Shift: Blood and Earth and Soil Symposium

This Thursday, March 28, join the editors of Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture and the Ph.D. Program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY for the launch symposium of Issue 11, “BLOOD AND EARTH AND SOIL.” Organized Art History PhD candidates Dana Liljegren and Chris Green, the publication and symposium explore how shifting conceptualizations of and claims to land, heritage, and state have been expressed in visual and material culture across time. Participants include Alison Boyd, Alyssa Bralower, Banu Cennetoglu, David Joselit, Seung-Min Lee, Jackson Polys, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Teresa Retzer, and Siona Wilson.

The event is open to the public, and seating is first-come, first-served. A live stream of the event will be available online at

See below for the full conference schedule!


2:00pm Opening Remarks

2:00-3:30pm Contributor Presentations, followed by panel discussion and Q+A

Alyssa Bralower (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), “Land Grant: Complicating Institutional Legacies”

Teresa Retzer (independent scholar, Amsterdam and Berlin), “The resurgence of Blood and Soil: symbols and artefacts of Völkische Siedlungen and Neo-Nazi Villages in Germany”

Respondent: Alison Boyd (Post-doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian American Art Museum)

3:30-4:00pm Break

4:00-5:30pm Artist Panel

Seung-Min Lee

Jackson Polys

Banu Cennetoğlu

Respondent: Siona Wilson (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

6:00-7:30pm Keynote Presentation

Elizabeth Povinelli (Columbia University)

Respondent: David Joselit (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Conference Organizers: Christopher Green and Dana Liljegren

Co-sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, the James Gallery, the Center for the Humanities, and the Doctoral Student Council at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

[image: Photographer unknown, Morrow Plots, Corn and Oats, 1903. Cyanotype. Courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives, Image 0007443.]