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  • Member News: a conversation with Margaret Samu featured on the ASEEES site

  • CFP: Infiltrating the Pedagogical Canon (SHERA at CAA 2015, New York, 11-14 Feb 2015)

    Extended Deadline: August 1, 2014

    The Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA, invites submission of proposals for the following sponsored panel:

    Infiltrating the Pedagogical Canon

    As researcher-educators in specialized fields, how do we effectively incorporate the content of our scholarly work into our everyday teaching? In many art and art history departments, rare is the opportunity to teach upper-division courses focused on our field of research. Art history surveys generally include, at best, a handful of significant objects from the entire history of Eurasian, Eastern European, and Russian art, only a few amongst many global perspectives that traditionally lie beyond the scope of standard art history curricula. Contextualization of such works within a culturally specific framework, distinct from yet connected to the metanarratives of “Western” and “Non-Western” art, remains challenging. How do we incorporate the question of the work addressing local concerns versus international art audiences into teaching? How does this kind of problem open up new perspectives on how our students do art history? Teaching a mixed population of students who may range from recent immigrants and heritage speakers to students for whom the name “Lenin” lacks signification, how do we spark an interest in globally diverse art in students of all levels, from novices to more advanced?

    This panel invites submissions of theoretical discussions about the importance of incorporating culturally specific art into standard art history curricula, practical examples of curricular innovations involving global and transnational perspectives on art, as well as specific case studies focused on non-canonical objects or contexts that encourage discussions of both local and global perspectives. Submissions may deal with any chronological period. Papers that explore questions regarding the infiltration of Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European objects and narratives into the standard teaching canon—as well as transnational projects—are preferred, but we also welcome projects that can provide a broader network of global perspectives to the conversation.

    This panel seeks to engage questions on both practical and theoretical levels, providing attendees with take-away material to immediately employ in the classroom, rationale for how and why to focus on culturally specific, globally diverse art within a broader art-historical context, and inspiration for bridging the gap between scholarly inquiry and pedagogy in these fields.

    Submit proposal abstracts of 500 words or less, along with a current CV of 1-2 pages, to Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Kent State University at Stark, Submissions must be received by email by August 1, 2014.

    This session will be free and open to the public. Accepted panelists must become members of SHERA, but need not be members of the College Art Association (CAA), nor register for the CAA conference.

  • CFP: Propose a SHERA-sponsored session for CAA 2016 in Washington, D.C.

    Deadline: Friday, August 15, 2014

    SHERA’s officers are seeking proposals from anyone wishing to chair or co-chair a 2.5-hour SHERA-sponsored session at the annual conference of the College Art Association (CAA) to be held in Washington, D.C., 3-6 February 2016.

    A SHERA-sponsored session must have a broadly-formulated theme that explicitly appeals to the full range of our members’ interests, both geographical and chronological. Successful SHERA-sponsored themes have included “Decentering Art of the Former East” (2014) and “Reconsidering Art and Politics” (2015).

    Please send your session proposal to by Friday, August 15, 2014.

    Once SHERA has selected the proposal it would like to sponsor, the chair or co-chairs will then submit it to CAA’s Annual Conference Committee by Friday 12 September.

    For more information on the proposal process, see
    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

    You do not need to be a member to submit a session proposal to SHERA, but if your proposal is chosen by SHERA, then you must join both SHERA and CAA before you submit it to CAA’s Conference Committee in September, and remain a member of both organizations through the 2016 conference.

  • Call for proposals: 1.5-hr SHERA panel at CAA 2015

    As an affiliate of CAA, SHERA is eligible for an hour-and-a-half special session at the upcoming CAA conference, to be held February 11-14, 2015 in New York. We are looking for volunteers to chair or co-chair a SHERA-sponsored panel and to come up with a broadly-formulated theme that explicitly appeals to the full range of our members' interests, both geographical and chronological. Since SHERA already has a 2.5 hour session on an art-historical theme being co-chaired by Maria Taroutina and Galina Mardilovich, we would especially welcome proposals on teaching methods and strategies, or a non-panel format such as a round table discussion.

    Please send your ideas and proposals to by May 15.

    Apart from coming up with a theme and a call for papers, the chair(s) will need to find three speakers for the 90-minute session. The deadline for submitting this information to the CAA website, including the speakers’ names and titles of their papers, is June 20, but the submitted information may be modified until September 5.

    You have to be a member of SHERA to chair a panel and present at CAA. However, you do not have to join SHERA to be considered as a chair or to submit a paper proposal. Once your proposal is accepted, you are expected to join our organization.

  • CFP: Reconsidering Art and Politics: Toward New Narratives of Russian and Eastern European Art (CAA Annual Conference, New York, February 11-14, 2015)

    Paper proposal submission deadline: May 9, 2014

    Session sponsored by the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)

    Panel co-chairs: Galina Mardilovich, independent scholar; and Maria Taroutina, Yale-NUS College

    From Ivan III’s Russo-Byzantine “Renaissance” to Stalin’s Socialist Realism and the Pussy Riot performances, much of Russian, Eastern European, and Soviet art history has been narrated in relation to various institutions of power. This relationship has often been reduced to one of binary opposition: perceived complicity on the one hand, and militant defiance on the other. We invite papers that challenge these interpretations and highlight the complexity of artistic responses produced at the nexus of aesthetics and politics. Did propagandistic or ideological art possess important subversive qualities? Conversely, did ostensibly apolitical art engage with contemporary politics, imperialist ambitions, or questions of nationalism and religion? Were the divisions between official and unofficial art more fluid than currently understood? And last, can a reevaluation of these distinct categories generate new methodologies and narratives of Russian and Eastern European art?

    Please send paper title, abstract (300-500 words), curriculum vitae and letter of interest to both Galina Mardilovich ( and Maria Taroutina ( by May 9, 2014.

    Please note that potential candidates need not be members of CAA or SHERA in order to submit their abstracts; however, if accepted, they will need to join both by the time of the conference.

  • SHERA Board Member Eva Forgacs Hosts International Travel Grant Recipients at CAA

    SHERA Board Member Eva Forgacs Hosts International Travel Grant Recipients at CAA

    At CAA's annual conference in February, SHERA board member Eva Forgacs served as host for three recipients of the International Travel Grants funded by CAA and the Getty Foundation. Thanks to this initiative, we had a great new opportunity for scholarly exchange that we hope will continue in the future. Eva's account of her experience can be found in this post.

  • SHERA Business Meeting at CAA 2014 Chicago Announced

    SHERA Business Meeting at CAA 2014
    Thursday, 13 February 2014, 5:30-7:00pm
    Astoria Room, 3rd Floor
    Hilton Chicago

  • SHERA Panel at CAA 2014 Chicago Announced

    SHERA Panel at CAA 2014 Chicago Announced
    Decentering Art of the Former East
    Astoria Room, 3rd Floor, Chicago Hilton
    Thu, Feb 13, 2014 (12:30 PM - 02:00 PM)