CFP – Unmapped Routes: Photography’s Global Networks of Exchange

In the past two decades, scholars such as Christopher Pinney have pushed the boundaries of photography’s history by identifying local interpretations and appropriations of the medium outside Europe and the US. Although these contributions have addressed significant gaps in the scholarship, they have often failed to supersede static models of cultural exchange based on binary oppositions such as center-periphery, colonizer-colonized, local-foreigner, authentic-derivative. This panel encourages papers that move beyond dichotomized and nation-based histories to explore alternative circuits of exchange within the first one hundred years of photography’s history. For example, what was the impact of Asian photographers working in Africa in the late nineteenth century? Possible topics might include photographers who traveled along unexpected routes; photographs that circulated across borders via magazines, albums, or postcards; platforms through which information about photographic technology was communicated. This panel encourages papers that trace photography’s unmapped routes, expanding histories of this global medium.

Proposals due May 8, 2015

Guidelines for proposal submissions are found at:http://www.collegeart.org/proposals/2016callforparticipation

Every proposal should include the following five items:

1. Completed session participation proposal form, located at the end of
 this pdf, or an email with the requested 
information.

2. Preliminary abstract of one to two double-spaced, typed pages.

3. Letter explaining speaker’s interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA 
membership status.

4. CV with home and office mailing addresses, email address, and phone and 
fax numbers. Include summer address and telephone number, if applicable.

5. Documentation of work when appropriate, especially for sessions in which 
artists might discuss their own work.

The CAA (College of Art Association) 104th Annual Conference will take place February 3–6, 2016, in Washington.

Giulia Paoletti, Columbia University; and Beth Saunders, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Email: gp2243@columbia.edu and beth.saunders@metmuseum.org


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