Program for the Arts

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts supports a range of events from small to large designed to enhance, improve and raise the profile of the Arts at the University of Toronto. Activities may include visitors, lecture series, symposia, exhibitions, performances, or other imaginative and arts initiatives, which will serve to foster the work of the Jackman Humanities Institute and to represent the leading scholarship of the humanities at the University of Toronto. Each year there will be a priority for at least one event that engages the wider public. The Program gives priority to activities that range across multiple units and across more than one campus. The Program also prefers activities that are related to the coming year's annual theme (Absence) but will consider proposals with other foci.

Dates are approximate and subject to change. For up to date information on events follow us on Twitter or Facebook, subscribe to our newsletter or check our Events section.

Woolly Mammoth: Histories and Futures of Climate Change
Rebecca Woods, A&S History and History & Philosophy of Science & Technology
Performance, September 1, 2023

Oblivion and Historical Memory in Colombia
Luis Van Isschot, A&S History and Latin American Studies
Visiting Speaker Héctor Abad and Event Series, September 25-26, 2023

The Neighbours: Forms of Trauma (1945-1989)
Lilia Topouzova, UTM Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology
Multi-Media Installation, September 25-29, 2023

Hip-Hop Diaspora Symposium
Pablo D. Herrera Veitia, and Mark V. Campbell, UTSC Arts, Culture and Media
Symposium, November 2023

Generations: Presence and Absence in Syrian Revolutionary Nonfiction
Brett Story, A&S Cinema Studies
Event Series: screenings, talks and panel discussion, mid-November 2023

Christine Shaw, UTM Visual Studies and Blackwood Gallery
Performance, January 17-20, 2024

Lori-Anne Dolloff, Faculty of Music
Event series with performance by Deantha Edmunds, Inuk Soprano, March 2024

“Even Under the Sea”: Geographies & Poetics of Black Belonging
SA Smythe, Faculty of Information
Event Series, Performance and Workshop, April 2024

Worlds Apart: Music, Nostalgia, and Absence in Canada’s Refugee Communities since 1945
Daniel Jordan, Faculty of Music
Visiting Speaker, Performance, and Conference,  May 25-26, 2024

The Present Absentee: Mona Hatoum and Emily Jacir in Conversation
Esmat Elhalaby, UTSC Historical and Cultural Studies
Visiting Speakers, Winter 2024

Embroidering Absence
María Mendez, A&S Political Science
Visiting Speaker and Exhibition, Winter 2024