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CFP: Illustration and Its Histories: New Resources, New Voices, New Directions (New York, 27 Mar 2020)

Organized by the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and the Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College, New York City, this one-day interdisciplinary symposium brings together scholars, curators, and artists who are exploring new approaches to the study of illustration within historical and contemporary frameworks.

As a set of practices and a cultural force, illustration emerged in the 19th century as a new and distinctly modern phenomenon. A vital component of the visual languages of advertising, design, publishing, and entertainment, illustration is omnipresent in modern culture, yet its historical, contextual, and theoretical specifics have remained relatively unexamined. This symposium aims to bring together scholars, researchers, and practitioners across multiple fields who are interested in the history, practice, and subjects of illustration, and who want to contribute to the emerging field of illustration studies. It is meant to build on and amplify the important work done at a multi-day symposium on illustration at Washington University in St. Louis in the spring of 2019, also co-sponsored by the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies.

Call for Graduate Student Papers
In addition to panels featuring established scholars and curators, the symposium will include a special graduate student session featuring 7-minute “lightning” presentations. Graduate students are encouraged to apply to deliver papers on a wide range of illustration-based themes, including but not limited to:
-The ways in which technological innovations shaped the practice and look of illustration
-How illustration informed modes of viewing in the mass media
-Illustration and its relationship to ideas about class, race, gender, ethnicity, and national identity
-Illustrators and cultural agency
-The roles that women and artists of color have played in shaping the field of illustration
-Illustration understood within a transnational or international framework
-The labor, practice, and economics of illustration
-The contemporary popularity and influence of illustration

How to Apply:
Please email proposals for 7-minute papers, together with a two-page CV and a short biographical statement (100 words) by Monday, January 13, 2020 to Jana Purdy, Norman Rockwell Museum, at: For questions, please email Stephanie Plunkett, Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Norman Rockwell Museum, at:

Proposals Due: Monday, January 13, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Proposals should include: Name, mailing address, contact number(s), email, institutional affiliation, title of paper, and an abstract—maximum 200 words—of your proposed paper.

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Relevant research areas: 19th Century, 20th Century, Contemporary

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