Reparative Frames: Visual Culture After Reconciliation

Please note: this is a closed workshop and is not available to the public.

Reparative Frames: Visual Culture after Reconciliation invites international artists, researchers and curators to explore the timely and important question of visual culture in and as a practice of reparation. Defining reparation broadly as both an equitable approach to teaching, representing and learning from difficult histories, and an attempt at repairing relations between subjects, this two-day workshop brings together senior academics and emerging scholars in a dynamic format that responds to debates about reconciliation and redress that emerged during Canada’s sesquicentennial year. Through interdisciplinary conversation, the workshop will connect these issues to international discussions about the unfinished histories of settler colonialism, transatlantic slavery, and forced migration.

Reparation has been adopted as a key conceptual model by many Indigenous groups and cultural commentators internationally, who are motivated, in part, by the sense that the promises of state-sponsored national reconciliation projects of the last three decades have gone unfulfilled. Visual culture—from artworks and exhibitions, to media images and films—has become a key site for critique and for generating encounters that explore the notion of “repair” beyond the bounds of the nation-state. Artists, curators, designers, and activists, as well as scholars across a number of intersecting disciplines mobilize the power of images to shift the responsibility of return and repair away from Indigenous and marginalized communities and onto the reader and viewer. Reparative visual culture, therefore, initiates a call to action that implicates all actors in a system of asymmetrical power relations.

Date: December 6-7 2019
Location: The Art Gallery of Ontario, OCAD University



Abstracts and Bios




AGO Cafe, 317 Dundas St (Second Floor of AGO) | The Carafted Bean, 298 Dundas StRed Eye Coffee, 29 McCaul St | Jimmy’s Coffee, 166 McCaul Street

In a Pinch:

Grange cafeteria (Friday only), 109 McCaul St | Sin and Redemption Pub 136 McCaul | Ginger Vietnamese Restaurant, 212 Queen StMi Taco Taqueria, 247 Queen St | Ka Chi Korean Restaurant, 414 Dundas

Longer Stay:

Little India 255, Queen West | Queen Mother Café, 208 Queen St | Omai Japanese Restaurant, 3 Baldwin St | Momofuku Noodle Bar, 190 University Ave | Pizza Libretto, 155 University Avenue | Pho Hung, 350 Spadina Avenue | Rosewood Dim Sum, 463 Dundas St



Art Gallery of Ontario - Hito Steyerl, This is the Future, 317 Dundas St | Trinity Square Video - Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyên, Untitled (Entitled), 401 Richmond St | A Space – Thunderstruck, Group Exhibition, 401 Richmond | Ryerson Image Centre - The Way She Looks, Group Exhibition, 33 Gould Street | Onsite Gallery - Among All these Tundras, Group Exhibition, 199 Richmond St West | G44 – Maryse Lariviere, Under the Cave of Winds, 401 Richmond St | Sugar Contemporary - Slavs and Tartars, Pickle Politics, 5 Lower Jarvis | Power Plant Contemporary – Hajra WAheed, Rashid Johnson, Naeem Mohaiemen, Multiple Exhibitions, 231 Queens Quay West | Ignite Gallery- Individuation, Group Exhibition, 165 Augusta Avenue

West End:

Daniel Faria - Andrew Dadson, Green Peace, 188 St Helens AveXpace - Senorita Colombia, Group Exhibition, 303 Lansdowne Ave InterAccess - Scaffolds I can no longer see, Group Exhibition, 905 Dupont | TPW – Photorama, Group Exhibition, 170 St Helens Ave

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Map to The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Toronto Media Arts Centre to Nunu Ethopian Fusion


Tal Sofia Braniss, Designer, image courtesy of Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyên, from the series “Black Atlas,” 2016
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 3:30pm
Lab Member: 
Gabrielle Moser

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: First Generation Student Publication

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:45pm

First generation* students from all OCAD U undergrad programs are invited to submit work for an upcoming student publication.

The theme is Educational Worth. The issue of continuing and education has generated conversations about the stress of life-school balance and the uncertainty of future.

Looking for works on personal experience, opinions and thoughts on education. Works submitted can be any medium, including writing. Participants may also contribute through answering a short questionnaire.

If interested, email

Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

*You are first generation if your parents/family did not attend a college or university--you are the first.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
Call for submissions graphic


Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 4:45pm to Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 11:45pm

OCAD U Teaching Expo



Organized annually by the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, the OCAD U Teaching Expo is an opportunity for all who teach or support learning in the OCAD U community to gather and share practices, ask questions, build relationships and collaborate with fellow educators. This peer-reviewed, full-day event is dedicated to reflecting upon our teaching and learning practices through workshops, presentations, facilitated discussions and demonstrations of class activities.

The Teaching Expo will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at OCAD University. This year, we are pleased to feature invited speaker Dr. Tanya Titchkosky, Professor in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

The theme of this year’s Teaching Expo invites you to consider how we, as educators, practitioners and scholars, need to challenge our assumptions—about our students, classrooms, disciplines, creative practices, institutional policies, and ourselves. Do we sometimes assume that all our colleagues share the same background knowledge, or all our students bring the same key skills or a shared understanding of classroom culture to their studies? How do we commit, as a university, to be “student-ready”? 

Reflecting on these assumptions and perspectives will deepen our understanding of the multi-faceted and diverse histories and backgrounds of our learners, colleagues and institutional policies and practices. Join colleagues from across the university in a critical dialogue that seeks to challenge our assumptions as educators and share new perspectives and strategies for inclusive teaching. We will also engage in discussion and activities grounded in the principles of Universal Design for Learning, an approach to teaching and learning that values reflection and embeds equity, diversity and accessibility into our practices. 

