The Society of Contemporary Art Historians (SCAH) aims to foster strong scholarship and promote collegiality within the vital field of contemporary art history. Major initiatives include a standing panel at the College Art Association annual conferenceRegional Groups, mentoring and career development, The Syllabus Project, the Foreign Language Index (FLI),and the distribution of relevant information through the Society’s website and  Google Group listserv. SCAH was founded in 2007 as an affiliate society of the College Art Association.

Visit our Resources page for more information on our initiatives and community resources. 

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Members and friends may also make additional donations to the organization using the Paypal link below.

The Society of Contemporary Art Historians serves members who work independently or who are affiliated with universities, museums, and foundations in the United States and around the world. Membership benefits include access to the organization’s Google Group listserv, networking and scholarship opportunities at the College Art Association Annual Conference, The Syllabus Project, the Foreign Language Index (FLI), and year-round programming, including guest speakers, roundtables, and workshops. Future funded initiatives include support for Regional Group gatherings, travel awards, and essay prizes.

Supporting members enjoy voting rights and have access to a private SCAH Google Drive for sharing resources.* They are also invited to the SCAH Business Meeting at the College Art Association Annual Conference.

Dues are collected annually on a rolling basis.

*To access the members-only Google Drive, your email address must be associated with a Google Account. Visit Google Accounts to create an email address.

To join SCAH or renew your membership:

1. Click the Membership Level of your choice (above). Send your dues via Paypal to @scahweb.

2. Whether joining or renewing, fill out this Google Form after completing your Paypal payment.

Google Group Membership

The SCAH Google Group is designed for SCAH members to interact with one another, ask questions, debate pressing issues, problem-solve, share resources, and discuss Society business. We hope that you will find it a useful and inspiring tool for connecting with fellow contemporary art historians.

Note that although this forum is managed through Google Groups, once you’ve signed up you can access it entirely through your email, similar to a Listserv.

To join, fill out this Google Form. The form will ask for your preferred email address,which will connect your membership to your existing account. If this address is not a Gmail, you will need to associate that address with a Google account. These help pages can assist you with signing up for a Google account.

Once you’ve signed up and our Communications moderator, Sarah, has added you to the Group, you’ll find the Society of Contemporary Art Historians group under “My Groups” in your Google Groups. Further instructions on posting to the group can be found at the top of the group’s page, including how to initiate and respond to threads through your email without having to return to Google Groups.

Regional Groups

Washington, D.C.
Valeria Federici

Katie Anania

Christopher Bennett

Johanna Gosse

New York
Dominik Izdebski

Southern California
H.C. Arnold
SCAH Regional Groups convene scholars, curators, artists, and arts professionals from diverse institutions who are invested in the study of the history of contemporary art. These groups aim to support the specific interests of scholars of contemporary art history while contributing to the organization’s overarching mission: to promote knowledge of contemporary art history and visual culture through facilitation of discussion groups, presentations of works in progress, and the active encouragement of research among its members.

We aim to connect scholars of contemporary art history across institutions in order to help them collectively identify, assess, and negotiate key issues facing their work and lives. These groups liaise with larger organizational bodies including the SCAH Executive Board and the College Art Association in order to address the specific interests and challenges of scholars of contemporary art history.

Current Regional Group projects include organizing reading groups and discussions, behind-the-scenes tours, gathering and sharing online resources, and holding regular meetings to discuss topics such as professionization, publishing, the job search, and tenure processes. Through these activities, SCAH endeavors to create robust local communities around the critical study of contemporary art history and cultivate active and resource-rich networks of and for scholars, teachers, and museum professionals.

If you are interested in launching or leading a SCAH Regional Group, please contact a member of our Executive Board.



Google Group Membership
Connect with the SCAH community.

Supporting Membership
Support the SCAH community.

Regional Groups
Find a SCAH group near you.

Programs and Initiatives

Upcoming Events
Meet and talk with SCAH members and visitors.

Annual Panel @ CAA
Information about past and future SCAH panels at the College Art Association Annual Conference. 

Past Events
A record of SCAH-sponsored events. 

The Syllabus Project
An evolving archive of contemporary art history syllabi.

Foreign Language Index
A collection of recent foreign-language scholarship on contemporary art. 

Recordings of selected SCAH events. 

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