Call For Speakers

Art Historians of Southern California Virtual Panel | March 3-5, 2022 | Submission Deadline: Sept. 16, 2021

The Art Historians of Southern California (AHSC) is an affiliate society of the College Art Association (CAA) and is pleased to present the panel “Art History and Social Justice in Practice” at the CAA 2022 Annual Conference. The panel will be presented virtually, taking place between March 3-5, 2022, during the virtual portion of the conference schedule. We are excited to create space to share insights and perspectives on the unique ways that students and  professionals in the arts are enacting social justice in their practices, with particular attention devoted to practices associated with or located in Southern California. Below you will find the abstract description of the panel’s goals and the details for submitting a proposal for participation.


Panel Title: Art History and Social Justice in Practice

Panel Abstract: The Art Historians of Southern California (AHSC) welcomes a conversation in community with artists, art historians, curators, and other arts professionals who have found ways to advance forms of social justice in their work and encourage the abolition of longstanding injustice, such as pigmentocracy and heteronormativity, within the art world. We seek to bring together panelists with diverse perspectives and practices to discuss a range of strategies and tools aimed at decentering traditional frameworks of art history that are rooted in colonialism and coloniality. From the classroom to the museum to the studio and beyond, we invite meditations on the inclusion of non-traditional content, interdisciplinary research, critical race theory, notions of collectivity, and ancestral knowledge in our scholarship, and discussions of actionable steps to produce tangible improvements within our field and in society at large. 

We wish to create a safe and open space to highlight the diverse social justice arts practitioners already active across Southern California to learn in community and inspire new models to challenge racial, social, and economic inequality.

How to Submit: Please submit your proposal for participation in the form of an abstract description of your presentation ideas (250 words max) and your contact information (preferred name and an active email address).

Abstracts can be sent directly to through Thursday September 16, 2021.