Calls for Proposals

Subject: CFP: The Digital Lives of Art History, Call for Members (London/Athens, 2018/2019)

London/Athens, September 3, 2018 – April 12, 2019
Deadline: Jun 1, 2018

Call for members: Major new Institute opens at King’s College London with Getty Foundation support

Institute in Ancient Itineraries: The Digital Lives of Art History

This 18-month Institute in Digital Art History is led by King’s College London’s Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) and Department of Classics, in collaboration with HumLab at the University of Umeå, with a grant support provided by the Getty Foundation as part of its Digital Art History initiative. Read more…

Call for Submissions for the 2018 ASA Program Cover Art Prize!

The African Studies Association is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the newly created 2018 ASA Program Cover Art Prize. We invite members to share their creative talents by submitting original artwork to be featured as the 2018 ASA  Program Cover. The Prize will be awarded to the artist whose submission best exemplifies and celebrates the Annual Meeting theme and is appropriate for the ASA Annual Meeting program cover.  Read more…

CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline 25 April 2018

CONFERENCE: Scholar-Activism in the Twenty-first Century

British Library, London, 22-23 June 2018

The topic of scholar-activism has seen a recent resurgence in our contemporary political moment.  To explore this topic, a transatlantic, scholar-activist conference will be held at the British Library on Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23. The conference will put scholars into conversation with activists to discuss how scholars and activists can work together, put recent social movements such as The Black Lives Matter Movement into scholarly and historical perspective, and highlight some ways in which scholars and activists in the US and UK are currently working together and engaging in efforts for social justice.  The keynote speaker for the conference will be Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, who will speak on “The Black Lives Matter movement in the Age of Trump.” Professor Heather Thompson, the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer prize, will also speak at the conference.

We welcome individual proposals from scholars, activists, and scholar-activists to participate in this conference. In particular, we welcome proposals from scholars and scholar-activists whose research helps to put current social activism in the US and the UK (including the Black Lives Matter movement, Justice for Grenfell, Decolonizing Education, the Poor People’s Campaign, and #MeToo among others) and challenges to this activism in scholarly and/or historical perspective. Papers and roundtables could, for instance, consider past social movements and historical developments in relation to present-day movements or put various aspects of current-day movements or challenges to these movements in a scholarly perspective. We welcome proposals for papers on these topics as well as proposals to serve on a discussion-based roundtable on these topics.

We also welcome proposals from scholars and activists who would like to present or discuss on a roundtable some of the ways that they are working together or working for social change. Finally, we welcome proposals from activists who would like to be part of roundtables to discuss the possibilities and potential pitfalls of scholarly involvement in their movements and the topic of scholar-activism more generally.

If you are interested in participating in this conference, please submit an abstract of up to 150 words on what you might like to present or be part of as well as a short (max 75-word) biographical summary to by 25 April 2018. Individual submissions are very welcome and panels will be created by the conference organizers once all the individual submissions are received. Scholars and activists who are already working together or scholars who are working on a larger project together are also welcome to submit proposals together. Feel free to email Melissa Milewski at with any inquiries.

Please note that all participants at the conference will be required to register for the conference via Eventbrite in order to attend. This conference is supported by the Sussex Centre for American Studies, the British Library, the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy in the UK.

Contact Info:

Melissa Milewski, Lecturer in American History, University of Sussex, England

Contact Email:


ASA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, November 8‐11, 2018

DEADLINE for proposals to the ACASA board: March 10, 2018

ADDRESS: Send proposals electronically to Cécile Fromont, ASA Liaison, and copy Liese Van der Watt ACASA Secretary,


ACASA sponsors one panel and/or one roundtable at ASA’s annual meeting.

