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The Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA) is dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of scholarship examining the historical and contemporary relationship between Christianity and the visual arts. ASCHA is dedicated to examining problems that confront the field by identifying scholarly needs and fostering opportunities for the presentation and publication of new scholarship in a safe and respectful environment. ASCHA is a forum for the advancement of research, dialogue, and collaboration in the area of Christianity and the visual arts.

 

Call For Papers


Picturing Paradise in 19th Century British and American Art

February 2, 2016

Co-sponsored by the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D. C.

 

Proposals Due: September 1, 2015

 

Paradise is a persistent and varied theme in 19th century American and British art. It is often visualized through local, exotic, and even imagined landscapes, gardens, and plants. 20-minute papers are sought that address this topic. Papers may address how an artist or group imagined and/or interpreted paradise through plant, garden, and/or landscape imagery and how this representation related to the artist’s personal, social, and/or spiritual contexts. Proposals of no more than 300 words should be submitted, with a cover letter and 2 page C.V. by September 1, 2015 to Dr. Rachel Hostetter Smith (rcsmith@tayloru.edu) and Dr. James Romaine (drjamesromaine@gmail.com)

 

 

 

 

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Above: Frederic Edwin Church’s El Rio de Luz (The River of Light) 1877