“Interactions: Collaboration, Participation, and Dialogue in the Arts” is the title of the 2019 Art History Graduate Student Society (AHGSS) annual conference. This year’s theme centers around notions of interactivity within arts spaces and artistic practice, both for viewers and artists alike. Graduate students from Carleton and elsewhere will be invited to present conference-style papers or lead workshops related to their research on the topic.

The Background

This year’s theme of Interactions in the Arts expands on the idea of Art-spaces. Art-spaces represents the spaces where art interacts with people, ideas, and everyday life to form meaningful connections and enrich our experience with art and culture. These spaces take form in museums, exhibitions, architecture, design, interactive technologies, graphic design and more. By framing Art-spaces through ‘Interactions’, we address art beyond traditional academia and invite an interdisciplinary discussion of art history, while simultaneously allowing modern interactive technology to connect with the discourse. Hence, the conference will expose participants in the art history program to explore art theory as a network of multiple disciplines and multiple medias.

The Rollout

Interactions will take place on Carleton University campus March 22 and 23, 2019. Our call for papers will be posted in early December. This time frame allows students to apply current research for courses or theses towards a possible paper or workshop for the conference.

The Impact

This is an opportunity for students and researchers from Carleton and other institutions and geographic locations to meet, interact and learn from each other. This conference will not only benefit Carleton Art History students, but also scholars who engage in the study and practice of art. This will provide students and faculty with the opportunity to engage in the exchange of ideas through presentations of original research. Furthermore, the conference is organized exclusively by Carleton graduate students, giving us the experience to plan and execute a successful conference in an academic space and communicating with other scholars and professionals.

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