47th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition: Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS | DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 11:59 PM PST

February 29 and March 1, 2024 

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 has themed this year’s event Entangled Embodiment: Intersections and Dialogues. Embodiment produces—and is produced by—the markers of identification such as race, gender, ability, sexuality, nationality, class, and other such positionalities. The theme serves as a discursive framework to consider ways in which we embody our identities through art within and without the constraints of flesh. 

The intention behind Entangled Embodiment symposium is for artists and thinkers to approach and reimagine various forms, meanings, and conditions of embodiment. The committee welcomes artworks and papers that approach the theme through an interdisciplinary view in varied mediums, practices, platforms, and strategies. 



Graduate students are asked to submit their proposed paper via email to grad.symposium@ubc.ca by Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 11:59 PM PST. The submission should consist of a single (1) PDF file, including the full paper, an abstract of 250-350 words, and a current, short CV. Please also include name, gender pronouns, name of school, and the complete title of the submitted paper in the body of the email. 

Please note that paper presentations will take place in-person on UBC Vancouver campus on Friday, March 1, 2024. Please note for the committee any accessibility considerations that could have an impact on an in-person presentation of the paper.