Call for Papers: 2023 Symposium on Scientific Research in the field of Asian Art

The deadline is 1 September 2022

06 Jun 2022

In 1951, Rutherford John Gettens came to the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian Institution and founded the Technical Laboratory.  Using scientific methods for the study of works of art, Mr. Gettens and his colleagues advanced our understanding in a number of areas. 

The casting methods of the ancient Chinese and the physical nature of paintings (and pigments in particular) were subjects of notable work in the past, and today they continue to be active areas of research at the Freer Gallery. 


To mark the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the Freer Gallery of Art, the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research will hold a symposium on June 9 – 11, 2023.

The theme of the program will be technical studies of Asian art. Those who are interested in giving a presentation are invited to submit an abstract for consideration. 


Original, previously unpublished scientific research on art objects from Asian cultures will be considered.  Publication of the papers in a refereed volume following the symposium is planned in both online and book format.

Speakers should plan on in-person presentations of twenty-five minutes in length as conditions allow.  The language of the symposium is English, although translation of presentations in other languages may be possible.


Abstracts should be approximately 200 words in length. Submissions should be sent by email to [email protected] .

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2022, and notification of acceptance will be made by October 15, 2022. Manuscripts (3000-4000 words) will be due at the time of the symposium to enable publication to proceed in a timely manner.

Further information on style and formatting will be sent to individuals whose papers are accepted. Funding to offset the speakers’ travel expenses will be available.


Important dates

  • September 1, 2022: Submission of abstracts for papers
  • October 15, 2022: Notification of acceptance of paper
  • December 2022: Preliminary schedule of papers will be announced
  • May 31, 2023: Deadline for registration
  • June 9-11, 2023: Symposium


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