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Art History Graduate Symposium

Published January 28, 2019

Art History Graduate Student Symposium

The Florida State University Department of Art History will host the 36th Annual Graduate Student Symposium on March 8 & 9, 2019 in the William Johnston Building, room 2005.

Graduate students from around the country will present papers in three sessions over the weekend, with each paper followed by critical discussion with the audience. Papers will then be considered for inclusion in Athanor, our internationally distributed journal.

This year’s keynote speaker is Michele H. Bogart, Professor in the Department of Art at Stony Brook University. She is the author of Sculpture in Gotham: Art and Urban Renewal in New York City,  Artists, Advertising, and the Borders of Art, Public Sculpture and the Civic Ideal in New York City, 1890-1930, which received the Smithsonian Institution/Museum of American Art’s Charles C. Eldredge Prize, and The Politics of Urban Beauty: New York and Its Art Commission. Recently, she has been a leading contributor to discussions of controversial, public historical monuments. Professor Bogart will present “Thinking Differently about Statues” on Friday, March 8 at 5:30 pm in WJB 2005.


The Symposium is hosted annually by the FSU Art History graduate students and faculty, and will be managed by the Symposium Coordinator, Prof. Kyle Killian, with the assistance of the graduate Art History Association officers.  This year’s officers, who will also serve as session chairs, are Meggan McCarthy, Megan Murray, and Ari Hakkarainen.

Inaugurated in 1981, the Art History Graduate Symposium participates in a long tradition of student conferences in our discipline. This open forum brings together students, professors, and members of the community to share ideas and expertise. We call it a symposium, with all the classical associations of that word, to suggest that it is not just a series of lectures, but a conversation.

Our purpose is to provide the opportunity for students to present the results of their scholarly efforts in twenty-minute talks and to profit from the audience’s response. At the end of each paper, the speaker engages directly with the audience, both students and faculty, so that the ideas they present become the basis for further exploration. Each year, we invite a distinguished scholar to deliver the keynote address and participate in these discussions as part of the Vincent and Agatha Thursby Visiting Scholars Lecture Series. Recent keynote scholars have included Barbara E. Mundy, Claire Farago, Felipe Pereda, Maria Gough, John T. Paoletti, and Richard Schiff.

Sharing research, meetings others in our field, and creating long-lasting friendships and professional associations – these vital interchanges are at the core of the FSU Symposium experience. We seek to broaden the professional, personal, and academic horizons of every participant: the visiting young scholar, the returning alumnus, the local undergraduate considering graduate work — and of course the professors, who also learn a great deal in the process.

Our symposium is distinguished from similar gatherings because it was conceived from the start to result in a publication. Student speakers are able to submit their papers to our journal Athanor, published here in the College of Fine Arts by the FSU Museum of Fine Arts Press. The manuscript goes through several stages of editing before coming to fruition in the final article, published and shared with more than 300 libraries and institutions across America and Europe. To have your institution included on the distribution list or to request a copy of an issue or article, please contact the Museum of Fine Arts Communications Coordinator.  The Table of Contents of every issue is available here: ToC, Athanor I – XXXV.


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