Ringelberg, a professor of art history, served as a respondent to the panel “Queering/Queer in the Nineteenth Century".
Professor of Art History Kirstin Ringelberg in the Department of History & Geography presented remarks in response to the panel “Queering/Queer in the Nineteenth Century” at the College Art Association annual conference in New York in February.
The panel, sponsored by the affiliate organization The Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA), was organized and chaired by Hyoungee Kong, Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow of Art History, NYU Shanghai.
Panelists Ty Vanover (UC Berkeley), Annie Ronan (Virginia Tech), Damien Delille (Université Lumière Lyon 2, France), and Karen Schiff (Fellow in Criticism, Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) presented a diversity of papers suggesting ways to queer 19-century histories and art objects, to which Ringelberg responded both individually and by drawing connections across the panel as a whole. Focusing on the importance of negotiating the relation of representation to embodiment and enfleshment, Ringelberg traced a less ontological, if not de- or non-ontological, approach to identity in the papers, as well as a decrease in focus on temporality versus materiality in comparison to prior scholarship in these areas, and encouraged future analysis of the way artworks and subjects were raced, classed, and given a life stage, as well as sexed and gendered, in the particular projects presented.