Appel à communication : « The Modernities of French Art and Its History, 1780 to the Present  » (Washington, février 2016)

Edgar Degas, La Chanteuse, 1877-79, pastel sur monotype, Norton Simon MuseumFrom now-canonical studies that helped lay the methodological foundations of art history as a discipline to the extraordinary popularity of French art and ideas outside of the academy, the history of French art has become an influential tradition that has often been presented as synonymous with modernism itself.This session proposes a critical interrogation of the diverse histories of French art since 1780 to the present day. We welcome papers that look outside of, challenge, or run counter to hegemonic narratives. What critical possibilities (if any) remain for the study of French art’s modernities? We encourage approaches that interrelate the histories of specific images, objects, or narratives with reflection on the writing of those histories, or on broader historiographical tendencies, so that a set of fresh perspectives may emerge on this enduring yet highly mutable relationship between art history and modern France.

Panel at 104th College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC,  3-6 February 2016
Convenors: Natalie Adamson, University of St Andrews; and Richard Taws, University College London. Email: and

Deadline for submission of proposals to session chairs 8 May 2015. For full details on the conference and for guidelines for submission, please view the 2016 call for participation at or via the CAA website at


Dr Natalie Adamson
Senior Lecturer, School of Art History
University of St Andrews
79 North Street. St Andrews. KY16 9AL

Dr Richard Taws
Reader, History of Art Department
University College London
Gower Street. London. WC1E 6BT

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