The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History is excited to announce our 12th Annual Conference! It will take place on March 11, 2023, at the Jarislowsky Institute (EV 3.711), under the theme Queering Archives.
This annual event seeks to bring together Concordia Fine Arts students and provide opportunities for Concordia Fine Arts students to connect with each other. After many long remote years, this hybrid event is an opportunity to meet your peers.
Additionally, our speakers provide an opportunity to connect with working contemporary artists and art historians to cultivate an understanding of the current art world and art historical scholarship.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History’s 11th annual conference was held on February 26 & 27, 2022, from 12:00-14:00 EST online via Zoom.
Speakers: Kite aka Suzanne Kite, Esther Calixte-Bea, Annie Tong Zhou Lafrance, and Shaya Ishaq. Moderated by Megan Quigley.
The annual CUJAH conference is an opportunity for undergraduates to present their research with artists and researchers at the forefront of their field. The 2021/2022 conference theme ‘Land B.I.P.O.C’ focused on BFA research on the histories of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour who cultivate(d) Turtle Island and beyond. The conference hopes to gain knowledge from undergraduates interested in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples who initially founded the lands, as well as the establishment of major cities and historical communities by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC.) Undergraduate Panel: Lee Ehler, Darius Yeung, Kevyn Hall, and TBA
The CUJAH would like to thank the Otsenhákta Student Centre (OSC), Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA), Concordia Student Union (CSU) and the Concordia Department of Art History for their support.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History’s 10th annual conference was held on February 20 & 21, 2021, online via Zoom. Speakers: Hannah Ferguson, Joel Young, Dr. Sabrina Strings, Deanna Bowen, Dr. Charmaine Nelson, Charlotte Perreault, Émile Phaneuf, Claire Sigal, Erin Galt. Moderated by Sara Shields, Kanwal Syed, Dr. Batraville, Vania Ryan, Elizabeth Davis.
In the last year, the human body has become centred in popular discourse. A pandemic has changed our relationship with bodies. Feared and distanced, bodies have been sanitized through virtual communication lines. With the importance of inhabited space, phenomenology, and remediation in visual arts, new embodiment marks a permanent change in art history. Simultaneously, embodiment has been a fixture of political discourse. For example, the Black Lives Matter movement has engendered discourse of the embodiment of systemic racism. Bodies, whether of flesh or stone, have become a category impossible to escape. At the Tenth Annual Undergraduate Art History Conference, we aim to present the work of artists, scholars, and students that elaborates on the role of the human body within art histories. We seek to understand how a rapidly changing definition of embodiment will affect art practices and visual culture.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History’s 9th annual conference was held on March 4, 2020.
Speakers: Elaine Speight, Hannah Deskin, Diane Wong, Melissa Patel, Nalini Mohabir, Ariel St-Louis, Aurelie Bezacier, Alyse Tunnell, Eunice Belidor and Sandra Brewster. Moderated by Sara Shields, Kanwal Syed, Dr. Batraville, Vania Ryan, Elizabeth Davis.
In this year's Annual Undergraduate Art History Conference, the aim was to bring together research by artists, scholars, and students to initiate discussion on overlapping historical narratives, common histories, and involuntary memory to open discourse for reconciliation. Whether it be from a place’s physical structure to the virtual realm of archival practices on social media and by museums, we aim to open a dialogue on questions of nationhood, globalization, and deconstruction of barriers and placemaking within a contemporary landscape.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History’s 8th annual conference was held on February 16 & 17, 2019.
Speakers: Erica Lehrer, Elaine Cheasley Paterson, Florence Yee, Sandra Volny, Liane Decary-Chen, Lucas LaRochelle, Be Heintzman-Hope, Lisa Myers, Leo Cocar, Petra Höller, Megan K. Quigley, Eva Morrison, Elizabeth Sanders.
From the movement and appropriation of cultural artifacts within early colonial missions to the increasing digitization of mediums, museums, and the archive, art objects and their locations of presentation have created much of the basis of what we know as art history today. However, with the overwhelming technological advancements that have taken place over the last century, the world has seen major shifts in global communication, trade, and migration. These shifts reflected considerably within the art market, have been subject to an array of critiques on power and distribution. Yet these shifts have also inspired the work of many contemporary artists to facilitate and create new virtual connections and spaces for those who had previously been excluded from traditional art spaces. Drawing on issues of representation, mobility, and location, from the past, present, and even the future, the 8th Annual Concordia University Undergraduate Art History Conference, (dis)location, delves into the role of place within art and society; and what follows when bodies and objects are displaced.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History’s 7th annual conference was held on February 27 & 28, 2018.
