2019 Graduate Student Symposium Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker: Edward S. Casey, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy,
State University of New York at Stony Brook and Author of The World on Edge (2017)

What begins as undifferentiated space becomes place as we get to know it better and endow it with value.”

-Yi-Fu Tuan

The Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of California Santa Barbara, is pleased to announce a one-day graduate symposium, “Visualizing Place and Space,” on Friday, April 26, 2019. Space and place are at the core of our experiences of the world. The visual arts both represent and shape those experiences by influencing how we perceive the environment as it is situated physically, intellectually and affectively. We hope to explore theories and models of space and place as they manifest in art, design, craft, architecture and other visual forms of communication. Of primary concern are the ways in which space, place and the lived world are mapped, indexed, and expressed through various artistic practices. What can be revealed about place and space through such visualizations? What roles do space and place play in the formation and reinforcement of structures of power?

We seek paper proposals that engage critically with the aesthetic, historical, social, or political aspects of representations of space and place across time and geographies. We also welcome proposals from a range of fields including visual arts and digital humanities.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Cognitive mapping, mental mapping and psychogeography
Affective dimensionalities
Gallery/museum space
Embodiment in space/place
Spaces of liminality and transition
Power visualized through mapping
Land art, earthworks and landscape architecture
Public art, monuments and memorials
Visualizing queer, gendered and ethnic spaces
Placemaking in architecture and design
Social Geometries
Space and place represented through senses other than sight

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a one-page CV to ucsb.haa.symposium2019@gmail.com by January 15, 2019. Symposium presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in length. We encourage applicants to include their working title and images. All participants will be notified by February 16, 2018.

Please feel free to contact symposium organizers Benjamin Jameson-Ellsmore and Sophia Gimenez at ucsb.haa.symposium2019@gmail.com with any questions.