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A&A Graduate Symposium Event #2 Means and Meaning of Materiality in the Zoom Age

Joseph Litts, Ph.D. Student, Department of Art & Archaeology

March 24, 2022 · 12:00 pm1:20 pm · Zoom

Department of Art & Archaeology; Humanities Council; Princeton University Art Museum; Center for Collaborative History; Center for Digital Humanities; Department of African American Studies; Department of German; The Graduate School; GradFUTURES; Department of Anthropology

This event takes place in the frame work of the Princeton Art & Archaeology Graduate Symposium “Has Anything Changed? New Strategies and Adaptive Methodologies in Art History Since COVID-19”

Joseph Litts (PhD Student, Department of Art & Archaeology) will lead a workshop, which revolves around the following questions: what are the politics and possibilities within artistic media, techniques, and practices? Can materials have a politics? In this event, attention will pivot from thinking solely about the object in its physical form – long entrenched as the status quo – towards looking at high-quality photographs, digital reproductions, catalogue notes, and other forms of object engagement that became more commonplace since the COVID-19 pandemic. The participants will examine what new doors are opened by these increased channels of looking at an object, and how new ways of looking, thinking about, and engaging with these objects and transmuted materialities can reshape our approach to art history. For this event, scholars at all stages are invited to nominate an art object for close, digital looking in a group workshop format to facilitate discussion.

Please note that registration is required.


Princeton Art & Archaeology Graduate Symposium

Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 4:30 PM–6:00 PM ∙ Zoom
Thursday, March 24, 2022, 12:00 PM–1:20 PM ∙ Zoom
Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 12:00 PM–2:00 PM ∙ Zoom
Saturday, April 2, 2022, 11:00 AM–3:00 PM ∙ In-person | 12:00PM–1:30 PM Zoom

All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time

Register to join Zoom

Sign up by March 29 to attend the April 2 in-person portion (limited seating)

About the Symposium
The symposium centers on the theme of changes at a time of global crises. More specifically, it calls on participants to consider the effects of COVID-19 on scholarship in the humanities. Contributors to the symposium investigate how people and institutions must adapt to changing global circumstances, not only in the economic and political sphere, but in art, culture, and society.

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