Proposal submissions are welcome from all faculty and staff who support teaching and learning at OCAD U. When preparing proposal submissions, we invite you to consider such questions as: 

  • What assumptions underpin our work as educators in an art and design educational context? What is the impact of these assumptions? 
  • What are some of the challenges we have in our classroom/studio/office around accessibility, equity and inclusion? 
  • What are some of the unique strategies, approaches or theories that inform our inclusive teaching practices?
  • How does our research and/or practice drive our perspectives on disability, oppression, social justice, Indigenous learning and decolonization in higher education? 
  • How do we engage with students/colleagues? What strategies do we use to actively listen and collaborate with others? 
  • What means/formats do we use to present new information? How do we plan for different learning preferences, languages, age, culture, abilities and experiences? How do we work across these differences to foster creativity and innovation? 
  • How do we encourage our learners to show their knowledge in multiple ways?  

TYPES OF SESSIONS (30 or 60 minutes each):  

Mini-lesson: Facilitate a hands-on activity where participants will become your actual students and will share their reflections from that perspective. 

Teaching or educational research presentation: Present a successful project or assignment that you have developed for your students and initiate a reflective dialogue with your peers, or share with your peers a completed or in-progress educational research project.

Faculty/staff/student panel: Bring together a panel of faculty, staff and/or students to discuss any aspect of teaching and learning at OCAD U. If you are interested in this option but do not have a panel, please let us know.

Roundtable: Lead an informal discussion with colleagues about a specific issue concerning teaching and learning, share strategies, brainstorm ideas and collaborate with peers.


Submit a brief proposal by e-mail to (with subject line: Teaching Expo Proposal) by the extended deadline date: November 26, 2019

Please include the following information: 

  • Presenter's name
  • Title of session
  • Type of session: (1) mini-lesson, (2) teaching or educational research presentation, (3) faculty/staff/student panel, (4) roundtable
  • Duration of session (i.e. 30 or 60 minutes)
  • Brief description (150 – 250 words)
  • Learning outcomes (40-word limit)
  • Strategy to actively engage participants during the session (i.e. group discussion, think-pair-share)
  • Supplies you will use (i.e. AV, flip chart paper, sticky notes, markers, pens, etc.)

Session proposals will be reviewed by a Teaching Expo Program Committee, composed of faculty and academic staff, and responses will be sent to applicants by December 16th, 2019. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mariela Giuliano, Education Developer, FCDC:

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University

Bachelor of Education/Teacher Information Day

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 2:00pm to 7:30pm


Each year, Campus Life & Career Services hosts a Bachelor of Education Information Day. Representatives from universities . . .
- Lakehead; Medaille; Niagara U; Redeemer; U of Toronto; UOIT; York; U of Western -
. . . offering the BEd (Bachelor of Education) come to OCAD to explain and promote their programs to our students. Some ESL recruiting firms - JET - will also be in attendance.

The 2008 event will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 from 10:00 to 3:30 in the Auditorium, Room 190, in the main building at 100 McCaul Street.

It is never too early or too late to plan, so all students are welcome. Third- and fourth-year students with an interest in teaching are strongly encouraged to attend.

Contact: Tom Fairbairn, Career Services Advisor, 416-977-6000,Ext. 261.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Ontario Universities Computing Conference

OUCC Conference
Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 4:00am to Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 4:00am

Our campuses are expanding physically and virtually and technology change is facilitating that growth. Student and faculty populations are larger, more diverse and geographically dispersed. At the same time, this population is becoming more open to and dependent on technology to facilitate their learning and busy lifestyles: listening to lectures on iPods, video-conferencing, emailing and accessing course notes. Expectations on IT departments are increasing to support new initiatives, including expanded support for new and existing backend systems, networks, servers, labs, laptops, printers, personal peripherals and mobile devices. How can we expand our campus in a sustainable and efficient way, with fewer resources, and provide an anytime, anywhere, high-quality experience for students, faculty and staff?

Keynote Speakers: Ian Jukes, Bill Buxton and Ray Kurzweil.

For complete program visit the OUCC website.

Venue & Address: 
York University and OCAD 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Bachelor of Education/Teaching Information Day

Friday, October 19, 2007 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Interested in teaching? OCAD students enjoy a unique learning environment which combines an experiential, studio-based education with liberal studies. One of the many options open to holders of the BFA or the BDes is teaching in the Ontario public school system. Students may also be interested in travel abroad as ESL teachers.
Each year, the Campus Life & Career Services Centre hosts a Bachelor of Education Information Day. Representatives from universities offering the BEd (Bachelor of Education) come to OCAD to explain and promote their programs to our students. All students are welcome. Third- and fourth-year students with an interest in teaching are strongly encouraged to attend.
This year, the University of Toronto, Queen's, York, and many other schools will be in attendance. There also will be representatives from the larger ESL recruitment firms. Confirmed participants are:
ArtHeart, Brock, JET, Medaille, Ont. College of Teachers, OISE (U of T), Queen's, Redeemer, UOIT, University of Western Ontario, York '
Questions may be directed to: Tom Fairbairn, Career Services Advisor, 416-977-6000, Ext. 261.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Continuing Education in Art and Design: Meeting the Needs of the Creative Digital Economy

Event Poster
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 4:00pm

Presentation by Evan Tapper, Manager, Continuing Studies at OCAD University as part of the CAUCE 2014 Conference

The global digital media sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the knowledge economy, with a current estimated valuation of US $2.2 trillion. The rapidly changing digital media sector poses new challenges to workers in the creative economy as technical skills must be updated constantly. This presentation will outline the digital skills gap and explore how the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver have developed successful continuing studies programs from a uniquely art and design perspective to meet the needs of the creative digital economy.

Venue & Address: 
The Westin Nova Scotian Hotel 1181 Hollis Street Halifa, Nova Scotia  
Registration required