Allison Young Receives the 2016 HBA Travel Grant

I’m delighted to announce that Allison Young is the recipient of the 2016 HBA Travel Grant. She’ll be presenting her paper “The Image of the ‘Riot’ in Gavin Jantjes’ Political Prints” in the panel Afrotropes at the 2016 College Art Association Annual Conference in Washington D.C., to be held February 3–6.

As Allison notes in her application:

My paper considers a series of screen-prints made by the South African artist Gavin Jantjes in the late 1970s and 1980s, while he was living in exile in London after almost a decade in Hamburg. Janjtes’s work was informed by his entry into a local artistic milieu, and reflects visually the influence of British Pop artists such as Joe Tilson and Richard Hamilton, while also sharing with these artists an interest in the media’s role in steering public discourse on social and political topics. My paper focuses on his use of British newspaper clippings documenting the 1976 Soweto Uprisings in South Africa, when militarized police opened fire during a student protest. I argue that meaning may also be read in light of similar events escalating concurrently in Britain, most notably in the aftermath of riots at the 1976 Notting Hill Carnival. . .

[The paper] highlights the ways in which foreign-born and minority artists are central, not peripheral, to the history and evolution of British art in the twentieth century. Jantjes’s presence in the London art scene in the 1980s, as an artist, writer and curator, had an undeniable impact not only on the development of his own practice but also on the British organizations with which he was involved, including the Arts Council of Great Britain, where he was a key consultant in forging the Council’s policy on cultural diversity, and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts).

Congratulations, Allison!

Kim Rhodes

Call for Papers | HBA Young Scholar Session, CAA 2016

Historians of British Art Young Scholar Session
College Art Association, Washington, D.C., Friday, 5 February 2016, 7:30–9:00am

Proposals due by 18 December 2015

The Historians of British Art, a CAA-affiliated society, seeks papers for an upcoming mini-session of work by emerging scholars to be held during the HBA Business Meeting at CAA in Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2016). Current or recent graduate students are invited to submit proposals (if a Ph.D. recipient, the degree must have been earned within the past three years). Papers may address any topic related to British art, architecture, and visual culture and should be limited to fifteen minutes. This is an opportunity for informal presentations of new or ongoing research followed by open discussion.

To submit a paper for consideration, please send the following items to Craig Hanson, HBA President, at (1) a one page abstract; (2) a C.V. (limited to two pages).; and (3) a brief cover letter explaining interest in the field. The deadline for submission is December 18, 2015. Upon selection, each presenter will be requested to join HBA if not already a member.

HBA Publication Grant

Proposals due by 15 January 2016

Each year HBA awards a grant to offset publication costs for a book manuscript or peer-reviewed journal article in the field of British art or visual culture that has been accepted for publication. To be eligible for the $600 award, applicants must be current members of HBA. To apply, send a 500-word project description, publication information (correspondence from press or journal confirming commitment to publish and projected publication date), budget, and CV to Kimberly Rhodes, HBA Prize Committee Chair, by 15 January 2016.

HBA Travel Award for Graduate Students

Proposals due by 15 October 2015

HBA is accepting applications for this year’s Travel Award. The award is designated for a graduate student member of Historians of British Art who will be presenting a paper on British art or visual culture at an academic conference in 2016. The award of $750 is intended to offset travel costs. Applicants must be current members of HBA. To apply, send a letter of request, a copy of the letter of acceptance from the organizer of the conference session, an abstract of the paper to be presented, a budget of estimated expenses (noting what items may be covered by other resources), and a CV to Kimberly Rhodes, Prize Committee Chair, HBA, The deadline is October 15, 2015.