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Occupying the Ivory Tower

Indiana University’s Art History Association seeks papers for its 27th annual graduate symposium: "Occupying the Ivory Tower." This year, we will create a constructive space for emerging academics and museum professionals to discuss and critique the very institutions we are training to inhabit. By challenging the notion of the “Ivory Tower,” we will examine the impact art and art history can have both inside and outside of the institutions that house them. We invite graduate students to join us in investigating the implications of our academic practice through reflexive thought and object-based inquiry by submitting papers that seek to critique and disrupt traditional canons in order to affect academic, political, and social change.

The symposium is scheduled for April 8, 2017 and will be held at Indiana University, Bloomington. A. A. Donohue, Bryn Mawr's Rhys Carpenter Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, will give the keynote lecture. We are encouraging the submission of papers engaging objects from any time period. Interdisciplinary work, alternative art historical practices, and non-traditional presentation methods are particularly welcome. Honoraria will be granted to all students attending from outside of Bloomington to present a twenty-minute paper.
The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, February 13, 2017.
Please forward the attached CFP to any graduate students to whom this topic might be of interest. Please direct any questions to