90th Annual Conference College Art Association

Venue: Philadelphia

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 05, 2000
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Philadelphia 2002
Call for Session Proposals

Introduction and Call for Proposals
The Annual Conference Committee invites session proposals that cover the breadth of interest in current thinking and research in art, art and architectural history, theory and criticism, pedagogical issues, museum and curatorial practice, conservation, and developments in technology.

The process of fashioning the programs is a delicate balancing act. The 2002 program will be shaped by three broad submission categories: Historical Studies, Contemporary Issues/Studio Art, and Educational and Professional Practices. Also included in the mix are sessions presented by Affiliated Societies, committees of the CAA Board of Directors, and, for balance and programmatic equity, open sessions. The majority of sessions, however, are drawn from submissions by individual members, and the committee depends heavily on the participation of CAA membership in the Conference.

The committee welcomes session proposals that include the work of senior scholars and artists, along with that of younger scholars, early-career artists, and graduate students. Particularly welcome are those that highlight collaborative and interdisciplinary work. Artists are especially encouraged to propose sessions that are appropriate to dialogue and information exchange relevant to artists; these sessions need not conform to traditional panel formats; indeed, experimentation is highly desirable. Sessions might bring together scholars in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to anthropology, history, economics, philosophy and religion, literary theory, and new media. In addition, the committee is seeking topics that have not been addressed in recent conferences or areas that are underrepresented.

Session Categories

Historical Studies
This category broadly embraces all art historical proposals up to the early twentieth century.

Contemporary Issues/Studio Art
This category is intended for studio art proposals, as well as those concerned with contemporary art and theory, criticism, and visual culture.

Educational and Professional Practices
This category pertains to session proposals that develop along more practical lines and address the professional concerns of CAA members as teachers, practicing artists and critics, and museum curators.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

The Proposal
Prospective chairs must submit eighteen copies of their session proposals to the Conference Director, Emmanuel Lemakis, at the College Art Association. Each copy must include:

1) a completed proposal form
2) a one-page statement describing the topic of the session and explaining any special or timely significance that it may have for a particular field or discipline
3) a c.v. of no more than two pages in length
4) a self-addressed, stamped postcard, so that CAA can acknowledge receipt of your proposal (or send your proposal via certified mail)

The Annual Conference Committee will consider proposals from CAA members only, and once selected, session chairs must remain members in good standing through 2002. No one may chair a session more than once in a three-year period (i.e., individuals who chaired sessions in 2000 or 2001 may not chair a session in 2002).

The Annual Conference Committee will make its selection solely on the basis of merit. Where proposals overlap, CAA reserves the right to select the most considered version, or, in some case, to suggest a fusion of two or more versions from among the proposals submitted.

The committee may invite open sessions (sessions from members who have not submitted proposals, but whose expertise would, in the committee's opinion, be important to shaping a balanced program). In so doing, the committee will consider a number of factors, including what topics were not covered in recent conferences.

Each CAA Affiliated Society and Committee of the Board of Directors may submit one proposal that follows the call of proposals and the guidelines outlined above. The Annual Conference Committee will consider it, along with the other submissions, on the basis of merit.

Proposals should be sent by mail to: Conference Director, Sessions 2002, CAA, 275 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001.

Deadline: September 15, 2000