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Newberry Seminar in European Art


Focused on the history of European art, from its origins through the nineteenth century, this seminar provides a forum for presenting current research, as well as a venue to bring together a diverse community of art historians for intellectual exchange, collegial conversation, and debate. We construe art history in broad terms, embracing painting, sculpture, graphic art, architecture, caricature, manuscript illumination, book arts, and material culture. Each year we invite papers that cross and challenge borders both within and outside the discipline; engage questions of methodology and ideology; examine dynamics between form and content; probe the categories of race, ethnicity, status, and gender; and reflect critically on the state and outlook of the field. Papers are precirculated, enabling the seminar to be devoted to discussion.

The coordinators for the Seminar in European Art are: Diane Dillon, The Newberry Library; Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library; Lia Markey, Newberry Library; and Walter Melion, Emory University.

The European Art Seminar Call for Proposals for 2018-19 seminars is now OPEN. Proposals for 2018-2019 will be accepted until June 1, 2018. Also, the Newberry is planning a major project for 2019-2020 focused on the American Midwest. Proposals related to this project would be most welcome. The European Art Seminar will meet on October 5, and December 7 in 2018 and March 1 and May 10 in 2019.

We encourage papers that draw upon the Newberry collection. In addition to a classroom seminar format, presenters may request a hands-on workshop with original materials from the collection; please indicate interest in this option in your proposal.

To submit a proposal, visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Click here to see the 2018-2019 Call-for-Proposals flyer. Scholars whose papers are selected may apply for a travel subsidy of up to $450. The Newberry is unable to provide additional funds for travel or lodging, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations.

For further information, please contact Scholarly Seminars at the Newberry at

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Past European Art Seminars