Art History That (also known as AHT) is a project created by Karen J. Leader and Amy K. Hamlin to curate, crowdsource and collaborate on the future of art history. The links on the left navigate to the various manifestations of our ongoing project, launched in February 2014.

News and Announcements                                          

July 3, 2020: Last year, CAA convened a new committee - Services to Historians of Visual Arts Committee (SHVAC) - to specifically address the concerns facing historian members of the organization (encompassing specialists in any facets of art, architecture, design, material culture, and visual culture). As co-chairs of this committee, we are recruiting new members to join our already active team. Among other initiatives and activities, we have been energized by an inspiring series of CAA committee roundtables convened in the context of COVID-19. Please contemplate joining our team by applying in advance of the August 31 deadline. Thanks for considering and please share widely. 

Go to: https://www.collegeart.org/news/2020/06/15/join-a-caa-professional-committee-2020/


January 7, 2020: Targeting Cultural Sites is a War Crime. Please click, write to your reps. and share the link on social media.



June 25, 2019: We couldn't be more honored to get a mention in this excellent post published by our colleagues at Material Collective. Recent Elon art history graduate Emily Clark writes of the many ways our teaching and learning can nudge us toward a more ethical art history. http://thematerialcollective.org/ten-proposals-for-a-more-ethical-art-history/


June 8, 2019: We are excited to be adding new and creative contributions to our crowd-sourced Manifesto. Click over and read them out loud. I AM FOR AN ART HISTORY THAT...

Then, send us your own additions to iamforanarthistorythat@gmail.com

I am for an art history that dreams in color.


July 29, 2018: While we are hard at work on various projects including some exciting writing, we have one announcement. We're thrilled to be playing a role in this CAA 2019 session with our friends at Art History Teaching Resources. See the link at the end for full details:

State of the Art (History): Engaging Difficult Topics In And Out Of the Classroom
Chair: Parme P. Giuntini - Otis College of Art and Design
Email: pgiuntini@otis.edu

From introductory surveys to upper division courses, Art History classes are increasingly sites for discussion of “difficult topics.” Controversies around the removal of Confederate Monuments and the popular activism inspired by movements like #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and #NeverAgain have called attention to inherent bias and systemic racism embedded within our cultural and academic institutions, and within our own disciplinary practices. Addressing these issues often involves projects and applied learning activities that encourage students to engage with the issues beyond the classroom, reinforcing the relevance of Art History to unpacking and critically analyzing the issues involved. Faculty teaching these topics must not only deal with the sensitivities and difficulties of raising controversial issues in the classroom, but also the pedagogical challenges that inevitably occur with a diversity of student positions and the need to be thoughtful and inclusive in order to foster authentic debate. We invite proposals for seven-minute lightning talks on courses, projects, pedagogies, and activities that offer strategies for engaging, fostering, and facilitating discussions on difficult topics at all levels of Art History instruction. The session will be facilitated by ArtHistoryTeachingResources.org (AHTR) in collaboration with Art History That. 



We're so pleased to be part of "Collective," a Roundtable discussion with several of our colleagues from The Material Collective at the upcoming International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) in Kalamazoo. Legendary for its blend of scholarship and playful conviviality, the ICMS promises to catalyze conversations and  collaborations for the future of art history. Check out our paper proposal below.

Does working collaboratively or as a collective naturally lead to building community? It’s an aspirational assumption that is grounded in hope, but does it sustain a reality? When does collaboration merely reproduce the habits of the solo scholar? How might this tendency be tempered to promote authentic exchange of knowledge to fortify scholarly disciplines? These are questions that Art History That (AHT), a collaborative project to imagine a sustainable future for art history, has pursued since its founding. What does art history as collective social practice look like? Through its various initiatives including conference papers, published commentaries, and organized events, AHT aims to press diverse voices and initiatives into this work. In this Roundtable presentation we will offer justifications for collaborative efforts and introduce promising examples, including our own collaborations with Material Collective. At the same time, we will investigate some drawbacks to the collective model in order to spur discussion intended to re-think and move beyond familiar ways of collaborating. In their short, and smart 2016 book The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy, Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber entwine collaboration with community and collegiality, insisting on a fourth as well, conversation. Kalamazoo is famous for a fifth ingredient in this stew, conviviality. Locating scholarly innovation, creative breakthroughs, or institutional progress that emerges from conditions of shared and cooperative models, bodes well for sturdy resistance to the corporatization of the academy.


