CFP: Afterwards: Art as Iterative Practice in the Roman Empire

Afterwards: Art as Iterative Practice in the Roman Empire

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – Saturday, February 15, 2014

Chicago, Ill
United States

College Art Association 2014, Chicago

Organizers:  Diana Ng, University of Michigan-Dearborn [email protected]; Molly Swetnam-Burland, The College of William and Mary, [email protected]

Often, scholarship of ancient Roman art and architecture focuses upon an artwork or monument’s first creation or construction. But what happens when we explore the histories of buildings, sculptures, or paintings as diachronic and disruptive, and examine their rich and varied afterlives? We encourage papers treating the social use of spaces for ephemeral activities, as well as papers addressing modifications to and re-use of individual artworks. How did Roman buildings come to function differently over time to accommodate new political and social realities? How did durable monuments serve as settings for the display of transitory materials, such as decrees or religious dedications? How did the reworking of sculpture create new relationships between subject and viewer? We invite papers investigating the economic and legal exigencies—such as the impact of cost and the responsibility of maintenance—of secondary interventions in the lives of Roman objects and buildings.

Please send abstracts to Diana Ng or Molly Swetnam-Burland.  CAA individual membership is required of all speakers.  For more information, see the CAA call for papers at