Speakers: Melodie Ratelle, Juliana Delgado, Tara Bigdeli, Nathalie Bondil, Dr. Cristian Zaelzer, Jennifer Dorner, Zhanna Ter-Zakaryan, Jaime Monaghan, Sophia Arnold, Mattia Zylak, Maggie Mills, Jordan Beaulieu, Dr. Emmanuel Licha, Dr. Michael Lantz, Dr. Maya Oppenheimer,
Looking at historical trends and contemporary society, art has often been used as a tool to respond to instances of rejection and segregation. However, art institutions, groups, communities and exhibitions have also been sites of exclusion. CUJAH’s (Dis)CONNECT conference asks art historians to reflect on how art has contributed, instigated or rebelled against states of society throughout history and in the present. It questions how art responds to moments of political, economic or cultural alienation and how art itself sometimes promotes exclusion in the manner it is produced, written about or exhibited.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History’s 6th annual conference was held on March 2, 3 & 4, 2017.
Speakers: Stephanie Barclay, Madison Leeson, Paige Sabourin, Jay Bossé, Naakita Feldman-Kiss, Emma Osle, Dom Camps, Joshua Marquis, Amelia Wong-Mersereau.
Corrupt. Debase. Overthrow. Poison. Rebel. Sabotage. Subvert. This conference will focus on all of those subversions to normalcy that inspires both pride and fear and challenge the contemporary discourse in new and interesting ways. How can artists and researchers find alternative ways of inserting themselves into the art historical canon? Or should the canon be rejected altogether? What role does our own identity/experience play in our consumption and creation of culture? And what happens when these so-called subversive cultures are appropriated rather than appreciated?
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History’s 5th annual conference was held on February 12 & 13, 2016.
Speakers: Alice Brassard, Taran Jeet Singh, Alyse Tunnell, Alice Gubenko, Aaron Golish, Kim Glassman, Chris Gismondi, Philippe Depairon, Camille Devaux, Sarah Amarica, Stephanie Barclay, Dr. Alena Robin.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History is proud to present its 5th Annual Undergraduate Art History Conference. This year’s conference will focus on the topic of Art, the Sacred and the Profane. Following Söderblom’s quotation above, we are interested in exploring the multi-faceted relationships between the sacred (holy, religious, set apart, venerated), the profane (outside the temple, non-religious, mundane), and art (broadly defined). How are notions of sacredness and unholiness constructed? How are these ideas portrayed in the arts? Moreover, how does this dichotomy trickle down to other spheres of human experience?
Studies of place and space, ritual and performance, visual and material culture, (dis)embodied experiences, practice and belief, and social histories are key areas of research for art historians today. This conference serves as a platform for undergraduate students to explore these topics under the broader theme of art, the sacred, and the profane.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History’s 4th annual conference was held on February 6 & 7, 2015.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History is proud to present its 4th Annual Concordia University Undergraduate Art History Conference. This year’s conference will focus on “Art and the Exhibition Space.” Issues of curatorship, the exhibition of Aboriginal art in museums, and the relationship between artworks and the space in which they are showcased are some of the key areas of research for art historians today.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History’s 3rd annual conference was held on January 24 & 25, 2014.
Speakers: Braden Scott, Romina Cameron, Jennifer Aedy, Steph Caskenette, Alexandrine Capolla Beauregard, Emma Sise, Madelyne Beckle, Kelly O’Brien, Katerina Korola, Catherine Bergeron, Sarah Danruo Wang.
The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History is proud to present the 3rd Annual Concordia University Undergraduate Art History Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Art and the Digital.” The intersection of art-making practices and new technologies is a key area of research for both art historians and artists. Questions of authorship, the impact of social networking on the dissemination of images, and the changing role of the artist continue to illuminate how the changing landscape of the digital shapes our perceptions of just what is considered art. The 2014 Undergraduate Art History Conference will address all things related to digital culture in art and art-making practices and create a space for the consideration of technology and its rapidly shifting nature.