Submission Deadline: Friday, January 6th, 2017

Symposium Date: February 17th-18th, 2017, Toronto, ON

The Art History Graduate Student Association of York University is pleased to present Decelerated Dialogues, the 16th Annual Art History and Visual Culture Symposium. The Symposium theme responds to the 2016 York University Summer Institute, Slowness not Sedation, which explored slowness as an active mode of engagement within visual and art-historical practices. The 2017 Symposium will continue to explore what slowness can look like in our contemporary climate.

This year’s Symposium reacts to the concept of slowness through the lens of deceleration, which indicates a change in pace rather than a quality of movement. In contemporary contexts, deceleration can be interpreted to encompass topics such as sustainability, mindful artistic approaches, forms of art that encourage resistance, abstracted conceptions of reality, and escapism. By questioning encounters that cause deceleration, and the opportunities for critical conversation that emerge because of it, Decelerated Dialogues explores the motivations and stakes of slowing down.

In a time that seems factional and divided, we encourage applicants of all disciplines to submit a paper or project proposal, and take the time to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue. We are open to long-distance submissions, which may be presented at the conference via audio/video recording.

Relevant topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Movement studies and body art
  • Durational degradation.
  • Counter-productivity and/or inefficiency
  • Temporalities of social change
  • Strategies for care
  • Alternative curatorial strategies
  • Mnemonic methodologies
  • Minimalism
  • Sustainability
  • Time-based media

Please send an abstract describing your paper or project (300 words maximum), the technical/spatial/durational requirements of your presentation, a personal bio (max. 250 words), and your contact information by Friday, January 6th, 2017 to

Successful participants will be notified by January 16th, 2017. The conference will take place on February 17th-18th, 2017 in Toronto, ON. The location is TBD.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Art History Graduate Student Association of York University at

Thank you!


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