47th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium – Entangled Embodiment: Intersections and Dialogues

Friday March 1, 2024
12:30 PM - 5:40 PM

47th Annual UBC AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition
Entangled Embodiment: Intersections and Dialogues 
February 29– March 1, 2024

Symposium: Friday, March 1, 2024, 12:30 – 5:40 pm | Audain Art Centre Room 1002


12:30 pm – Lunch and Coffee Service

1:00 – 1:10 pm – Welcome

1:10 – 2:10 pm – Keynote, David Garneau (U of Regina, Associate Professor)

“Unnatural Natives: on Constructing Contemporary Indigenous Identities”

2:15 – 3:00 pm – Break

3:00 – 3:45 pm – Paper presentation, Aiza Bragg (UBC, MA Candidate)

“Embodied “Tension”: Queering the Autobiography in Hannah Gadsby: Nanette and LOGAN: An Autobiographical Tabletop Game

3:45 – 4:30 pm – Paper presentation, Don Shafer (UBC, Ph.D. Candidate)

“Near-Death Experience (NDE)”

4:40-5:40 pm – Panel talk

We acknowledge that the UBC Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm  (Musqueam).


Within a current social condition simultaneously inscribed by a preoccupation with the image of the self and an increasingly integrated reliance on a dematerialized digital realm, how do we understand meanings of embodiment? Does looking inward for meaning shift our focus away from an image of self and toward an experience of self? Can this lead to a re-evaluation of how we both consciously and unconsciously, physically and mentally, embody our self-understanding in visual form? The committee for the 47th annual UBC AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition has themed this year’s event Entangled Embodiment: Intersections and Dialogues. Embodiment produces–and is produced by–markers of identification like race, gender, ability, sexuality, nationality, class, and other positionalities.

The Annual Graduate Symposium and Exhibition are supported by the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies and the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia. We are grateful for additional support from the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Provost and VP Academic office, St. John’s College,  Department of Asian Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of English Language and Literatures, and Department of History.