CALL FOR PAPERS – African American Art History: Present Coordinates

Boston University
History of Art & Architecture
African American Art History: Present Coordinates
November 11-12, 2022

Boston University’s Department of the History of Art & Architecture is hosting a symposium featuring five late-stage doctoral candidates and recent postgraduates (within three years of defending) in the field of African American art history on November 11–12, 2022. The symposium will feature presentations on recent research, networking opportunities, and a concluding roundtable. This program is committed to advancing the connection and collaboration between diverse members of the Boston University community and emerging scholars of African American visual art, material culture, and architecture. The: African American Art History: Present Coordinates symposium will provide honoraria and travel expenses for the panelists to travel to Boston.

Early-career scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are invited to submit proposals for 45-minute research presentations on a topic of their choosing. Proposals may engage the current state of the field of African American art history; consider innovative and interdisciplinary methodologies; or investigate alternative frameworks and unstudied artists.

Community conversations and roundtables will follow panelists’ presentations. Eminent art historian Dr. Patricia Hills, Boston University Professor Emerita of American & African American Art, will also attend networking opportunities. Emerging historians and the Boston community will have the rare chance to participate in cross-generational conversations about the field of African American art history.

The organizing committee includes Shannon Bewley, PhD Student, Department of History of Art & Architecture; Louis Chude-Sokei, Professor of English, Director of the African American Studies Program; William D. Moore, Associate Professor American Material Culture; John Ott, Ray and Margaret Horowitz Visiting Professor in American Art; Alisa Prince, specialist in African American photography and new Postdoctoral Scholar at the BU CAS Society of Fellows; and Kim Sichel, Professor of History of Photography & Modern Art.

Late-stage doctoral students and recent PhDs who work on African American topics in visual, material, and architectural culture are invited to submit a presentation proposal.

Applicants should send one email with a single PDF including a 300-word abstract, a 50-word biography, and their CV to symposium organizers Shannon Bewley ( and Kim Sichel (

Proposals are due on May 15, and participants will be announced in June.