CALL FOR PAPAERS: 2011 Nineteenth-Century Studies Association conference on Money/Myths at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, March 3-6, 2011

Proposal for special Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) panel “The Art of Cultural Capital,” Julie Codell, Arizona State University

Papers for his panel will explore strategies used by 19th-century artists to shape, define and deploy cultural capital (non-financial assets, such as knowledge and skills) through a variety of means—marketing strategies, patronage, control of exhibitions/catalogs and state purchases, works of art themselves, construction of artists’ public images, social relations with critics and patrons, among many other means. In deploying these strategies, artists were generally concerned with separating mere capital from cultural capital in order to justify their efforts as non-commercial and as contributing to the public good or the nation’s interest.  Through the inscription of public good on their cultural capital, artists could claim to give their spectators and patrons social capital, an improved social status through the transmission of cultural capital from artist to public. In these exchanges, artists, in turn, accrued symbolic capital—prestige, honor and recognition—as celebrities or national figures. Panelists will explore these varied uses and strategies for turning economic desires into “higher” or “transcendent” forms of capital.

Send 350-word proposal and a one-paragraph bio to julie.codell[at]asu[dot]edu by Aug 15, 2010.