February 2014 Newsletter

Happy 2014 to all AHPT Members!

We are looking forward to a new year with new ideas and more active membership.

The CAA Annual Conference in Chicago is one week away! AHPT will be hosting an exciting session on Friday morning (2/14) from 7:30-9. Entitled Visual Histories in Virtual Spaces: Engaging Students Through Technology (chaired Judy Bullington, from Belmont University) this session will feature two mini sessions addressing new technologies and online learning environments that create an opportunity for a conceptual rethinking of the way that students learn the histories of art. First we will hear about three projects from Thomas Tucker, Dominic Marner, and Ronald Hawker highlighting their instructional work that involves the re-creation of historical sites with augmented reality. Second, Onur Öztürk and Amy Mooney will present on their work in teaching the Introduction to visual culture and how the management of collections of visual media are managed in a virtual environment. Following the presentations there will be an interactive panel discussion for audience participants.

Our business session will be held on Friday as well, at 12:30. During this session we will continue with follow-up discussion from the morning panels, and discussion business agenda items.

New items are being added to our website! Sarah will be contributing short posts entitled ‘Webmaster’s Blog.’ We are also asking members to contribute short posts regarding projects they are working on, or interesting projects they have learned about; please contact Sarah if you would like to be featured in our ‘Member’s Blog’. You should also see some new RSS feeds from websites we think might be helpful to our membership!

Membership Drive: While we have not been charging membership dues in the past year, AHPT does have annual expenses, including web hosting fees and CAA affiliate dues. In order to cover these we are asking members to donate a minimum $5.00 contribution. You can simply go the ‘AHPT Members’ dropdown and click on the Membership Options page to make a contribution via PayPal. Any and all contributions will be appreciated and will allow us to continue to have a presence at the annual meeting of the College Art Association. Thank you!

Please consider coming to the business meeting to discuss the Society’s future, share ideas, and/or offer your idea for the Members Blog! If you are interested, but will not make the session, feel free to contact Sarah or Marjorie via email. And, as always, contact us with any ideas you may have, and be sure to take a look at the website (http://ahpt.us/)!

Hope to see you in Chicago!

The AHPT-sponsored session at SECAC this year (October 31-November 2) was “Plays Well with Others: Art Historians Collaborations, Intersections, and Networks, “ co-chaired by Rhonda Reymond (West Virginia University) and Marjorie Och (University of Mary Washington). Elizabeth Baltes (Ph.D. candidate in Greek Art and Archaeology at Duke University) presented “Three Art Historians, a Computer Scientist, and a Computer Artist Walk into a Classroom.” As Elizabeth explained, “The Wired! Group at Duke University began with an experimental course in the spring of 2009: five instructors, nine students, and a series of questions. How do we teach technology in the humanities? Which technologies will be most helpful in answering the kinds of questions art historians want to ask? How do we utilize digital technologies in a meaningful way, both in the classroom, and in our own research? How do we build and sustain inter-departmental and inter-institutional collaboration? Four years and several courses later, the Wired! Group is still exploring and refining the answers to many of these questions, but collaboration remains at the core of what we do and how we do it. ” Catherine Dossin (assistant professor of art history, Purdue University) presented “The ARTL@S Project: Towards a Spatial (Digital) Art History.” Catherine describes ARTL@S as “an international, multidisciplinary project that promotes spatialization as a method of investigation and the anchor of an innovative, analytical approach. It relies on the spatial (digital) method to identify new sites of investigation, uncover unseen patterns of artistic circulation and distribution, open up different dialogues with artwork, dissolve the boundaries between art history and other disciplines, and rethink scholarship through a focus on learning by sharing. As such, it participates in the redefinition of the discipline of art history by embracing the theories and methods of the spatial, global, and digital turns that have challenged humanities over the past decades.” For more information, visit www.artl@s.ens.fr And Marjorie Och presented “Seeing students as a community of thinkers,” and shared with the attendees her work developing online exhibits in 400-level seminars. Her experience has been that “in presenting their work online as a collaborative project, students quickly discover that their audience is as open as the internet. A seminar of individuals becomes an exhibit team and a community of thinkers where no single project stands alone. “ In 2014, SECAC is meeting in Sarasota, Florida (October 8-11), and we will again have a sponsored session. Hope to see you there!

-Marjorie and Sarah.

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