We invite proposals for panels in all areas of the study of the arts of Africa, and we welcome submissions from professionals and scholars at all stages of their careers. Proposals are particularly encouraged that focus on this year’s theme of ENERGIES: POWER, CREATIVITY AND AFRO‐FUTURES. Read more…

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION for Edited Volume: Emotions, Art, and Religion in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, c. 1400–1800

The “emotional turn” has prompted numerous studies on the history of emotions in the medieval and
early modern periods. Many of these studies have been oriented towards texts rather than images,
although recently visual culture, especially among medievalists, has played a more prominent role in
these investigations. Read more…

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2018 Research Development Group for early-career scholars from African institutions

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications from early-career scholars based in Africa who are interested in attending the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting as part of a Research Development Group. Organized in partnership with African Studies Association (ASA) and the African Politics Conference Group (APCG), the Research Development Group will be a unique opportunity to advance current research towards publication, participate in the APSA annual meeting, and develop scholarly networks with colleagues. Read more…

CFP: The 2017 Postcolonial Studies Convention will be held at the School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London, from 18th to 20th September 2017. Paper and panel proposals are invited from academics, scholars and postgraduates with research interests in any area of postcolonial studies from any disciplinary, cross- or interdisciplinary perspective. Read more…

CFP: College Art Association Conference, New York City, February 15-18, 2017
Panel sponsored by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association


Artists have long ruminated on boundaries levied against bodies in the name of varied and often intersecting concerns, be they political, cultural, religious, philosophical, medicinal, or otherwise. This panel engages artistic activity that centers flesh, membrane, or skin as a site or means for questioning boundaries imposed from without. Although restricted to Africa and its diasporas, the panel is otherwise open to scholarly analysis of art work around this theme. For instance, panelists may consider artistic treatment of human, animal, or architectural flesh; haptic, optic, or other sensory experience wherein the flesh is principle conduit; flesh as fabric for mind-body exploration; (trans)national, psychoanalytic, or biopolitical studies that prominently situate flesh; censorship of flesh and artful activist endeavors to override it; or the poetics of flesh as material or metaphor for personal purpose. Other approaches to this topic are also welcome.

By August 30, interested parties should send a c.v., an abstract of no more than 250 words, a letter of interest and CAA’s Proposal Submission Form (see below) to Shannen Hill, All parties will be notified of the outcome by September 15.


  1. You must be current CAA members through February 18, 2017, and must register for the conference. Conference registration opens in mid-September.
  2. You may not participate in more than one session as a “speaker,” but you may give a paper in one session and serve as a chair, moderator, or discussant in another session. Exception: An individual who participates in a Professional Development Workshop as a speaker may present a paper in a general session.
  3. A paper that has been published previously or presented at another scholarly conference may not be delivered at the CAA Annual Conference.
  4. You must inform session chair(s) if you are submitting one or more proposals to other sessions in the 2017 Call for Participation.
  5. If your individual paper proposal was accepted to an open/un-chaired paper session in June, but you would prefer to participate in one of the chaired sessions listed in the 2017 Call for Participation, you must: (a) inform the chair(s) of this previous acceptance in your application form, and (b) inform CAA of this intention by August 30, 2016, via email to Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs ( You will not be removed from the open/un-chaired session unless your paper is accepted by the chair(s) of the chaired session. Please note: Previous acceptance to an open/un-chaired paper session does not guarantee acceptance to a chaired session. You may only give a paper in one session.
  6. Acceptance in a session implies a commitment to follow the deadlines outlined in this document, register for the Annual Conference (single-session registration is required; full conference registration is encouraged), attend that session, and participate fully in person.


Due August 30, 2016

Proposals for participation in sessions should be sent directly to the appropriate session chairs. Every proposal should include the following five items:

  1. Completed session participation proposal form, located at the end of this document. Make sure your name appears EXACTLY as you would like it listed in the conference program and conference website. Make sure your affiliation appears as the official, recognized name of your institution and do not list multiple affiliations. No changes will be accepted after September 15, 2016.
  2. Paper abstract (strict 250 word maximum) in the form of one double-spaced, typed page with final title for paper at top of page. Make sure your paper title and abstract appear EXACTLY as you would like them published in the conference program and Abstracts 2017; no changes will be accepted from you or your session chairs after September 15, 2016.
  3. Letter explaining your interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA membership status (all participants must be current members through February 18, 2017; inactive or lapsed members will be pulled from participation by December).
  4. Shortened 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.

