Annual Faculty Research Symposium

The Faculty Research Symposium is an interdisciplinary research event; it showcases the research of faculty, adjunct faculty, and sessionals across campus. We choose a broad general theme that will bring together scholars from different disciplines on and off campus. We regularly include guest lecturers via the ORION Lecture Series.

Upcoming Symposium

New directions in digital scholarship:

The library and the university community

Faculty Research Symposium
Friday, February 27, 2015

How is scholarship being transformed and expanded by digital possibilities? What are the significant challenges in digital scholarship? This symposium sponsored by Art History and Visual Studies presents Fine Arts faculty and guests exploring these questions and more. Featuring guest speaker Dr. Fabrizio Nevola from the University of Exeter.

Past Symposiums

2015 - 10th Faculty Research Symposium

New Directions in Digital Scholarship:
The library and the university community

with ORION Keynote Speaker:
Fabrizio Nevola
Professor and Chair, Art History and Visual Culture, University of Exeter (UK)

Dr. Catherine Harding

2013 - 9th Faculty Research Symposium

September 2013

Contemporaneity: Then and Now

with ORION Keynote Speaker:
Terry Smith
Andrew Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History & Theory, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Catherine Harding
Dr. Allan Antliff

2012 - 8th Faculty Research Symposium

September 2012

Acts of Intervention: The Arts and Social Change

with ORION Keynote Speakers: Luigi Ferrara & John O'Brian

Dr. Erin Campbell
Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer



Luigi Ferrara
MRAIC, B. Arch., OAA, Hon. ACID O, Senator ICSID
Director, School of Design and the Institute without Boundaries
George Brown College

Learning to Change: A Change Lab in Action

Luigi Ferrara is the Director of the School of Design and the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College in Canada. His previous accomplishments include Executive Board Member for the International Council of the Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) from 1997-2003, and then as President in 2003-05, after which he assumed the role of an ICSID Senator. Prior to his time at ICSID, Luigi was the President and CEO of DXNet Inc. between 1999-2002, Founding Director of the Architectural Literacy Forum (ALF) and Honorary Member of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACID O). In addition to his roles as architect, designer, entrepreneur, educator and lecturer, Luigi is a Registered Architect with seal (member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada). He has curated exhibitions and authored books and catalogues.



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PhD (Harvard University)
Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
University of British Columbia

Nuclear Invisibilities: The Man with the Bag on his Head

While finishing his Ph.D. at Harvard, John O’Brian joined the University of British Columbia in 1987. At UBC he is Professor of Art History and Faculty Associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. He has published extensively on modern art history, theory and criticism, particularly on the institutionalization of modernism in North America, producing more than a dozen books and sixty articles. In 2008, he became the Brenda & David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies for a three-year period. During his tenure, he explored the engagement of photography with the atomic era in Canada. The research forms part of a larger project on nuclear photography in North America and Japan, called “Camera Atomica,” which is being supported by a research grant from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada. “Camera Atomica” is also the name of an exhibition he is preparing for the Art Gallery of Ontario. A related book, Atomic Postcards: Radioactive Messages from the Cold War (Intellect Books), co-authored with Jeremy Borsos, was published in 2011.

2011 - 7th Faculty Research Symposium

November 2011


with ORION Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christy Anderson

Dr. Catherine Harding

2010 - 5th & 6th Faculty Research Symposium

October 2010

Text & Image

Dr. Marcus Milwright



March 2010

Cultural Fusions/Cultural Fissures

Dr. Allan Antliff

Dr. Carolyn Bulter Palmer


2008 - 4th Faculty Researsh Symposium

October 2008

Figure(s) & Focus: The Body Sacred & Secular



2007 - 3rd Faculty Research Symposium

September 2007




2005 - 2nd Faculty Research Symposium

March 2005

Art on the Margins

Dr. Allan Antliff
Dr. Marcus Milwright


2004 - 1st Faculty Research Symposium

January 2004

Space and Spatiality



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