37th AHVA Graduate Symposium: Call for Papers + Artists

Shifting Pedagogies – Call for Papers

The academy, the gallery, the art school – significant art historical movements have emerged within, around and against these sites marked either by tradition or transformation. Take the Bauhaus, Nova Scotia School of Art and Design (NSCAD), or the Académie des Beaux-Arts: these institutions demarcate important shifts in pedagogy that spoke to larger socio-political crises. Today, for example, the university system in general and the art school in particular face ever-increasing duress as the cost of tuition soars and faculty positions dwindle. Heeding this crisis and faced with the need to adapt, institutional sites have created new digital platforms including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that take education beyond university walls and impact the 20th-century liberal arts education model. These changes affect contemporary praxis and generate questions that examine how alternative pedagogies challenge institutions and audiences, leading to a reconsideration of the potential for art to contest and/or grapple with hegemonic shifts in educational ideology.

Considering the importance of pedagogy for contemporary and historical art discourse and practice, the 37th University of British Columbia Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) Graduate Symposium seeks to examine the rapport between art praxis, pedagogy, and the institution.

Presentations may respond to a range of topics and issues, such as: 

  • Dissenting groups and reactions to the academic and/or museological institution
  • Alternative sites of pedagogy
  • Pedagogy within religious institutions: art practice in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Role of the academy in art production
  • New theories and/or activism in pedagogical praxis
  • Arts administration and the emergence of museum education
  • The socio-political import of art schools and their relation to moments of crisis
  • Globalization and pedagogy
  • Informal skill sharing as teaching model: ‘zines, craft, applied arts, electronic platforms, and other forms of technological and/or DIY dissemination
  • Histories of oppression, colonialization, and the school

The AHVA Graduate Symposium organizing committee invites proposals for papers that address these and related issues from emerging scholars and practitioners from across the humanities and social sciences. Current and recently graduated Master of Arts, Masters of Fine Arts, Doctoral and Post Doctoral scholars are encouraged to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by November 29, 2013.

Please include your full name, affiliation and contact information and send your abstract to ahva.gradsymp@gmail.com. Papers must not exceed 12 pages in length.

The 37th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium includes a two-day symposium on March 14 and 15, 2014, and a concurrent exhibition, dates to be confirmed.

Shifting Pedagogies – Call for Artists

In conjunction with the 2014 UBC Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) 37th Annual Graduate Symposium, the curator of the accompanying exhibition invites local, national and international artists to propose work for inclusion.

In keeping with the theme of the symposium, “Shifting Pedagogies”, the exhibition will address questions of education as it relates to art practice. Pedagogy and visual art have long been intertwined, but have become (arguably) more inextricably linked since what has been called a “pedagogical turn” in the 1970s with figures like Joseph Beuys, in which the act of education became the work. Compounded with the educational strain of practice categorized as “relational aesthetics”, a claim could be made that pedagogy inflects and affects artistic practice more than ever. What is more, as artists turn to seminar-based residencies, and some to doctoral programs, the evolution of an artistic career also becomes imbricated in pedagogical structures.

Interdisciplinary work and work engaging communities is particularly encouraged. Possible themes include:

  • Problematizing or embracing the idea of artist as community educator.
  • Reflecting on the institutional and educational structure of artistic training.
  • Considering the gallery space (or space of exhibition) as a site of pedagogy.

All pertinent information must be submitted via email to ahva.gradsymp@gmail.com by December 28, 2013 with the subject line “Artist Submission.” Artists are asked to indicate if their works have specific spatial requirements.


Please include the following information:

1. Artist’s name, e-mail address, telephone number, and mailing address. For artist collectives or collaborative projects please include the aforementioned information for each participant.

2. An artist statement no longer than 400 words containing the title of the work and a description of the work. If the work has been previously exhibited, please include the date and location of all showings.

3. A detailed list of the resources necessary to carry out the work: such as materials and tools; electronic, audiovisual and lighting equipment; and expected installation time.

4. Design and/or floor plan, including specifications regarding physical layout and installation, as required.

5. A maximum of 12 JPEG-format images, or 5 minutes of DVD-quality audiovisual material in MPEG or AVI formats, or 5 minutes of sound material in MP3 format. Weblinks of the same quality are also acceptable.

6. A brief curriculum vitae (2 pages max.). Should work be submitted by an artist collective, please include a brief history of the collective and a CV of each of its members.

*PLEASE NOTE: Although we welcome submissions from outside of Vancouver we are unable to provide travelfunding or assist with the shipping of artworks. There will be a small honorarium for each participating artist, dependent upon the scope of the exhibit and exhibition funding.