The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History (CUJAH) hold their 8th annual conference February 16th and 17th. The conference, organized around the title (dis)location: Art in a Mobile Age, provides a platform for undergraduate students to practice speaking in a conference setting, and also features workshops and a professional panel.
Katharine Stein spoke with conference coordinator Alisa Haugen-Strand about the theme, upcoming workshops, their keynote speaker Dr. Charmaine Nelson, their catalogue, and more.
Q: Talk to me a little bit more about the theme that you came up with.
Alisa: The theme is called (dis)location: Art in a Mobile Age. I guess I was just thinking about wanting to come up with a theme that felt relevant to Concordia and Montreal specifically. I was thinking about the issues that are at play in Montreal right now, and also just Concordia as a university – the fact that we live in a really multicultural city and we have a lot of international students. I was thinking about those sorts of issues, ideas of accessibility and diversity, and a lot of the issues that have been coming up recently within art history about appropriation and that sort of thing. We spoke a lot about this idea of place and of specificity within the locality of Montreal and Quebec, but then also about ideas of mobility and how, with the developments in technology that have taken place over the last century and especially more recently, that has made the art scene a lot more international, and in some ways has created new platforms and digital spaces for people who were left outside of the canon in the past and continue to be marginalized.