Download the CAA Session Participation Proposal Submission Form here.


CFP: College Art Association, 2017 Annual Meeting, New York
Methods for the Study of Colonial Visual and Material CultureChair(s): John F. López, Skidmore College

With the turn towards visual and material culture, art and architectural historians have put to task the periphery-metropole binary, questioning the applicability and validity of art historical categories such as “artist,” “art,” and “genius” in colonial artworks. Inherent in this binary was the belief that hermetically sealed “superior” civilizations bestowed culture upon socially backward and morally corrupt societies in far away places. The discipline has already acknowledged that this unidirectional movement of culture is more myth than fact and that the periphery was not just a passive receptor of metropolitan models, but rather, a mutually constitutive body in a global network of artistic ideas, material exchanges, and aesthetic concerns. Attuned to the asymmetrical and incongruent relationship between colonial artworks and canonical art historical categories, scholars have offered a myriad of models, such as “mestizaje,” “prime object,” or “mutual entanglement” to name but three, as methodological inroads for locating and scrutinizing the production of art and architecture in a colonial context. Open to any geographic location and time period, the aim of this panel is to engage in a trans-regional discussion about the interpretative frames employed in the study of colonial African, Asian, and Latin American art and architecture. In doing so, the session chair welcomes papers that examine historical and historiographical themes, concepts, or problems from a methodological standpoint that aid understanding strategies for considering colonial visual and material culture. Please submit a paper abstract (250 words max.), CV, and session participation form by August 30 to


59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association
December 1- 3, 2016 Washington Marriott Wardman Park

DEADLINE for proposals to the ACASA board: February 29, 2016

ADDRESS: Send proposals electronically to
Cécile Fromont, ASA Liaison,
and copy Liese Van der Watt ACASA Secretary,

Conference Theme: Imagining Africa at the Center:
Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in African Studies
ACASA sponsors one panel and/or one roundtable at ASA’s annual meeting. We invite proposals for panels in all areas of the study of the arts of Africa, and we welcome submissions from professionals and scholars at all stages of their careers. Proposals are particularly encouraged that focus on this year’s theme of “Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in African Studies.

A panel has a chair, no more than four paper presenters, and a discussant. A panel proposal consists of 1) the panel title and abstract; 2) names, email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation of each participant on the panel; 3) paper titles and an abstract for all the papers. The panel abstract should consist of a statement about the topic and a brief summary of the main argument(s) to be explored (approximately 250 words). The quality of the panel abstracts is the main criterion for acceptance; a panel with a weak abstract or with two or more weak paper abstracts is unlikely to be accepted.

A roundtable consists of a chair and no more than five presenters. A roundtable proposal consists of a title, abstract, and the proposed roundtable participants. The roundtable abstract should consist of a statement about the topic and a brief summary of the main issues to be explored (approximately 250 words). The quality of the roundtable abstract is the main criterion for acceptance. A roundtable with a weak abstract is unlikely to be accepted.

An Author Meets Critic Roundtable consists of a chair and no more than five presenters. One of the five presenters must be the author of the work being discussed. If someone other than the author is submitting the roundtable, they must confirm that the author will participate if the roundtable is accepted. An Author Meets Critic Roundtable proposal must include the name and affiliation of the book’s author(s), the complete title of the book, the publication date and name of publisher, a brief statement on the significance of the book to African studies, and the names and affiliations of confirmed roundtable participants, and justification for why they were chosen.

Panel chairs must be members of ACASA. For those panels and/or roundtables accepted for ACASA sponsorship, all participants on a panel, including the chair and discussant, must be pre-registered to the ASA conference by May 31, 2016 in order to be accepted and listed in the program by ASA.

The ASA call for proposals is accessible at: