Getty Foundation Ambitious Alignments Project > Power Institute call for participants

Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art is a new research initiative funded through the Getty Foundation’s ‘Connecting Art Histories’ grant program. Ambitious Alignments is being developed by The Power Institute with regional Southeast Asian project partners National Gallery Singapore and Institute of Technology, Bandung. The project seeks to bring together early career scholars/curators from Southeast Asia to rethink histories of art in the region. The focus is particularly on the years between 1945 and 1990 – a period characterised by decolonisation, independence, struggles for democracy and the geo-political conflicts and tensions of the so-called Cold War era. The project is being led by a team including Professors T.K Sabapathy, Patrick Flores, Adrian Vickers, John Clark, Mark Ledbury and Stephen Whiteman.

The Power Institute is calling for up to twelve participants to be part of the Ambitious Alignments initiative. Participants will receive support for independent archival research and travel to three meetings to be held in Sydney, Singapore and Bandung. Individual research projects will provide the opportunity for broader discussions around the methodologies, approaches and material crucial to building a sophisticated, cross-regional and archivally rich history of Southeast Asian art. A further goal of the individual research projects is to offer early career scholars the opportunity to interact with senior members of the field from across the region and world. This we hope will form the basis of a new and effective network of scholars, curators and critics who might shape the future of art history in the region. The project’s outcomes will include the publication of an edited anthology of participants’ research that will constitute an important landmark in the formulation of modern Southeast Asian art histories. Other opportunities for publication of key texts and findings will also be sought.

Criteria: The opportunity is open to early career scholars in art and cultural history, curatorship or related fields with a demonstrable record of achievement in their field, relative to opportunity, who hold at least a Masters degree or comparable professional experience. Scholars should be based in Southeast Asia or Australia.

Deadline: 26 September

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