OPEN CALL: Connecting Art Histories Programme at Dhaka Art Summit and Asia Art Archive

Deadline: 28 February


Dhaka Art Summit (DAS), based in Bangladesh, is looking for 20 emerging scholars to join a team of leading international faculty to investigate parallel and intersecting developments in the cultural histories of modern South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Titled ‘Connecting Modern Art Histories In and Across Africa, South, and Southeast Asia’, the research program is conducted by DAS, Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM) at Cornell University, and Asia Art Archive, with support from the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative.

The programme will cover both core concepts and emerging perspectives from postcolonial, decolonial, transnational, transcultural and global discourses, with seminar topics that range from art and social difference, creolisation, exhibition histories, post-colonial nationalisms, media and popular culture, multiple modernisms, pedagogy, and transnational networks, among others. 

Participants will be actively engaged in the sessions as experts in their own respective disciplines. By presenting two papers during the course of the program, early career scholars will be encouraged to pursue their research informed by the theoretical and art historical contexts of this project. The program is envisioned as a reciprocal process of learning exchange through the combination of presentations by participants and core faculty lectures. 

Presentations may also take place at universities in Hong Kong and Bangladesh, as well as at the Dhaka Art Summit. Field trips such as collection, museum, and modernist architecture visits and guest lectures will be organised during both the Hong Kong and Dhaka sessions.


Emerging scholars from and with connections to Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia currently enrolled in a graduate programme in Art History, Architectural History, or Cultural Studies, or who have finished their graduate training in these fields during the last three years are encouraged to apply. 

Travel and accommodation expenses will be fully covered. Participants must commit to attending both the Hong Kong and Dhaka sessions for the full duration: Hong Kong from August 11–22, 2019; and Dhaka from February 5–16, 2020; with additional distance-learning sessions to be held digitally during 2019 and the first half of 2020.

DAS aims to notify applicants of the outcomes by mid-March, 2019. Dhaka Art Summit will facilitate visas to Bangladesh for accepted applicants. 

Deadline: Thursday 28 February

To apply, please submit a single PDF document with:

1. Your name, email address, institutional affiliation, and postal address.

2. A statement (500-700 words), outlining the nature of your current work, its involvement with the modern art history of Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and what you believe you could gain through your participation in this program.

3. A two-page CV, including a selection of your most relevant publications or research projects.

4. Two letters of recommendation.

Please email the documents specified above as a single document to by Thursday 28 February, 2019. Please list your name (last name, first name) in the subject line of the email. File name of the attachment should be LASTNAME-FIRSTNAME.PDF (your last name and first name respectively).

23 January 2019