HASA 2024 Undergraduate Research Symposium: DE/CIPHER

When and Where

Saturday, March 16, 2024 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
Hart House Music Room
Hart House
7 Hart House Circle Toronto, ON M5S 3H3


Human beings have always been fascinated by symbols and hidden messages. Throughout history, messages have been encoded in various visual and written formats. From poetry to painting, it takes time to interpret what the creator of an artwork wants the viewer to see. Art can serve as a unique way of indirectly imparting a message upon an audience, whether that be a political agenda, an assertion of self-identity, or deep-rooted religious beliefs. In this symposium, we’re exploring the various ways these messages have been communicated from the artist to the viewer through art, both in the past and in the present day.

The History of Art Students' Association is pleased to invite you to their symposium, which will take place on Saturday March 16, 2024, beginning at 10:00 AM and concluding at 6:00 PM. There will be nine undergraduate speakers presenting their exciting papers and two keynote speakers: University of Toronto's own Dr. Jessica Mace and Canadian artist and curator Micah Lexier.



Arts History, Centre for Medieval Studies, Cinema Studies Institute, Hart House, Jackman Humanities Institute


7 Hart House Circle Toronto, ON M5S 3H3