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At the 109th Annual College Art Conference (digital): 

neal is a co-facilitator of a two-part interview in celebration of twenty years of the Association for Critical Race Art History, and will present in brief "Learning from Teaching: Critical Race Art History and African American Art."

ArtWire: Advice from Members Who Are Work At Home Pros

"Community Engagement in A Virtual World

How have you managed to stay engaged with your community during quarantine? Any advice for members in doing so?         

Healthfully. Screen burnout is real; consecutive meetings on so many different platforms is exhausting. Thanks to professionalizing tips I’ve internalized in graduate school, I limit how accessible I am to the never-ending unfolding of life on the internet. I check my emails within a specific timeframe. Of course I deviate occasionally..." read more here.

At the 108th Annual College Art Conference in Chicago, Illinois, neal and Dr. Melanee C. Harvey are co-paneling "Critical and Liberatory Pedagogies in African American Art," on February 13, 2019:


"On the thirtieth anniversary of bell hooks’s Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics (1990), a significant text on cultural criticism and the visual arts, this panel explores the role of critical and liberatory pedagogy within ongoing interdisciplinary reassessments of Black artistic practices. According to hooks, critical and liberatory pedagogies concern “habits of being” for decolonizing knowledge and promoting “the insurrection of subjugated knowledge.” In light of vast intellectual and curatorial work since 1990, in what ways do pedagogies of African American art participate in, problematize, or reaffirm, the space for independent thought? Drawing upon the field’s heterogeneity, we seek papers that address this question by probing ways of teaching and learning African American Art.


The goal is to examine how critical and liberatory pedagogies perform important epistemological work for students and scholars. How do archives and the digital humanities enrich coursework and object study? How might deconstructive analysis produce additional modes of criticality in the wake of recent publications and museum surveys? Although Fred Moten and Stefano Harvey have described teaching as perfunctorily “performing the work of the university” in The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (2013), these scholarly investigations will illuminate pedagogical strategies for resistance, liberation, or even self-critique."


Thursday, February 13, 2020

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


  • Hilton Chicago - Lobby Level - Continental C



Beginning this summer 2019, neal enters Georgia State University as a Visiting Lecturer in African American Art History. 

April 5, 2019, julia elizabeth neal presents "Are You Listening? Ben Patterson and William Pearson in Duo for Voice and a String Instrument," at the 30th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora. Please see the program here.

October 2, 2018, Department of Art + Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, "Art History doctoral candidate Julia Neal featured in Texte Zur Kunst." Access the announcement here. 


Stiftung Kunstfonds awards the Estate of Benjamin Patterson grant funds for catalogue raisonné development. Please read the announcement here, and neal joins as consultant. 

"Presently Elsewhere: Benjamin Patterson's Flux" to be presented at 106th Annual College Art Association

Panel: A WAY/S FROM HOME: BLACKNESS ACROSS NATIONS

February 24, 2018

10:30AM to 12:00PM

Room 409A, LA Convention Center

julia elizabeth neal receives a Getty Research library grant (January, 2018)


julia elizabeth neal receives a Fulbright fellowship award (March 23, 2017)

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