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25 Oct 2010

CALL FOR PAPERS: Reconsidering the Historiography of the Historical Avant-Garde(s)

Peter Burger, Theory of the Avant-Garde, 1974.

Graduate Student Symposium - Reconsidering the Historiography of the Historical Avant-Garde(s)
The Ph.D. Program in Art History, The CUNY Graduate Center


Deadline for submission is
November 19, 2010 Symposium on April 8, 2011

Michelle Jubin

The CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave
New York, NY
10016, USA

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Graduate Student Symposium

April 8, 2011 at The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY


Reconsidering the Historiography of the Historical Avant-Garde(s)

The Ph. D. Program in Art History of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York invites submissions for a graduate student symposium on the historiography of the 20th century's 'avant-garde' movements in art, architecture and design. With recent major museum exhibitions on Dada and the Bauhaus, it has become clear that the discourse surrounding what Peter Bürger has termed in {please italicize] Theory of the Avant-Garde (1974) the 'historical avant-garde' has become dense enough to demand critical reconsideration. This one-day conference will explore the potential of historiography as a basis for a critical reconsideration of movements such as the Bauhaus, Constructivism, Dada, and De Stijl. We seek papers that foreground and critically engage with the historiography of the historical avant-garde(s) as an essential strategy for uncovering blind spots in existing discourse and exploring ways in which it can be redirected, revised, and if necessary, overturned.

The doctoral program in Art History at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York exists, by nature of its vertical campus, in close proximity to many other academic disciplines, including comparative literature, sociology, history, and philosophy. In an effort to encourage dialogue across these fields, we offer this conference to encourage interdisciplinary submissions and welcome participants working in a variety of fields and media.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words for a 20-minute talk and a CV to the conference organizers, Samuel Sadow ( and Michelle Jubin ( by Friday, November 19, 2010. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in early December.