• The 31st Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture : Creative Conflict


Submissions Due:      December 10, 2014
Symposium Dates:    February 27 – 28, 2015


Creative Conflict

Conflict generates and transforms many works of art and architecture, both inspiring their creation and shaping their legacies. The 31st Annual Boston University Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture invites submissions that explore visual and material manifestations of discord among individuals, groups, nations, or ideologies.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: works directly addressing disagreement, violence, and war; political posturing and persuasion; ideological dissent and inner turmoil; protective structures and objects such as armor, weaponry, and fortifications; and works subsequently impacted by conflict, including looting, vandalism, iconoclasm, wartime destruction and pillaging, accidental damage in times of riot or unrest, and disputes over the ownership and display of works of art.

We welcome submissions from graduate students at all stages of their studies, working in any area or discipline.


– A paper title
– An abstract (300 words)
– CV

Please send to the Symposium Coordinator, Sarah Parrish, at bugraduatesymposiumhaa@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and selected speakers will be notified before January 1st. The Symposium will be held Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28, 2015, with a keynote lecture by Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, at the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery on Friday evening and graduate presentations on Saturday in the Riley Seminar Room of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This event is generously sponsored by The Boston University Center for the Humanities; the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston University Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association; and the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery.

For additional information, please visit:


Boston University College of Arts & Sciences, Department of History of Art & Architecture 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 – bu.edu/ah


  • CALL FOR ENTERIES: Destablizing Dystopia Graduate Student Exhibition

WHEN: April10-12,2015
WHERE: University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

dystopia 1 dis’topedl noun

an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad,typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

“…scratch the surface a little,and-or so I think-you see something more like a yin and yang pattern; within each utopia,a concealed dystopia; within each dystopia,a hidden utopia,if only in the form of the world as it existed before the bad guys took over”

-Margaret Atwood, In Other Worlds, 85

The Art & Design Graduate Student’s Association (ADGSA) at the University of Alberta is seeking proposals for an interdisciplinary graduate student exhibition on the topic of Destabilizing Dystopia in art,design and research practice.

The ADGSA welcomes submissions from current, recent and prospective graduate students. We encourage submissions from practicing visual and performance artists as well as designers which interact with the notion of dystopia (both historical and contemporary). We are particularly interested in submissions which strive to destabilize perceptions of societal dystopias, as well as those which introduce novel forms of representation or critical attention for the concerns in question.

Deadline for Submissions: December 31, 2014

Areas of interest may include but are not limited to:

– Environmental Transformation and Destruction
– Technology and Trans-Humanism
– Themes of Politics, Religion and Economics
– Artistic and Filmic Representations of Dystopia
– Health, Well ness and Ability/Disability
– Inter-national and Trans-national Perceptions of Society
– Historical Perspectives on Utopia and Dystopia
– Critical Action, Artistic Practice and Research Creation

Exhibition Submission Guidelines:

– Email the following to adgsaexhibition2015@gmail.com
– Proposal/Artist Statement (maximum 300 words)
– Curriculum vitae, including name, telephone number and email address
– A maximum of 5 images or up to 5 minutes of video:
• 72 dpi, 1024 x 768 pixels, maximum 1 MB
• Videos must be viewable with Quicktime or available online via direct link to website
• The file name of each image must be as follows: LastName_Title_Medium_Dimensions_Year.JPEG –  Include details regarding installation requirements

Please indicate if you would be interested in giving an artist talk or participating in a panel discussion during the symposium.

All shipping fees will be paid by the artist. Work should arrive framed or accompanied with installation materials.


  • David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge

Honouring past OCE Board Chair David McFadden, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge invites university and college students from across Ontario to address challenges facing the energy sector.

Up to 10 finalists will be selected to pitch their idea at OCE’s ‘Discovery’ trade show and conference on April 27-28, 2015.

The winner, to be announced on April 28, 2015 at Discovery, receives $25,000 to assist in advancing the winning business concept.

About the Challenge:

The theme for this year’s Energy Entrepreneur Challenge is “Meeting the Energy Challenge of Remote Communities”. Hundreds of millions of people around the world live in remote communities with no access to electricity or electricity that is intermittent, unreliable and often at an unaffordable price. Affordable electricity is vital to enhancing the quality of life and economic prospects of the residents of remote communities. This year’s challenge is to develop sustainable electricity generation technology and/or distribution systems that will rapidly meet the needs of remote communities and be easy to install and maintain. The approach should be usable in both remote communities in Canada and those in other parts of the world.

How to Apply:
To enter, the applicant must complete a three-minute pitch video and upload to YouTube and an entry form must be completed and sent to Binny Arora at energychallenge@oce-ontario.org no later than February 3, 2015.

Videos will not be eligible for the award without the submission of a completed entry form which you can download from the website.

For more information on the challenge and David McFadden’s vision, please visit our website.
Should you have any questions about this program, please contact Binny Arora, Program Manager at


Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think would be eligible and interested.