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CALL FOR PAPERS: The Secret Arts and the Art of Secrets

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Secret Arts and the Art of Secrets
7 Hart House Circle, East Common Room
Time: Jan 29th, 12:01 am End: Jan 29th, 11:59 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-

We are currently accepting abstract submissions for the 2017 Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium, hosted by the Department of Art and the Graduate Union of the Students of Art at the University of Toronto:


The Secret Arts and the Art of Secrets:

A symposium exploring the relationship between Art and Esotericism


Friday March 10, 2017

East Common Room, Hart House 

7 Hart House Circle 

University of Toronto 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Keynote address: Professor Serena Keshavjee, University of Winnipeg

Justly or not, esotericism has been universally excised from modernist perceptions of the world: the practice of astrology has been distanced from astronomy; alchemy has been distilled from chemistry; and magic has been calculated out of the equations of physics. The modern antipathy to Esotericism, however, has been tempered by exciting research over the past thirty years with increasingly more papers, periodicals, conferences, and academic programs that seek to rehabilitate, reveal, and interrogate the formative role that Esoteric traditions have had and continue to have on contemporary culture. This symposium aims to participate in this movement by investigating Esotericism in the context of visual culture from  antiquity to the present. It seeks to provide a forum for scholars from a wide variety of fields who are keen about this engaging topic, but who may be finding it difficult to connect with other researchers on a subject that has only recently gained momentum within established academic curricula. We invite participation from students and scholars, new to the field or not, who may be deploying systems of visual and material culture in their research as a basis for illustration or argumentation.

Presentations should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a 10-minute question and answer session for each presentation. Selected presentations will be chosen for publication in the University of Toronto Art Journal, an online publication of the symposium proceedings.

For more information, please visit: https://gustasymposium.wordpress.com/ 

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a biographical sketch of no more than 150 words to the Graduate Union of the Students of Art at gustasymposium@gmail.com or online at https://gustasymposium.wordpress.com/submissions/ by 
January 29, 2017

With appreciation,

Tia Sager and John Koenig, symposium co-chairs

University of Toronto gustasymposium@gmail.com


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