The History of Art Graduate Students’ organization of The Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas and the Art History and Archeology Graduate Students’  Association at the University of Missouri-Columbia invite students working toward an MA or a PhD to submit abstracts of papers for presentation at the 2011 Graduate Student Symposium.


Articulating Identity in Visual Culture

University of Kansas: Annual Graduate Student Symposium

March 4 – 5, 2011

Lawrence, Kansas


This year’s symposium will be held at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.  The conference will begin on Friday, March 4, and continue through Saturday, March 5, with each paper followed by critical discussion. A keynote address will be given on Friday evening by Dr. Tripp Evans, author of the 2010 publication Grant Wood: A Life. Awards will be given to the top three presenters at the conclusion of the symposium.


This year’s theme addresses the representation of identity in any aspect of visual or material culture.  The symposium seeks a wide range of submissions that explore facets of identity across centuries, cultures, and media. Potential topics include: interactions of identity and space or architecture, the body and identity, constructions of spiritual, national or ethnic identity, the revision and/or erasure of identity, and the crafting or commodification of identity.


The deadline for abstracts (maximum 250 words) is Monday, January 17, 2011. Please include the title of the paper, your current graduate level, and current CV.  Abstracts and CVs should be submitted in the form of an attachment.


Please send all submissions to  The subject heading should read SYMPOSIUM SUBMISSION.