Call for Papers – extended to Dec 4, 2013

The 30th Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art
& Architecture- call for papers

Submissions Due: December 4, 2013
Symposium Dates: February 28 – March 1, 2014

See The Light



Light is vital to artistic creation throughout history and across geographic boundaries, whether it is used as a source, treated as physical material, or conceptualized symbolically and theoretically. The 30th Annual Boston University Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture invites submissions that consider the employment and reception of light in art and architecture.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: light as metaphor; light as medium; light and technological change; light as symbol; light and conservation; light in ceremony and ritual; the color spectrum of light; light in photography, film, and performance; silhouettes, projections, and other technical processes; representations of light and light sources; the corporeal experience of light; light and built spaces; and the material culture of illumination.

We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their studies, working in any area or discipline.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and selected speakers will be notified before January 1st. The Symposium will be held Friday, February 28 – Saturday, March 1, 2014, with a keynote lecture delivered by Professor S. Hollis Clayson at the Boston University Art Gallery on Friday evening and graduate presentations on Saturday in the Riley Seminar Room of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

S. Hollis Clayson is the Samuel H. Kress Professor at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, 2013-2014. She is Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History and History at Northwestern University. She has published widely on nineteenth-century French art and culture including two monographs, Painted Love and Paris in Despair. Her forthcoming book is entitled Electric Paris: The Visual Cultures of the City of Light in the Era of Thomas Edison.

A paper title, an abstract (300 words) and a CV should be sent to the Symposium Coordinator, Caitlin Dalton, at
The deadline for submissions is  December 4, 2013.

This event is generously sponsored by The Boston University Center for the Humanities; the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston University Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association; and the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery.



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