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39th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium

Call for Papers

The Florida State University Art History faculty and graduate students invite students currently working toward an MA or a PhD to submit abstracts of papers for presentation at our 39th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium, which will be held on our main campus in Tallahassee, FL, March 3-4, 2023. 

Our keynote speaker this year is Heather Igloliorte, Associate Professor of Indigenous Art History and University Research Chair of Circumpolar Indigenous Art, Concordia University, Montreal.

We welcome papers that represent an advanced stage of research from any area of the history of art, architecture, and cultural heritage studies. The Graduate Student Symposium is hosted by the FSU Art History graduate students and faculty and organized throughout the year by the Graduate Symposium Committee, an elected group of Art History MA and PhD students. Paper sessions take place on Friday afternoon and Saturday, with each paper followed by critical discussion. Papers are then considered for inclusion in our internationally distributed journal Athanor.

The deadline for submitting abstracts (maximum 250 words) is December 1, 2022. Please include your university affiliation and the title of the talk. Decisions will be made by January 9, 2023.

Send abstracts and this information to:

Graduate Student Symposium Committee
Department of Art History, Florida State University

Download a Call for Papers

History and Mission

Inaugurated in 1981, the FSU 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, Richard Schiff, and Charlene Villaseñor Black.

Sharing research, meeting others in our field, 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 since 1981 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, which have been published and shared with more than 300 libraries and institutions across America and Europe. In the interest of conservation and innovation, in 2019 we transformed Athanor to an online publication, now edited by a graduate student editor on the Symposium Committee and published by FSU Libraries: Athanor.