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Eco Art History: Genealogies, Methodologies, Practices, Horizons

Conference/Symposium | May 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library


Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles; Elisabeth de Bièvre, Professor of Art History (Emeritus), University of East Anglia; Natasha Eaton, Reader in the History of Art, University College London; Anthony Grudin, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Vermont; Meredith Hoy, Assistant Professor of Art History and Theory, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University; Monica Juneja, Professor of Global Art History, Universität Heidelberg; Gregory Levine, Professor of Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultures, University of California, Berkeley; Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor of Colonial Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Whitney Davis, Professor of History and Theory of Ancient and Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art, Institute of International Studies, University of California Humanities Research Institute;


Nuclear disasters. Acid rain. The mass extinction of animal and plant species. The devastating environmental crisis that the planet faces today has fundamentally transformed the way we perceive human interaction with the natural environment. New forms of thinking such as postcolonial ecophilosophy, actor-network theory, new materialisms, evolutionary-developmental aesthetics, and posthumanism have challenged Enlightenment distinctions between natural and human history. Can art history, a discipline primarily engaged in the study of human creativity, also breach the natural/human history binary? What would such a history of art and architecture look like? Inescapably located in deep time, the ecological is omnidirectional and rhizomatic in its scalarity. Therefore, rather than focusing on specific sites or temporal periods, the conference seeks to explore the interconnected ecologies of planetary systems and art and architecture practices across a longue durée. It aims to bring forth the genealogies, methodologies, practices, and horizons of ecologically-oriented art, architecture, and visual histories.

Speakers:
Lamia Balafrej (University of California, Los Angeles), Elisabeth de Bièvre (University of East Anglia), Whitney Davis (University of California, Berkeley), Natasha Eaton (University College London), Anthony Grudin (University of Vermont), Meredith Hoy (Arizona State University), Monica Juneja (Universität Heidelberg), Gregory Levine (University of California, Berkeley), Sugata Ray (University of California, Berkeley), Ivonne del Valle (University of California, Berkeley)

Organizers: Sugata Ray and Whitney Davis, Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

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