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37th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium

March 11, 2020:  It is with great regret that we announce that we are cancelling this year’s Annual Art History Graduate Symposium. We were all very much looking forward to hosting the event, but with the threat of the coronavirus and the difficulties of interstate travel we felt that it would be in the best interest of all parties to call it off.  We look forward to hosting emerging scholars at future symposia; meanwhile we are proud to showcase past participants in our newly digitized publication, Athanor.

History and Mission

Inaugurated in 1981, the FSU Art History Graduate Symposium participates in a long tradition of student conferences in our discipline. This open forum brings together students, professors, and members of the community to share ideas and expertise. We call it a symposium, with all the classical associations of that word, to suggest that it is not just a series of lectures, but a conversation.

Our purpose is to provide the opportunity for students to present the results of their scholarly efforts in twenty-minute talks, and to profit from the audience’s response. At the end of each paper, the speaker engages directly with the audience, both students and faculty, so that the ideas they present become the basis for further exploration. Each year we invite a distinguished scholar to deliver the keynote address and participate in these discussions, as part of the Vincent and Agatha Thursby Visiting Scholars Lecture Series. Recent keynote scholars have included Barbara E. Mundy, Claire Farago, Felipe Pereda, Maria Gough, John T. Paoletti, and Richard Schiff.

Sharing research, meeting others in our field, creating long-lasting friendships and professional associations – these vital interchanges are at the core of the FSU Symposium experience. We seek to broaden the professional, personal, and academic horizons of every participant: the visiting young scholar, the returning alumnus, the local undergraduate considering graduate work — and of course the professors, who also learn a great deal in the process.


Our symposium is distinguished from similar gatherings because it was conceived from the start to result in a publication. Student speakers are able to submit their papers to our journal Athanor, published here sine 1981 in the College of Fine Arts by the FSU Museum of Fine Arts Press. The manuscript goes through several stages of editing before coming to fruition in the final article, which have been published and shared with more than 300 libraries and institutions across America and Europe. In the interest of conservation and innovation, in 2019 we transformed Athanor to an online publication. Athanor XXXVII was released during Open Access Week October 2019, the first issue to be published entirely online. All previous editions are also available online: Athanor: Archive. Print copies of some editions are still available by request; contact the Art History Media Center curator for details.

Past Symposium

Photos and recap of the 36th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium, March 2018.