The AHA! Seminar

Current Discoveries in Art History & Visual Studies

Tuesday, February 15, 2022.  4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Via Zoom Webinar (link below)


Dr. Atri Hatef-Naiemi, 2019 PhD Graduate, Art History & Visual Studies, Uvic:
  • In Search of Blessing: The Veneration of the Tomb of Ghazan Khan from the Ilkhanid Period to the Present

Shanice Wolters, PhD Student, Yeates School of Graduate Studies:

  • Confronting Colonial Imaginings of Tahiti: An Examination of Painted and Photographed Representations of Māhū and Raerae

Current Discoveries in Art History & Visual Studies

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)


Ali Macdonald, PhD Candidate, College of William & Mary:
  • “To brighten every painful hour”: The Follet Family Sampler

 Jessica Ziakin, Artist & MA Student, UVic:

  • The Fool Eaten By God: Simone Weil’s Christian Anarchism in the Art of Cecil Collins

Current Discoveries in Art History & Visual Studies

  • Tuesday, October 26th (2021), at 4:30 Pacific Time.


    Tuesday, October 26th (2021), at 4:30 Pacific Time

    Anna O’Meara, PhD Student:

    • On the Poverty of Student Life: A Global Illustrated Bibliography

    Sarah Roberts, MA Student:

    • Maya Deren and Ritual Time as Creative Medium in A Study in Choreography for Camera’

Current Discoveries in Art History & Visual Studies

  • Wednesday, January 27th (2021), 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST


    Wednesday, January 27th, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST

    Francoise Keating, Ph.D. Candidate:

    Navigating Research Through a Wider World

    Erin Campbell, Ph.D., and Holly Cecil, M.A.:

    Curator’s Tour of the Life Stories Exhibition

Recent Discoveries in Art History & Visual Studies

  • Monday, November 30th, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST

    Connect by Zoom : Meeting ID: 929 8763 2648


Monday, November 30th

Chloe Tibert, MA Student:

Weaving Stories: Craft, Cloth & Consumption in India

Shruti Parthasarathy, Ph.D. Student:

Krishen Khanna: An Artist’s View of the Partition of India

Recent Discoveries in Art History & Visual Studies

  • The last Wednesday of every month (except August & holidays), 11:00 a.m. – noon, (Pacific time) via Zoom Webinar

    Connect by Zoom 



    October 28th, 2020

    • Maria Buhne, MA:

      At Home with Beatrix: A Contextual Study of Historic House Museums

      Brian Pollick, PhD Candidate:

      Dealing With Trauma in Late-Medieval Florence: Judgement, Compassion and Redemption

    Missed the seminar? View it here. (Brian Pollick’s presentation not recorded due to image copyright restrictions.)


  • All welcome: AHVS Undergraduate & Graduate Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff
  • An opportunity to share:
    • current research with peers (and for constructive feedback)
    • reviews of recent exhibitions, films
    • workshop your ‘in-development’ paper or presentations in a supportive environment
    • build connections in AHVS

    If you are interested in presenting: Contact Holly Cecil (AHVSGA Alumni Rep) at



September 30th, 2020

Missed the seminar? View the video:

  • [0:00 – 30:57] Terry Rodgers, MA:
    • ”Women Contained”: An Exploration of Gendered Architecture at the Villa Barbaro
  • [30:58 – 52:11] Azar Mirzaei:
    • The Impact of Railway Construction on Persian Architecture in Iran (1927 – 1941)


July 29th, 2020

Missed the seminar? View the video:

  • [0:00 – 25:00] Shiva Ebrahimi, UVic AHVS MA Candidate: Takyeh Dowlat and Qajar Propaganda: A Study of 19th-Century Theatrical Art and Architecture in Iran
  • [25:00 – 49:50] Barb Biggs, UVic AHVS Administrative Assistant: Education, Visual Communication, and the Art of Storytelling
  • [49:50 – 1:25:00] Katie Hughes, Legacy Galleries Community Engagement Coordinator: To Fish as Formerly: A Story of Straits Salish Resurgence. Also observations on curating for the COVID era.

June 24, 2020:

Zahra Kazani: Paper Making in Samarkand

Azar Mirzaei: Persian Architecture and the Impact of Industrialization: The Case of Anarak Mines and the Town of Anarak, 1935-41

Missed the AHA! Webinar? View recording (1 hr.)


(April & May 2020 Postponed due to COVID-19)

March 4th, 2020

Professor Allan Antliff:
• Decolonizing Modernism: Robert Henri’s Portraits of the Tewa Pueblo Peoples

Brian Pollick, PhD Candidate:
• Paradise Not Quite Lost: Giotto, Purgatory, and the Arena Chapel


February 5th, 2020:

Terhi Hannula:
•  Contemporary Art and Museum Architecture in Turku, Finland: Sited in a palace built in central Turku in 1928, Aboa Vetus Ars Nova is a museum combining displays of medieval archeological findings with contemporary art with vibrant and changing exhibitions.

Allan Antliff:
• Crafting for Success: The Exquisite Art of Conference Presentations

Azar Mirzaei:
The Industrialization of Iran: The impacts of a mechanized industrial complex on the architectural features of its region in the first Pahlavi Monarch

January 8th, 2020 AHA! Seminar:

  • Ashley Riddett: From Floor to Wall: The Shifting Values and Functions of Hooked Rugs in Nova Scotia (View Slides PDF)
  • Naomi Shields: Playing with Garbage: The Social Impact of Playing with Public Art (View Slides PDF)
  • Shiva Ebrahimi: Analyzing Fat in Joseph Beuys’ Action (View Slides PDF)

Dec. 4th, 2019 AHA! Seminar:

Nov. 6th, 2019 Inaugural Seminar:

  • Terry Rodgers: Lucca Field School, Italy
  • Jaiya Anka: “At the Galleries”
    • The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) to see Early Rubens (October 2019-January 2020), &
    • The St. Louis Art Museum (during my participation in an annual conference at the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, St. Louis University, June 2019)
  • Holly Cecil: “Local Exhibitions”
    • Current exhibition at the Legacy Downtown: “We Carry Our Ancestors: Cedar, Baskets and Our Relationships with the Land”
    • Sidney Fine Art Show, Oct. 18-20