CFP - Portraiture and Self- Portraiture in Canada, University Art Association of Canada (UAAC)

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Call for Papers
June 24, 2016
Quebec, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Canadian History / Studies, Fine Arts, Indigenous Studies, Native American History / Studies

Call for Papers 2016 Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada

Appel à communications Congrès 2016 de l’Association d’art des universités du Canada
UQÀM, Montréal, October 27-30th, 2016

Submission Deadline: June 24, 2016

Panel: Portraiture and Self-Portraiture in Canada

Devon Smither
University of Lethbridge

The recent touring exhibitions, “1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group” and "The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists," signal a renewed interest in portraiture and figurative representation in Canada. Portraiture can reveal a great deal about the interrelationship between representation, subjectivity, and identity. As theoretical models for conceiving subjectivity have shifted, art historians have problematized portraiture and departed from a conception of the genre as simply a mimetically accurate likeness. This panel seeks papers that address any medium from any time period. What can we learn about Canada by examining the history of portraiture? How do Indigenous epistemologies fit within, or work against, the EuroAmerican tradition of the portrait? How do portraits shape social values and invent new possibilities for defining subjectivity? This session looks at these questions and aims to refocus attention on the theoretical place of portraiture in Canada with a particular focus on race, gender, sexuality, agency, and authorship.

How to Submit a Proposal


Proposals for papers shall not exceed 150 words and are to be submitted to the individual Session Conveners for consideration (please see below under “Conference Regulations” for further guidelines about proposals).


Most sessions are composed of three or four 20-minute papers. This leaves time in the 90-minute slot for formal responses or questions from the audience. Each session must have one or a maximum of two Chair(s) who are not also speaking in the session. Therefore, if present Session Conveners (to whom prospective participants should submit their abstracts for consideration) wish to give a paper in their session, they must find a Chair for that session. Other formats, such as roundtable discussions, must also have a Chair who stands outside the discussion and moderates it.


In order to permit the widest possible variety of sessions, double sessions are not usually permitted. Decisions to permit double sessions lie with the Session Planning Committee for the conference, who will inform chairs/conveners who petition for such sessions whether or not this will be possible within the program structure.


Conference Regulations


1.         Applicants may only submit one proposal.

2.         Proposals should be sent directly to the session chair(s).

3.         Submissions must include: the name and email address of the applicant; the applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank; the paper

             title; an abstract (150 words maximum); and a brief bio (150 words).

4.         Proposals may be submitted by current members or non-members of UAAC. Non-members must become members of UAAC and             pay registration fees in order to present a paper at the conference. Membership dues and registration fees must be received by                     October 1, 2016.

5.         The conference is open to post-secondary faculty in all fields of the visual arts (art history, fine arts, visual culture, material culture,               museum studies, art conservation, etc.), visual artists, curators, practitioner/researchers, as well as independent scholars in such               fields.

6.         Student members of UAAC who are pursuing a terminal degree (examples: a PhD in art history or related disciplines, an MFA, a                   Masters of Design) may submit proposals. MA students are not permitted to give papers at the conference.

7.         Session chairs may not present a paper in their own session. However, they may submit a proposal to another session.

8.         Session chairs are responsible for the selection of the papers to be included in their session, and must inform all applicants to that               session whether or not their paper has been accepted.



Règles de participation


1.         Vous ne pouvez soumettre qu’une seule proposition de communication.

2.         Merci d’envoyer votre propositions de communication directement aux président.e.s de séance.

3.         Votre soumission doit inclure votre nom, adresse courriel, affiliation institutionnelle et fonction, ainsi que le titre et le résumé de la                 communication proposée (maximum 150 mots) et une courte notice biographique (environ 150 mots).

4.         Toute personne intéressée qui remplit les conditions énoncées aux points 5 et 6 peut soumettre une proposition. Par contre, si vous             n’êtes pas membre de l’AAUC vous devrez payer les frais d’adhésion ainsi que les frais d’inscription afin de participer au congrès                 et ce avant le 1er octobre 2016. Les membres actuels devront renouveler leur adhésion et s’inscrire au congrès avant la même                   date.

5.         Le congrès est ouvert aux enseignant.e.s postsecondaires dans tous les champs des arts visuels, tels que l’histoire de l’art, les                   arts visuels et médiatiques, la culture visuelle, la culture matérielle, la conservation et la muséologie, la recherche-création, etc.,                   ainsi qu’aux commissaires et aux chercheur.e.s indépendant.e.s œuvrant dans ces champs.

6.         Seul.e.s les membres étudiants de l’AAUC qui poursuivent un diplôme professionnel/terminal (exemples : doctorat en histoire de                   l’art, maîtrise en arts visuels ou en design) peuvent soumettre une proposition. Les étudiant.e.s à la maîtrise en histoire de l’art (ou               disciplines connexes) ne sont pas admissibles.

7.         Les président.e.s de séance ne peuvent pas présenter une communication dans leur propre séance. Les président.e.s peuvent                   néanmoins soumettre un proposition à une autre séance.

8.         Les président.e.s de séances sont responsables de la sélection des propositions de communications et doivent faire le suivi avec               tous les candidat.e.s.

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