HASA Conference Report
Thursday, April 5, 2018
On Saturday March 10th, the History of Art Students’ Association (HASA) at the University of Toronto presented the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Symposium; this year in cooperation with the Graduate Union of Students’ of Art (GUStA). The conference was centered around the theme of The Art of Passage: Trade, Colonial Expansion, Globalism, and featured a keynote speaker Iftikhar Dadi from Cornell University.
The day began by Professor Jenny Purtle’s introductory lecture on “Ambiguous Ground: Chinese Painting and the Sino-Mongol City”. After which, Students from universities across North America, including University of Toronto, UBC, Yale, Harvard and Columbia, presented their papers on related topics. Grouped in thematic panels the presenters opened a dialog with the audience on the subject of their papers and communicated their research and ideas.
The event provided an opportunity for students to gain from each other’s work and encounter various approached to undergraduate research in art history. Each presentation portrayed a unique methodology in perusing the influence of foreign encounters in artistic development from antiquity to contemporary artistic practices. The diversity and intellectual depth of the papers made for a dynamic educational experience for the presenters and the audience alike.
Report by Faraz Olfat
Photos: Nadia Bortolazzo