Call for Papers: For a New Wave to Come: Post-1945 Japanese Art History Now

call for papers [150-2]PoNJA-GenKon10th Anniversary  Conference

Japan Society, New York  City
September 12, 2014, Friday, afternoon  workshop
“Reports from the Field: On Archival Documents” co-organized with Japan Society and NYU’s  East Asian Studies
15-20 minute  presentations

September 13, 2014, Saturday, afternoon  symposium
“New Scholarship” (tentative  title)
co-organized with Japan  Society
15-minute presentations (student panel, x5  papers)
20-minute presentations (professional panel,  x 4 papers)

For both, we would like you to send us  below:

1) your proposal, no more than 500  words
2) your CV, no more than 2  pages
3) if you want to attach image(s), no more  than 1MB (please learn to scale
Send to:
Due: March 20

Please specify CFP A/student, CFP  B/professional, or CFP C/workshop. For all of these, you are welcome to submit  more than one proposal (two new ideas or two terrific archival documents) or  apply for more than one slot (panel and workshop). This is because we want to know what members are working on as much as possible. Although we don’t have specific critical frameworks right now, a theme or two may emerge from a bigger  pool of proposals. However, we would also like to have as many members  presenting, so you will have only one paper to present during the two days of  the program.
General Parameters
Proposed papers should be based on original and critical research within the following  parameters:
1) the paper must address the work of art  and related media (e.g., visual culture, such as film, design, architecture,  manga, etc.) produced after 1945
2) the artist(s) must have been either born  in Japan, of Japanese descent, or active in Japan
3) the work must demonstrably relate to  aesthetic or socio-political situations in Japan after  1945.
CFP A/student, 9/13
CFP B/professional, 9/13
With this conference, we would like to  understand and present the latest scholarship in our field. In other words,  proposals should address: “What’s cooking now?” Therefore, we want unpublished  materials that will hopefully point to new directions of our  field.
CFP C/workshop, 9/12
Recently, archives have emerged as a new  subject in art history worldwide. While creating and organizing an archive is a  relatively new effort, using one as a researcher/scholar has been a historian’s  basic methodology. Although archival discoveries feed into our scholarship, the  thrill or surprise of finding something unexpected in an archive barely enters  into our discourse. However, that is in no small manner one of the driving  forces behind our efforts in constructing history. This workshop is planned as  an occasion to share our experiences. As such, the presentation can be less  formal than the 9/13 panels.
Just one archival document may provide a  glimpse into history, or even a new revelation about history. Conversely, a  document may only deepen questions, pointing to new avenues of inquiry. Archival  materials are in that sense, “objects” of interest for any historian, in art or  otherwise. Part of the “return to objects” (as opposed to theory), this workshop  invites presenters to share their archival findings and demonstrate how they  relate to their study of history.
Here, archives can be broadly interpreted.  It can be institutional or private, it could be a library’s special collection  (such as Tokyo Bunkazai Kenkyuujo’s “exhibition postcard collection”) or  uncataloged museum holdings(such as Matsuzawa Yutaka materials from Art &  Project at MoMA). Those materials require active “digging up” from hidden (i.e.,  unpublished or unpublicized or unlisted) places.

Please direct any question to
Organizing Committee
Co-Chairs: Reiko Tomii and Miwako  Tezuka
Honorary chair: Alexandra  Munroe
Members: Ming Tiampo, Midori Yoshimoto, and  Mika Yoshitake

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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