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Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.
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Presentation: Decolonizing Art History Curriculum
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Over the last decade, art history and humanities departments in universities and colleges across the globe have been responding to calls to “decolonize their curriculum.” Art history associations have sent out surveys and questionnaires to curators, artists, and scholars asking them to respond to these calls and clarify the state of the discipline. There is contentious debate amongst scholars and practitioners about what “decolonization” means for a discipline rooted in imperialism and colonialist impulses. How can we reimagine art historical inquiry and education in a way that is self-reflexive, critical, and employs the visual to dismantle civic and structural inequalities? Through a brief presentation of my own pedagogy, research, and writing practice, and discussion forum, I want to examine what “decolonization” might look like and mean for art history education at MCAD.

Anna Chisholm has a PhD in art history from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and specializes in Contemporary Art and Critical Theory with an emphasis on critical race theory, African American art, and a secondary specialization in early modern visual culture in the Atlantic world. She has presented her work at the College Art Association, the American Studies Association, Performance Studies International, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of American Studies and the International Review of African American Art.

Image credit: 
Fred Wilson, An Account of a Voyage to the Island of Jamaica with the Un-Natural History of That Place, Institute of Jamaica, Kingston, 2007. Detail, Patrick Browne’s Civil and Natural History of Jamaica, pineapple specimen, and branding iron.