CFP: CONTEXT AND MEANING XIII (Queen’s University, Ontario) — Deadline November 13th, 2013

The Graduate Visual Culture Association of Queen’s University presents


We are pleased to announce that the thirteenth annual Context and Meaning graduate student conference will take place at Queen’s University on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st, 2014. This year’s theme is “Contact” and we invite students to submit proposals for papers on issues surrounding contact as expressed through visual and material culture. We are interested in exploring this theme in a variety of contexts, including, but not limited to:

• Cross-cultural contact (imperialism, colonialism, diaspora, diplomacy)
• Physical contact (human-object contact, conservation, ceremony, performance)
• Temporal contact (the appropriation of a visual style from one period to another, alternative visions of the future, time and space)
• Collaboration (workshops, artist to artist, artist and curator, conservator and academic and artist, institutions, community-based initiatives)
• Correspondence or exchange

This conference is open to both historical and contemporary topics, and may relate to things considered “fine art” as well as those encountered everyday. Submissions are welcome from graduate students, as well as those who have completed their studies within the last year, from across Canada and the United States who conduct research in all disciplines that engage with visual and material culture. In light of our theme, we seek to assemble a diverse group of scholars in order to foster interdisciplinary discussions.

Each presenter will be allotted twenty minutes to deliver her or his papers, followed by a ten-minute discussion period. If you are interested in speaking at Context and Meaning XIII, please email an abstract of no more than 300 words, along with a brief letter of introduction, to As a blind panel will review all submissions, please ensure that your name and the title of your paper are included in your letter of introduction, but that your name and other identifying marks are left off the abstract.

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, November 13th, 2013.

If you have any questions concerning the conference, please contact us at

Graduate Student Conference Committee
Graduate Visual Culture Association
Department of Art, Ontario Hall
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6