Call for Papers for a session at this year's Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in Roanoke, VA, October 20-22, 2016:
Encountering Race and Ethnicity in Folk, Self-Taught and Outsider Art
Race and ethnicity have become major components in discussions around folk, self-taught, and outsider art. While these qualities often suggest ideas of community and shared identity and help us to understand the background of the artists, race and ethnicity have also been constructed around biographies of artists in ways that conflate and reduce the work of highly varied artists into large sweeping categories that are marginalizing. Eugene W. Metcalf noted, “Many of the concepts and approaches that have been used to define black art and folk art closely resemble one another,” which he argued “relegates black art to categories in which it is undervalued and misunderstood, and it perpetuates the social stereotypes that afflict black artists in particular and black people in general.” What does talking about race and ethnicity add or take away from our engagement with artists in these broad categories? How might dialogue about race and ethnicity related to these categories of art move them into larger conversations about race and art in general? With this in mind, this session seeks papers that address any issue related to race and ethnicity in the work of folk, self-taught, and outsider artists from all geographical locations and time periods.
Session chairs: Trista Reis Porter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Edward Puchner, McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about SECAC, abstract guidelines, and submission procedures available at: http://www.secollegeart.org/conference.
Please use SECAC's online form and submit your abstract and CV. The form can be found here: 2016 Call for Papers.
Due no later than midnight on April 20, 2016.
Trista Reis Porter
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill