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CFP: CAA 2020 Lost in Translation: Early Modern Global Art History & the Digital Humanities

July 13, 2019

Wired! Lab director Paul Jaskot is co-chair of a session on digital art history at the College Art Association’s 2020 conference. The session is currently accepting proposals.

Deadline to submit: July 23, 2019

Proposal instructions

Session Date & Time: Thursday, February 13, 2020: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Session Location: Wilford C (Hilton Chicago)

Affiliated Society or Committee Name: Digital Art History Society

This session seeks to draw on two current art historical issues: 1) that many leading digital art historical projects are centered on examples from the early modern world; and 2) that there is a widespread need across art historical fields to look to strong exemplars to help model the inevitable acts of translation between and across humanistic and computational scholarship. This panel seeks papers that address any aspect of digital humanities work on an early modern topic. From Latin America to East Asia, from the Mediterranean basin to the Black Atlantic, outstanding work has been done in bringing data-driven methods to bear on art historical evidence. How have art historians negotiated the intellectual world of “technologists,” and do we have successful examples of new “languages” and other outcomes collaboratively forged by art historians and technologists? What have computational scholars found interesting or challenging in working with art historical datasets and questions? And, more broadly, why is the early modern world such a fecund area for art historical and computational discovery? In proposing these questions, we particularly encourage submissions from collaborative presenters and/or about collaborative projects that represent both digital and humanities’ perspectives. Our goal is to invite papers engaging crucial questions in early modern art histories—thus appealing to a large area of CAA interest—and papers that, in the process, also address the incorporation of computational methods. Proposals that emphasize the communication (or failure of communication) between digital and humanities’ approaches are especially welcome.

Field of Study:
Early Modern (1450-1800)
Digital Media (history and studio)
Digital Humanities


Paul B. Jaskot, Duke University –

Meredith J. Gill, University of Maryland –