39th Annual UBC AHVA Graduate Symposium: The Margin is the Centre

Thursday March 10, 2016 - Saturday April 2, 2016

Symposium runs March 10 – 11 and Exhibition runs March 10 – April 2

The 39th Annual University of British Columbia Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory Graduate Symposium is pleased to announce that this year’s event, The Margin is the Centre, will take place from March 10 – 11, 2016. The concurrent exhibition, curated by the Graduate Symposium Committee, will open from 5 – 7pm on March 10, at the AHVA Gallery in the Audain Art Centre.

The Margin is the Centre will engage with and bridge materialist, cultural, geopolitical, and medium-oriented discourses on marginality within art and art history at a moment when the stability of the centre-margin binary is rapidly deteriorating. The political and cultural potential of marginality, as well as the persistent actions of the former centre, saturates contemporary discourse and reflects the historical progression of global de-colonial efforts, globalization, and the acceleration of late capital. Artistic-activist interventions, new approaches within marginalized discourses in art history, and subalternized artistic practices and objects ask us to re-evaluate the dynamic process of constitution and identification at play in the centre-margin binary. Perhaps the decentering work required by these practices can encourage us to see each margin as a centre of its own. The AHVA Graduate Symposium proposes a self-reflexive examination of this shifting dichotomy within art and art history, as well as the social sciences and humanities at large.

The keynote speaker will be Byron Hamann, from the Department of History of Art at Ohio State University.


10am–1pm: Seminar with Byron Hamann: “Marginality and (Imagined) Exhibitions”
Seating is limited. To attend, RSVP to grad.symposium@ubc.ca

5pm–7pm: Exhibition opening (AHVA Gallery in the Audain Art Centre)
Featuring artists:

Mallory Amirault (Emily Carr University of Art and Design)

Shannon Deer (University of British Columbia)

Yoriko Gillard (University of British Columbia/Douglas College)

Scott Mallory (Emily Carr University of Art and Design)

Alice Olsen Williams, Anishinaabe-Kwe and Joanne Ursino (University of British Columbia)

Setareh Yasan (University of British Columbia)


10.30am – 10.45am: Opening remarks

10.45am – 12pm: Panel 1

Timothy Chandler (University of Guelph): Engineering Failure: Measuring Historiographical Changes in Art History

Julie Dansereau-Tackett (Case Western Reserve University): Stereographs and Souvenirs: Monet’s Garden of the Princess and the 1867 Paris Exposition universelle

Julian Lawrence (Emily Carr University of Art and Design): Regarding the Marginalization of Comic Books: Two Questions for Scholars

12pm – 1.15pm: Panel 2

Lane Eagles (University of Washington): Pregnant Images: Early Modern Female Portraiture and the Maternal Body

Erin Travers (University of California, Santa Barbara): Representing the Body: Pictorial Strategies in 17th-century Dutch Anatomical Atlases

1.15pm – 1.45pm: Lunch

1.45pm – 3pm: Panel 3

Naomi Calnitsky (Carleton University): Graciela Iturbide and the Village Poetic: Revisiting Cultural Resilience in the Queer Photographs of Juchitán de las Mujeres

Michael Feinberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Repositioning Girodet’s Pasha: The Case of the Abjected Subject

Christian Whitworth (Tufts University): Turning Affect into Activism, into Aesthetics: Douglas Crimp on the Institutionalization of AIDS

3pm – 3.45pm: Keynote by Byron Hamann (Ohio State University)

3.45pm – 4pm: Q&A

4pm: Closing remarks

The 39th Annual UBC AHVA Graduate Symposium Committee would like to thank the following University of British Columbia units for their generous contributions: Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery; Museum of Anthropology; Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory; Department of Asian Studies; Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies; Department of English; Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; Department of Philosophy; Department of Theatre and Film; Faculty of Arts HSS Grant; Faculty of Graduate Studies Dean’s Office; Provost and Vice President Academic.