SCAH Annual CAA Panel


As an affiliate society of the College Art Association (CAA), SCAH organizes a standing panel at the CAA annual conference.

Forthcoming at the 108th CAA Annual Conference, Chicago, February 12-15, 2020:

The Status and Stakes of Contemporary Art History Publishing Today
with Susan Bielstein, Dushko Petrovich, Rebecca Uchill, Anuradha Vikram, and Lucas Zwirner

This panel gathers prominent figures from diverse corners of contemporary art publishing for an informal discussion about the state of the field, particularly as it bridges academia and the larger art world. Among the questions to be considered are: What are the current pressures shaping the direction of academic publishing on contemporary art history topics? How are art historians and artists both inside and outside the academy to navigate today’s diverse platforms of arts publishing? To what extent are criticism and the exhibition catalogue essay now accepted as forms of scholarly output? What are the forces that pressure writers to focus on particular artists at given moments? To what extent is Fair Use being utilized in regard to image reproductions and permissions? Is the desire for critical historical writing on contemporary art dead, and if not, where is it most vividly alive? How might contemporary arts writers better leverage their expertise to reclaim the critical powers of their voice?

Previous SCAH Panels at CAA:

2019 What is Contemporary Art History, Now? 10 Years of SCAH (Pamela M. Lee, Tobias Wofford, Daniel Quiles, Suzanne Hudson, Alexander Dumbadze)

2018 Sites of Micro-Community (Roberto Tejada, Jennifer Doyle, Saloni Mathur, Susanna Newbury)

2017 Contemporary Art History: Temporal Frames and Geographic Terrains (Steven Nelson, David Joselit, Irene V. Small, Anneka Lenssen)

2016 Exhibition History as Contemporary Art History (Lynne Cooke, Glenn Phillips, Julian Myers-Szupinska)

2015 Histories and Economies of Contemporary Art (Rhea Anastas, Katy Siegel, Howard Singerman, Nato Thompson)

2014 Identity Politics: Then and Now (Hamza Walker, Gregg Bordowitz, Joan Kee, Dieter Roelstraete)

2013 The Social, the Relational, and the Participatory: A Reevaluation (Martha Rosler, Anton Vidokle, Shannon Jackson, Julia Robinson)

2012 Digging Where You Stand (Kellie Jones, Michelle Kuo, Frank Smigiel)

2011 Critical Histories (Barbara Rose, Diedrich Diedrichsen, Thomas Crow)

2010 Contemporary Art History in 2020 (Hannah Feldman, Amelia Jones, Robert Storr)

2009 What is Contemporary Art History? (Grant Kester, Pam Lee, Richard Meyer, and Miwon Kwon)