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5th Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium: The Art of Passage: Transnational Encounters and the Convergence of Cultures

March 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0

The Art of Passage: Transnational Encounters and the Convergence of Cultures: A Symposium exploring how cultural interactions and artistic migrations have shaped the growth of art and art history.

Friday March 9th, 2018
East Common Room Hart House
7 Hart House Circle
University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Keynote Address: Professor Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University

The transnational dimension of cultural transformation – migration, diaspora, displacement, relocation – makes the process of cultural translation a complex form of signification.
– Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture

Concepts such as influence, originality, hybridity, and authenticity have long come to shape our perception and understanding of art history. While much of the discipline was shaped by the search for specific identities, typologies, or styles, artistic transformations brought about by intercultural exchanges and transnational interactions in diverse parts of the world throughout the history of art, have forced us to reassess seemingly fixed borders and to reconsider the mobility of art history.

Considering the expansive definition of “passage,” this symposium hopes to contribute to the increasingly robust scholarship that seeks to rehabilitate, reveal, and interrogate the formative role that intercultural encounters have had on the history of art.


March 9
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Graduate Union of Students’ of Art (GUStA)


Hart House, East Common Room
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3 Canada
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