SAVAnT: the CHASE doctoral school in American Art

SAVAnT (School of American Visual Arts and Text) is the CHASE doctoral school in American art and visual culture, exploring how Art History intersects with American Studies and other relevant disciplines. SAVAnT seeks to map the lines that lie across and between Art History, Visual Culture, and American Studies in all historical periods, and across the Americas broadly defined. The school aims to support research and dialogue both between these fields and between CHASE institutions. If your PhD includes aspects of American visual material, SAVAnT warmly invites your participation.

All interested students or faculty are invited also to attend our opening event, Chasing America, on December 9th 2017 at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London. See the link for more details:

SAVAnT past and future:

 Founded as a network in 2014 by co-directors Joanna Pawlik (Art History, Sussex) and Doug Haynes (American Studies, Sussex), SAVAnT as a CHASE school is now fortunate indeed to have David Peters Corbett (Courtauld Institute) as co-director as well as a host of other CHASE colleagues as potential supervisors and advisors. Participants in SAVAnT are based in universities across the consortium at all career levels and covering a wealth of specialisms.

SAVAnT has so far organized workshops, conference panels, and symposia, at the British Library, at Senate House, at the Courtauld Institute, and at Northumbria University. As a CHASE school, we now encourage students to approach colleagues on our list of participants as potential supervisors, or as mentors for doctoral work. Inter-institutional co-supervision in the CHASE consortium is especially encouraged and student travel costs will be found for these kinds of study arrangements.

As a CHASE school, SAVAnT will provide a programme of connected training events, including lectures, workshops, and seminars. The school will also be a forum for public and academic events. We are fortunate to have the Eccles Centre at the British Library as a partner, as well as the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America at the University of Essex, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA, the Brunei Gallery at SOAS, and The Keep archive at Sussex. We also have a non-CHASE academic partner in the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford.

Using the SAVAnT network, faculty and students will be able to collaborate in research projects, symposia, conferences, exhibitions, reading groups, and other creative and academic activities.