I am for an art history that s #CAAadvocacy. Thanks to the many who spent some or all of our day with us at CAA 2017. And to our panelists and discussants, who expertly forwarded the conversation on many crucial topics. And to Material Collective for their superb intervention called "The Dinner Party: Invitations Long Overdue." Stay tuned for more #ArtHistoryEngaged. We will be posting the content of some of our sessions in the coming weeks.


Thanks to Molly Davy for these photos of the sessions "Defining and Exploring Socially Engaged Art History" (left) and
"Art History Plays with Food" (right).


I am for an art history that practices #CrisisPedagogy. We are so honored to be co-sponsors of #CrisisPedagogy, a teaching resources sharing party hosted at e-flux on Friday, February 17 from 7-10pm. More information can be found here. Hope to see you there!


We've got a little something going on in this new CAA programming initiative called Saturday Symposia.

Check it out, and please share widely!


Art History Plays with Food!

We are absolutely delighted to have joined forces with our dynamic friends at Art History Teaching Resources to promote undergraduate research at CAA. Check out the Call for Posters and assignment prompts, and consider integrating food-related art history research into your fall courses. Details on crafting an effective poster presentation can be found here.


We are honored to have been asked to organize a day of sessions at CAA 2017, which we have dubbed "Interventions in the Future of Art History." See our Program Preview below.

Of particular urgency, we call your attention to two Calls for Papers:

Call # 1: Defining and Exploring Socially Engaged Art History (page 28)
Call # 2: What Have You Done for Art History Lately? 2017 Edition (page 23) 

Please submit by Aug.31, and PLEASE share. What Have YOU Done for Art History Lately?


Details coming soon. Watch for our CFPs and other announcements. Be very excited. We are.


We had a great turnout at #CAA2016 in D.C. for our second ‪#‎ArtHistoryEngaged‬ rally with our friends at Material Collective. We had lots of substantive conversations about how an engaged art history can help fortify, sustain, and even shape the future of our field. Let's get out of our scholarly and curricular comfort zones! Watch this space for more adventures, and activate the hashtag on all your social media platforms.



We've teamed up with our friends at Material Collective for another round of #ArtHistoryEngaged at #CAA2016. Join us for purposeful play, as we build the art history of the future. 


We're pleased and honored to be a part of the Open Forum on Advocacy Issues at the upcoming CAA conference in Washington D.C... Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more detailed updates on #CAAadvocacy!


"SECAC2015 Reflection: Socially Engaged Art History"

Here at AHT, we're honored to have published our first contribution to an initiative we've long admired, Art History Teaching Resources Weekly. Please read our reflection on the SECAC2015 session "Socially Engaged Art History" and our collaborative launch - with Material Collective - of #ArtHistoryEngaged!


If you're in Pittsburgh this Friday evening, October 23, join us at the Wyndham Grand for aspirational dialogue and action items around #ArtHistoryEngaged. Details below.

We are getting excited about our newest project and collaboration, which we'll launch at SECAC in Pittsburgh, Oct.21-24, 2015. Stay tuned for news!
#ArtHistoryEngaged is coming....

Update, May 4, 2015: We are delighted to announce that our proposal, “What Has Art History Done for You Lately? Initiatives for a Social Practice” has been accepted for the session Socially Engaged Art History at the 71st annual meeting of SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) in Pittsburgh. You can read the CFP and our proposal here.
See you in PA, October 21-24. http://www.secollegeart.org/conference

For a wonderful summary of our CAA 2015 session "What Have You Done for Art History Lately?," check out the reflection posted to Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR) by session participants Karen Shelby and Michelle Millar Fisher. Thank you Karen and Michelle!


