Speaker series: Expansive Approaches to Indigenous Art Histories

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:00am to Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Models for writing and teaching art historical knowledge have traditionally emerged from a western framework. The implications for knowledge formed under this lineage are often wrapped up in questions of perception and culture. Within conversations about Indigenous art, these factors call into play ideas of pedagogy and practice. The question of how Indigenous artists, curators, and scholars define art historical knowledge in relation to their own work locates Indigenous art histories in practices that come from contemporary and dynamic Indigenous-led research. Expansive Approaches to Indigenous Art Histories is a speaker series organized to question: What are Indigenous art histories? Who authors them? For what purpose? How does this knowledge get stored? How is it shared? And what ethical considerations emerge as a result of these shifts in thinking?

Presentations are scheduled take place Thursdays from 10 to 11:20 a.m. in room 420, 205 Richmond St. W. The first five of eleven speakers this term are:

September 6: Alan Corbiere
September 13: Bonnie Devine
September 20:  Susan Blight
September 27: Lisa Myers
October 18: Richard Hill
October 25: Jaimie Isaac
November 1: Carmen Robertson
November 8: Peter Morin
November 15: Cathy Mattes
November 22: Gerald McMaster
November 29: Candice Hopkins

All are welcome!

This series is made possible by the Faculty of Graduate Studies through the Graduate Studies Indigenous Innovation Fund.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W., room 420
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FUNCTION Speaker Series:

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Function 10 will take place from 6 to 10PM on November 24th in the newly renovated Ada Slaight Student Gallery for an evening of speakers including past and present members of the Student Press, collaborators, and OCAD University alumni to discuss the importance of interdisciplinary research, dialogue, and critical publication initiatives. What is the value of student publications? How has involvement with student publishing impacted our speakers' professional practices?

Panel presentations start at 6:40 PM followed by open discussion and questions as well as music, food, drinks!


  • Amy Leaman
  • Ansel Shmidt
  • David Caterini
  • David Schnitman
  • Emma Novotny
  • Rowan Red Sky
  • Symon Oliver
  • Tucker McLachlan
  • and current Student Press members

For questions or information, please contact: contact@ocadustudentpress.com

The OCAD U Student Press serves as a platform for idea sharing, research, and communication among the OCAD U community. We publish a major book every year, showcasing ground-breaking academic research and projects done by our most promising students in the fields of art and design. The Press offers a series of educational workshops, additional publications and events, offering students new opportunities to get involved.

See more OCAD U student-run groups at www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
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