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Panel at ASECS 2021

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Posted by: ASECS
Deadline: Tue, September 15th, 2020

Panel at ASECS 2021 (Toronto, April 8 - 10, 2021): Visualizing the French Empire in the Eighteenth Century

In recent years, art history’s “global turn” has worked to acknowledge the vital role that non- Western cultures and imperialism played in the formation of European art and material culture. This commitment to more inclusive narratives has had a pronounced impact on many fields that privilege and address eighteenth-century art and history. For example, the study of British culture in this period has in many instances been fully eclipsed by the emergence of a “British Atlantic World” and a model of empire that no longer views colonies in isolation from metropolitan centers, and vice versa. This phenomenon is comparatively less pronounced among scholars of French art and those exploring the various legacies of France’s “first” overseas empire, which at its height stretched from Cayenne to Québec and also included points in Africa, India, and the Indian Ocean. This panel seeks to address, and hopefully redress, this disparity. We are interested in two lines of inquiry: first, historiographical and methodological papers that explore why, exactly, French visual culture (inclusive of canonical art and material culture) of the long eighteenth century has received less of a global perspective within art history; second, papers that take on this global perspective in exploring topics and themes within the visual culture of a larger, lived French colonial experience.

Submissions can be emailed to Izabel Gass ( or Philippe Halbert ( by September 15, 2020.

Posted on Thu, July 2nd, 2020
Expires on Tue, September 15th, 2020

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