CfP: "Every Science Should Become Art," SECAC 2017

Please consider applying to and circulating the CFP for the SECAC panel "Every science should become art": Visualizing Science in the Long Nineteenth Century.
The long nineteenth century saw the rise and professionalization of the modern sciences, which reshaped how citizens imagined the universe and their places within it. From medicine's professionalization and the establishment of disciplines such as anthropology, pathology, biology, astronomy, and chemistry, to the publications of Charles Darwin, Louis Agassiz, and Rudolph Virchow, the long nineteenth century was transformed by science. Illustrated publications, periodicals, visual materials, artworks, pedagogical tools, including models, instructional charts, and diagrams, alongside organizations, societies, and departments of higher learning, helped to encourage, support, and cement the institutional and disciplinary hegemony of these newly professionalized scientific fields.

While science is often framed as the objective antithesis to subjective artistic expression, this panel seeks papers that instead probe their interconnectedness. We aim to explore the ways artworks aided the dissemination of scientific ideas, supported new theories or critiqued previous ones, visualized knowledge, and contributed to the rise of modern science from c. 1780-1914. Papers that are trans-national or address the global dissemination of scientific ideas are particularly welcome. Through this forum, our session seeks to understand how the visual arts contributed to scientific developments, promoted disciplinary agendas, and facilitated scientific understanding across diverse representational modes during this transformative period.
Session Chair: Naomi Slipp, Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University at Montgomery; Contact:
SECAC, Columbus, OH, October 25 - 28, 2017
Deadline: Apr 20, 2017

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