October 24, 2012

Synchronicity in Latin American and U.S. Latino Art from the 19th century to the Present

The University of Texas at Austin

The Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) in UT-Austin’s Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce the third annual International Forum for Emerging Scholars this October.  Throughout the three-day global symposium, 14 panel discussions with 68 international scholars from over 29 research institutions will gather to investigate the multitude of perspectives that inform the artistic production and discourse of Latin American and U.S. Latino art from the 19th century to the present. Laura Malosetti Costa of Universidad Nacional de San Martin will act as this year’s Keynote Speaker.

The topic for this year’s forum is centered around the idea of synchronicity, an apparently meaningful coincidence in time of two or more similar events that are causally unrelated. The forum seeks to present multiple, if sometimes dissonant, voices in order to call into question existing national and international historical narratives. Participants will present alternate modes of historiography that break down causality and homogeneity in favor of more critically comparative methods that better facilitate an understanding of artistic production at disparate moments and locations. This approach encourages scholars to think in wider terms, beyond established topics, in relation to other geographical and historical developments.

“Questioning established narratives, we seek to host, through rigorous and specific case studies, modes of historiography that propose comparative perspectives,” says Dr. Andrea Giunta, Director of CLAVIS and Professor of Art History, “With fourteen discussion panels, this forum will present multiple voices in a concert of vibrant international exchange of knowledge.”

This year’s panel discussions are the result of an overwhelmingly successful call for papers from emerging scholars from 10 different countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Mexico, U.K., U.S.). Discussions are organized into 14 sessions, each with four participants and a moderator. The topics of these discussions relate to the idea of synchronicity and include, among others, Picturing Abstraction, Disobedience/ Collaboration, Shifting Canons, and Gendered & Queered Bodies.

The 2012 Forum is further strengthened as a result of the co-sponsorship by CLAVIS-Center for Latin American Visual Studies, Department of Art and Art History at University of Texas at Austin; RASC/a “Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture,” Southern Methodist University; the Graduate Program of the Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (IDAES-UNSAM); the Graduate Program in Visual Arts (PPGAV) of the Escola de Comunicação e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo (ECA-USP); and the Graduate Art History Program of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

For more information and forum program, please visit:

About CLAVIS, Center for Latin American Visual Studies
The Department of Art and Art History’s Center for Latin American Visual Studies, CLAVIS‐Modern + Contemporary Art, is a focal point at the University of Texas at Austin for the advanced understanding of modern and contemporary art between the Americas. With resources that make it unique in the international context, the CLAVIS brings together the excellence of campus‐wide scholars, museum and library professionals, associated faculty, and comprehensive collections to outline a complex vision today of Latino / American art and its evolving modernity.


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