|Material Affinities: Intersections that Matter
For twenty years the Art History Graduate Symposium has provided an invaluable opportunity for graduate students in Art History and related disciplines to present papers in a critical and scholarly environment, and to provide an open forum for discussion between students from UBC and universities across North America.
The 28th annual AHVAT Graduate Student Symposium entitled "Material Affinities: Intersections that Matter" investigates the role of materiality in the formation of individual and collective bodies at the intersection of historical shifts, whether technological, philosophical or ideological. Materiality is an issue that has been increasingly taken up in the past decade and it is our aim to bring the University of British Columbia graduate students to the forefront of the discussion. The timeliness of this year's theme is reflected in the large number of international symposia and conferences currently taking place on the subject. Within this ferment of intellectual discussion and reappraisal, "Material Affinities" will extend the discourse on materiality to emerging scholars at UBC and beyond. The conference will enable a new generation of intellectuals to discuss the importance of materiality to their discipline and the production of knowledge more generally.
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Angela Zhang, MA Candidate, Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Faculty of Arts