UAAC - AAUC Conference 2018

The 2018 UAAC conference will be hosted by the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, ON, October 25 to 27, 2018.
Call for Sessions
Note: Revised deadline now Feb. 7th, 2018
Conference - 2018 – Congrès
October 25-27 octobre, 2018

Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario

Call for Session Proposals

We invite the submission of session proposals for the annual UAAC-AAUC conference, to be hosted by the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo, We hope to offer a range of sessions, round tables, and panels that reflect UAAC’s diverse constituents, in terms of membership and scholarship. Sessions, round tables, and panels are invited that interrogate historical and contemporary art history, visual and material culture, creative studio practice, design practice, theory and criticism, pedagogy, and museum and gallery practice. We particularly welcome sessions that focus on areas that have not been strongly represented at previous UAAC conferences, such as Indigenous scholarship and practices, scholars, artists/theorists dealing with race(ism), immigration, diaspora, and, more recently, Medieval and Early Modern studies.

Proposals (which can be in English, French or an Indigenous language) should include a title; a 150-word description of the panel; and full contact information for the session chair/s. The deadline for submission to is February 7, 2018.

Only members of UAAC-AAUC may chair or co-chair and/or present papers in conference sessions. Non members who propose sessions will be required to become members in the event that their proposals are

We welcome proposals from permanent and contractual academic staff, independent scholars, artists and curators, and graduate students in terminal degree programs. Sessions that include a mixture of graduate students and faculty/independent researchers are also encouraged.

Please note that only ONE proposal will be accepted per member, whether that proposal is for a single or jointly chaired session, roundtable or workshop.

We invite you to visit the UAAC website at to find out about the conference and membership.

Please submit proposals using the attached form to Fran Pauzé, at by February 7, 2018.

A receipt will be sent for all proposals received. If you do not receive a receipt please contact the UAACAAUC office.

2017 Conference

Our conference in Banff was a huge success.  Session chairs and presenters included  over 150  students and contract academic staff for whom travel to Banff was more expensive than most UAAC conferences.  This year UAAC budgeted $5000 for the travel fund which helps offset the cost of travel for student and associate members . The balance of the travel fund comes from your donations.
2017 Conference Programme
The 2017 conference programme is now available.  To access, please click here or on the link at the bottom of the page.
Conference regulations:
1. Applicants may only submit one proposal.
2. Proposals for papers should be sent directly to the session chair(s).
3. Submissions must include: the name and email address of the applicant; the applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank; the paper title; an abstract (300 words maximum); and a brief bio (150 words maximum). Submissions must be provided as an editable document, preferably in MS word.
4. Proposals may be submitted by current members or non-members of UAAC. Non-members MUST become members of UAAC and pay registration fees in order to present a paper at the conference.  Membership dues and registration fees must be received by September 15, 2017.
5. The conference is open to post-secondary faculty in all fields of the visual arts (art history, visual culture, material culture, museum studies, art conservation, etc.), visual artists, practitioner/researchers, as well as independent scholars in such fields.
6. Student members of UAAC who are pursuing a terminal degree (examples: a PhD in art history or related disciplines, an MFA, a Masters of Design) may submit proposals. MA students are not permitted to give papers at the conference.
7. Session chairs may not present a paper in their own session. However, they may submit a proposal to another session.
8. Session chairs are responsible for the selection of the papers to be included in their session, and must inform all applicants to that session whether or not their paper has been accepted.


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