HGSCEA at CAA 2018, Lost Angeles

HGSCEA at CAA 2018

106th College Art Association Annual Conference
Los Angeles, February 21–24, 2018

HGSCEA Session

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2–3:30
Los Angeles Convention Center, room 501A

Critical Race Art Histories in Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe

Chair: Allison Morehead, Queen’s University


Rebecca Houze, Northern Illinois University,
“Cultural Appropriation and Modern Design: The Art Colony at Gödölló in Critical Perspective”

Patricia G. Berman, Wellesley College,
“Whitewashing Whiteness in Nordic ‘Vitalism'”

Bart Pushaw, University of Maryland,
“Visual Reparations: Scandinavian Privilege and the Discontents of Nordic Art’s Colonialist Turn”

Kristin Schroeder, University of Virginia,
“From Sideshow to Portrait: Race and Gender in Christian Schad’s Agosta, the Pigeon-Chested Man, and Rasha, the Black Dove (1929)”

Critical race theory, which entered art history through postcolonial analyses of representations of black bodies, has remained relatively peripheral to art historical studies of Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe, whose colonial histories differ from those of countries such as Britain, France, and the United States. At the same time, art historical examinations of white supremacy in the Nazi period are frequently sectioned off from larger histories of claims to white superiority and privilege. Centering critical race theory in the art histories of Germany, Scandinavia, and Central Europe, this panel will consider representations of race in the broadest of terms — including “white makings of whiteness,” in the words of Richard Dyer. We invite papers that together will explore the imagination and construction of a spectrum of racial and ethnic identities, as well as marginalization and privilege, in and through German, Scandinavian, and Central European art, architecture, and visual culture in any period. How have bodies been racialized through representation, and how might representations of spaces, places, and land — the rural or wilderness vs. the urban, for instance — also be critically analyzed in terms of race? Priority will be given to papers that consider the intersections of race with other forms of subjectivity and identity.