2022 Online Symposium

Dismantling the Body: Possibilities and Limitations in Art Making

The Graduate Students of Art History (GSAH) is pleased to invite you to the two-day virtual symposium “Dismantling the Body: Possibilities and Limitations in Art Making” on May 18–19, 2022. Throughout art’s history, the human body has been a site of tensions, subject to regulations, overcoming or submitting to physical challenges, but also offering far-reaching opportunities for self-expression. This symposium will bring together scholars and artists to explore the interactions between body and place, the production of bodily knowledge, the regulation of the body, and its agency. The event will feature two keynote lectures and six panels.

Keynote Speaker, May 18: Lou-ann Neel is from the Mamalilikulla and Kwagiulth people of the Kwakwaka’wakw (the Kwak’wala-speaking people). She is a practicing visual artist, working in textiles, jewelry, illustration, painting, and digital design. In addition to her artistic practice, Neel serves as Curator of the Indigenous Collections and Acting Head of Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Department at the Royal BC Museum. She will speak about Indigenous ways of art-making. Learn more about Neel

Keynote Speaker, May 19: Amanda Cachia is a curator, writer, and art historian who specializes in disability art activism across intersectional axes of difference, including gender, race, and sexuality. Cachia received her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the University of California San Diego in 2017. She is developing two book projects: the first, entitled Revision of the Senses: Disability, Art, Agency, under peer review with Duke University Press, and the second is entitled Restraining Bodies: Feminist Disability Aesthetics in North Africa and the Middle East. Her first edited volume, Curating Access: Disability Art Activism and Creative Accommodation, under contract with Routledge, will be released in December 2022, that includes over 40 international contributors. Learn more about Cachia.

Welcome by Jamie Walker, Director, School of Art + Art History + Design
Introduction by a GSAH representative
Keynote by Lou-ann Neel
Panel 1: Masking, Veiling, Performing
Panel 2: Absent/Present

Introduction + Keynote by Amanda Cachia
Panel 3: Bodily Knowledge Part 1
Panel 4: Bodily Knowledge Part 2
Concluding Remarks

Three members of GSAH and its reading group, Dismantling the Canon, organized this symposium:
Giordano Conticelli, PhD student
Ananya Sikand, PhD Candidate
Or Vallah, PhD Candidate

Disability Accommodation
To request disability accommodation, contact the UW Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the event.

Image credit:
Lou-ann Neel with a model pole made by her grandmother, Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artist Ellen Neel. Photograph by Sven Haakanson Jr.
Aaron McPeake, Gongs, 2007–10, installation view, Sweet Gongs Vibrating, curated by Amanda Cachia, San Diego Art Institute, 2016 (artwork © Aaron McPeake; photograph by Ryan Gambrell)