We are pleased to report that our CAA 2015 session "What Have You Done for Art History Lately: Initiatives for the Future of a Discipline" generated significant buzz and more than a little FOMO. Impressive initiatives, galvanizing opening and closing remarks, and a lively Q&A have launched countless conversations and, we hope, new ideas and collaborations. We will be posting the contents of the session here in the coming weeks. Our thanks to all who participated and attended and have been supporters of this project along the way!


Please join us on Friday, February 13, 2015 for our session at the 103rd College Art Association Conference in New York City. Our session - What Have You Done for Art History Lately? Initiatives for the Future of a Discipline - features the following eight presentations and two discussants. Registration required.

Time: 02/13/2015, 2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Location: Hilton New York, 3rd Floor, West Ballroom

Wölff: Slide Comparisons for the Tablet
Gregory Bryda, Yale University

Where Art History Takes Us; ‘Raise Your Banner High!’ Mounting a ‘Take Back the Night’ Event: Visual Culture, Community Engagement, and Feminist Practice on a University Campus
Colleen J. Denney, University of Wyoming

Building Community/Valuing Academic Labor: Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR)
Michelle Millar Fisher, Museum of Modern Art; Karen D. Shelby, Baruch College, City University of New York

“State of the Arts”: An Art History Today Podcast
Tina Rivers Ryan, Columbia U
niversity; Sarah C. Schaefer, Columbia University

How to Turn the Public Areas of a Community College into an Educational Art Museum and Build a Serious Art Collection with a Budget of Fumes
Andrea L. Siegel, Hudson County Community College

Practical Professional Practice: Enlisting the Alumni Panel for Promoting Art History, Art-Making, and Happiness
Kim S. Theriault, Dominican University

Art History for Artists: Experiments from an Indian University
Sarada Natarajan, University of Hyderabad

Selling Art History Outside the Classroom: Targeting the Audience, Changing the Paradigm
Sarah E. Diebel, University of Wisconsin–Stout

Discussants: Matthew W. Israel, Artsy; Patricia Mainardi, The Graduate Center, City University of New York


Click here for our co-authored essay in the Fall 2014 issue of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art Newsletter. The full newsletter is a benefit of membership in AHNCA. In our contribution, we offer some "crisis management" suggestions for the crisis in art history.

n.b. The authors have received permission from the AHNCA Newsletter editor to share this essay.


We are energized and inspired after a weekend of formidable scholarship and warm collegiality at the Fifth Annual Feminist Art History Conference at American University. The title of our presentation was: "What Has Feminism Done for Art History Lately? History, Activism, and Initiatives for the Future." Among other things, we procured this superb addition to our crowd-sourced manifesto, Art History That:
"I am for an art history that isn't afraid of feminism."
Our thanks to the conference organizers!


On Thursday, September 25, 2014 we presented - virtually - in an international workshop at CentrArt in Budapest. Titled MATT: Müvészettörténet - Adaptáció - Tudás - Társadalom (Art History - Adaptation - Knowledge - Society), this workshop aimed "to provide a forum for innovative, progressive, proactive and even provocative ideas and approaches" to the future of art history. Our presentation was called "What Have You Done for Art History Lately? Keywords for the Future of a Discipline." Click here for a program of the entire workshop. View a recording of our 10-minute presentation here:



Also, read our Commentary in Visual Resources on art history's star turn in media culture at the beginning of 2014: Leader-Hamlin Visual Resources Commentary - June 2014.
n.b. This is the Authors' Accepted Manuscript of the article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Visual Resources on June 4, 2014, Volume 30, Issue 2 pp. 138-144 | DOI: 10.1080/01973762.2014.908100 available online.
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