SOUTHEASTERN COLLEGE ART CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 24-27, 2001
>University of South Carolina, Columbia SC
>CALL FOR PAPERS for Session on Immigrant Artists in the Modern Era
>Deadline for proposal submissions is March 25, 2001.
>"Preservation, Acculturation, Assimilation, Resistance: Immigrant Artists
>the Modern Era"
>This session will focus on artists who have moved from their original
>birthplaces to new social, historical, and cultural contexts over the past
>two centuries. Often coming from cultures or communities significantly
>different from their newly adopted ones, they faced conflicts over the
>preservation or jettisoning of older familial and cultural values, tensions
>surrounding their acculturation or assimilation to new environments, and
>anxieties provoked by both hostility to and over-eager acceptance of
>"outsiders," expressed in varied ways.
>Construction of new artistic and social identities in conditions of
>transition, diaspora, and/or exile takes multiple forms and raises complex
>issues. For artists relocated into diasporic social communities, identity
>construction has often been framed within notions of preserving shared
>cultural essences, although new theoretical approaches suggest that such
>essences are already ruptured and discontinuous even while linked to
>narratives of a shared, continuous history. Opportunities for cultural
>affirmation and/or preservation are often contradicted by desire to claim
>new possibilities and initiatives. Artists who made their moves as
>individuals faced somewhat different concerns, shaped by alienation and the
>confrontation of racialized constructions of "difference" in their new
>geographic locations, as well as discovering unexpected ties to extended
>diasporic communities they had not anticipated.
>I welcome papers that discuss any aspect of these complex processes that
>have engaged many modern and postmodern artists, and particularly encourage
>research that draws on recent critical work in post-colonialism, diasporic
>studies, cultural studies, and race and gender theory.
>Please send 1 page proposals with 1-page CV to Prof. Helen Langa,
>of Art, Watkins Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW,
>Washington DC 20016-8004 by regular mail or fax (202) 885-1132. You may
>email questions but NOT proposals to [log in to unmask] Presenters at
>SECAC must join the SECAA.
>Associate Professor, Art History