Call for Papers

Announcing the Fifth Annual


at American University in Washington, DC

Friday–Sunday, October 31–November 2, 2014


This annual conference builds on the legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy initiated by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard at American University. To further the inclusive spirit of their groundbreaking anthologies, we invite papers on subjects spanning the chronological spectrum, from the ancient world through the present, to foster a broad dialogue on feminist art-historical practice. Papers may address such topics as: artists, movements, and works of art and architecture; cultural institutions and critical discourses; practices of collecting, patronage, and display; the gendering of objects, spaces, and media; the reception of images; and issues of power, agency, gender,and sexuality within visual cultures. Submissions on under-represented art-historical fields, geographic areas, national traditions, and issues of race and ethnicity are encouraged.


The keynote speaker for the 2013 FAHC, Dr Patricia Simons, giving her talk “Devotion and Desire: Women Viewers and the
Case of the ‘Lesbian Nun’ in Early Seventeenth-Century Italy.”

To be considered for participation, please provide a single document in Microsoft Word. It should consist of a one-page, single-spaced proposal of unpublished work up to 500 words for a 20-minute presentation, followed by a curriculum vitae of no more than two pages.

Please name the document “[last name]-proposal” and submit with the subject line “[last name]-proposal” to

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014

Invitations to participate will be sent by July 1.

Keynote speaker: Professor Lisa Gail Collins, Vassar College

Sessions and keynote address will be held on the campus of American University

Sponsored by the Art History Program and the Department of Art, College of Arts and Sciences, American University

Organizing committee: Kathe Albrecht, Juliet Bellow, Norma Broude, Kim Butler Wingfield, Mary D. Garrard, Helen Langa, Andrea Pearson, and Ying-chen Peng


AU Master’s students during the 2013 keynote speech


New Faculty Announcement!

Last week American University Art History Program director Helen Langa announced the selection of a new Assistant Professor. After an extensive national search, Ms. Ying-chen Peng has accepted the position of Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art History and will begin teaching in the fall of 2014.

Ms. Peng is an ABD candidate at UCLA. She will complete her dissertation this spring. Her study is titled “Staging Agency: Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) and the Late Qing Court Art Production.” This work examines the ways that the Empress Dowager Cixi constructed her public and private identities through the patronage of different art mediums, using social history, visual culture, and discourses of literature and theatrics.

Ms. Peng has published several articles in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals on Asian Art, and is currently a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In the past she has served as Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Art History, UCLA, and Curator Assistant at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. She studied at UCLA and Taiwan University.

Next fall (2014) she will teach two courses: Arts and Material Culture of China and Women in East Asian Visual Culture. In spring 2015 she will teach Buddhist Arts of Asia and Modern and Contemporary Asian Art and Architecture

We look forward to welcoming Prof. Ying-chen Peng to AU and the Art History Program next fall!

Comprehensive Exams

Our second year students in the MA program took their comprehensive exams last weekend. Five hours of open book and open note essay questions. A few of them shared  “Before and After” photos of their work spaces:

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Thanks to everyone who shared their photos!

Upcoming Events

The spring semester is underway after a long winter break. Here are some noteworthy events, happening both on campus and off.

February 12-15. 102nd Annual CAA Conference, Chicago.

March 7 and 8. 44th Annual session of the Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art, University of Maryland and Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art.

March 23.  Emerging Arts Leaders SymposiumAmerican University Arts Management Program

March 29.  Robyn Mathias Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference,  American University College of Arts and Sciences

March 30. A. W Mellon Lecture series: How Jesus Celebrated Passover: The Jewish Origins of Christianity, National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium.

April 3. Distinguished Scholar Lecture Featuring Debra Diamond, Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Freer and Sackler GalleriesAmerican University Art History Program, Abramson Recital Hall.

April 6. A. W Mellon Lecture Series: Bearers of Memory and Makers of History: The Many Paths to Christian Antiquity, National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium.

April 13. A. W Mellon Lecture Series: Christian Origins and the Work of Time: Imagining the First Christians, National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium.

April 27. A. W Mellon Lecture Series: Relics and Ruins: Material Survivals and Early Modern Interpretations, National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium.

May 4. A. W Mellon Lecture Series: Martyrdom and Persecution: The Uses of Early Christian Suffering, National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium.

May 11. A. W Mellon Lecture Series: Constantine and Conversion: The Roles of the First Christian Emperor, National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium.