visit for registration instructions, prep tips, and information about the employers attending. Free transportation to and from campus is provided!

The Fair is open to all students and recent alumni of the U of M. Cost is $10 if you register online by February 17, 2015, or $25 at the door on the day of the event. A limited number of need-based fee waivers are available--please apply by January 22 (early bird deadline) or Feb 12 (final deadline). Visit the Registration page to learn more.

Job and Internship Fair registration also gets you a FREE professional headshot photo for your use on LinkedIn and other social media platforms! Photographers will be onsite at the Fair during the entire event.

NEW for 2015 - we're on Guidebook! After you register for the Fair, download the free Guidebook app to your mobile device and search for "University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair." You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps, and general event information.

Disability accommodations are available upon request. Please make your request at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Contact the Career Services Center at 612-624-7577.

The U of M Job and Internship Fair happens just once a year! Register NOW!

Questions? Comments? Let us know at or 612-624-7577.

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