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Call For Proposals: "Tracing Erasure" Art History, Visual Art and Theory Symposium

November 01, 2017

The University of British Columbia‚Äôs 41st Annual Graduate Symposium in Art History, Visual Art and Theory invites papers that explore art and architecture as sites of intervention in personal, social, and cultural narratives and memories. As increasingly fluid boundaries demand ways of negotiating the spatial and temporal polyphony of the world, the symposium examines sites of struggle and potential transformation, where art and architecture, as loci of memory, challenge notions of historical stability and linearity. The title of the 2018 symposium is "Tracing Erasure".

This symposium welcomes submissions from all periods of art history and related disciplines that explore acts of tracing as political, social, and artistic phenomena in both the public and personal spheres. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Predatory urbanism and the dispossessed
  • Cultural translations in the diaspora
  • Indigenous perspectives on post-coloniality
  • Landscapes of memory and narratives of place
  • Notions of the ephemeral and impermanence in art and architecture
  • Material assemblages of memory
  • Non-archival memory and representations of cultural trauma
  • Commemoration and the monumentalization of heritage
  • The body as a site of power, including marginalized identities, post-identity and the question of the self

The AHVA Graduate Symposium organizing committee invites proposals for twenty minute-long paper presentations. Current and recently graduated master of arts, master of fine arts, doctoral, and postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV to by December 21, 2017. Please include your full name, affiliation, and contact information.

Tracing Erasure will include a concurrent exhibition in keeping with the theme of the symposium from March 8 to 29. For more information please visit the AHVA website or see the full call for papers attached below:

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