Call for Proposals: un-histories: art and the unconcluded

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 3:15pm to Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:45pm


un-histories: art and the unconcluded

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Graduate Student Conference

Proposal/Abstract Deadline: December 7, 2017

Announcement of Acceptance: December 15, 2017

Please submit proposals to:

Conference Date: March 9-10, 2018

Location: OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada

Within the term “history” lies a conceptual confinement—the presumption that the topics being written about remain consigned to the past. This conference seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Through the notion of “un-histories,” conventional limits can be unsettled by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions: by re-organizing the composition of the past, by re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives, and by destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”— subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized. This call for papers seeks engagements in the writing of un-histories to rectify social and political injustices, to unpack the complexities of ontology, and to envision more inclusive, multifaceted futures.

The 2018 Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference invites proposals for academic papers/practices from MA, PhD students, independent scholars, and artists.

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • How can the contradiction of ‘contemporary history’ be resolved?
  • How are artists poised to engage the post-disciplinary? Can artworks incite un-history?
  • When does the contemporary start—does a rupture exist?
  • What does ‘contemporary’ suppress or finalize?
  • How are histories internalized or embodied?
  • What methods of transmission (epistemologies) can be engaged for the maintenance of existing knowledge? How does this compare to history as written?
  • How can histories and the archive be reconceived in the digital age?
  • How does nostalgia shape contemporary visual culture?
  • How do the private and public intersect with the local and global?
  • The presence of haunting, lingering or spectral histories
  • Problematizing the pedagogy of art histories and visual cultural histories
  • How can history be decolonized?
  • Archivable vs. unarchivable histories

What to submit: 250 word abstract about your paper/practice and a short biography.

Please submit texts as .doc or .pdf files.

Papers due: February 15, 2018

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada


Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 5:00pm


OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 19, 6-9pm

January 19-28, open Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 5pm.

OCAD University Graduate Gallery

205 Richmond Street W, 2nd floor, entrance on Duncan St. 

2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects and the IAMD Graduate Program are pleased to present:

2 ROOMS REVISITED - artworks created by OCAD University Faculty and Graduate students during their stay at 2 Rooms Artist Residency, Duntara, Newfoundland.  Catherine Beaudette, Claire Brunet, Susan Campbell, Vanessa Jackson, Rae Johnson, Colette Laliberté, Annette Mangaard, Diane Pugen, Katrina Tompkins                                  

2 Rooms Artist Residency is an opportunity for professional visual artists and writers to pursue their creative work in the rich natural and cultural environment of east coast Newfoundland. 2 Rooms Artist Residency is a space for multi-layered cultural exchange between artists, craftsmen, writers, and fishermen.

2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects is a non-profit platform for temporary on-site installation projects, exhibitions, events, and residencies, and an on-going museum of material culture in Bog Lane, Duntara,  Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. 

2 Rooms gratefully acknowledges the generosity of donors to the 2014 Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign

Contact: Catherine Beaudette

Director, 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects


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Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond Street W, 2nd floor, entrance on Duncan St.
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