Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Reading Group Archive



DEI Reading Group Events & Study Sessions

As part of our department’s commitment to fostering a robust discussion of racism and white supremacy within — and at the very root of — the history of art, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has organized a series of study sessions to explore recent scholarship that addresses this issue from a cross-disciplinary perspective.

The DEI Committee is always happy to take suggestions for future books, book chapters, and articles that will be productive in cultivating a dialogue about the intertwined histories of art and white supremacy and offering methods of engaging with these histories in the modern moment. The further reading section featured below includes texts that were considered by the DEI Committee but not ultimately selected for our reading group as well as other introductory resources about race and racism in the history of art. 


Essays discussed by the group in previous semesters include: 

Spring 2022: Nya McCarthy-Brown, "Navigating Anti-Racism in an Anti-Black Landscape," International Journal of Education & the Arts 23, no. 1 (2002).

Autumn 2021: Eric Michaud, "Barbarian Invasions and the Racialization of Art History," in Barbarian Invasions: A Genealogy of the History of Art.


Further reading suggestions include:

"What is Radical?" ARTMargins 10, no. 3 (2022) 8-96. 

Catherine Grant and Dorothy Price, "Decolonizing Art History," Art History 43, no. 1 (2020): 8-66.

Robert S. Nelson, "The Map of Art History," Art Bulletin 79, no. 1 (1997) 28-40.