University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Teaching the "Long" 18th Century - Roundtable

Organized by Sarah Betzer, University of Virginia,

and Dipti Khera, Art History and Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Friday, April 23, 2021, 9-11 am EDT


Roundtable featuring:
Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Princeton University
Nebahat Avcıoğlu, Hunter College, City University of New York
Emma Barker, The Open University, London
Ananda Cohen-Aponte, Cornell University
Prita Meier, Art History and Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Nancy Um, Binghamton University, State University of New York
Stephen Whiteman, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

This roundtable brought together scholars from a broad array of geographical foci and institutional perspectives who have been at the forefront of efforts to rethink approaches to thinking, researching, and, crucially, teaching the art and material culture of an interconnected “long” eighteenth century. Convened in conjunction with a session at the 2021 College Art Association conference, the roundtable will appear in distilled form in a dedicated issue of Journal18, forthcoming in Fall 2021. Two key aims animated the roundtable and its afterlife in Journal18: 1) to reflect upon teaching the “long" eighteenth century, particularly in light of renewed debates on the reparation of objects, revision of histories, and inclusion of colonized and enslaved voices in museums, plantation sites, and public squares; and 2) to compile a list of resources and open-access supporting materials that are pragmatically useful for colleagues engaged in teaching the “long” and “broad” eighteenth century.