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37th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium – RESCHEDULED

March 5–6, 2021

The FSU Art History faculty and graduate students will host the 37th Annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium as a virtual conference on Friday and Saturday, March 5–6, 2021. The keynote speaker this year is Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor in the Department of Art History and the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Villaseñor Black’s research focuses on the art of the Ibero-American world. She is the author of the prize-winning 2006 book, Creating the Cult of St. Joseph: Art and Gender in the Spanish Empire, and is currently finishing Transforming Saints: Women, Art, and Conversion in Mexico and Spain, 1521-1800.

Call for Papers

We invite students currently working toward an MA or PhD to submit abstracts for papers for presentation. We welcome papers that represent an advanced stage of research from any area of the history of art, architecture, and cultural heritage studies. Paper sessions will take place on Friday afternoon and Saturday, with each paper followed by critical discussion. Papers will then be considered for inclusion in Athanor, our internationally distributed journal.

The deadline for submitting abstracts (maximum 500 words) is December 31, 2020. Please include the title of your talk and briefly describe the relationship of your talk to your larger program of research. Please email your abstract to

The Symposium is hosted annually by the FSU Art History graduate students and faculty and directed by the Graduate Symposium Committee, an elected group of Art History MA and PhD students.

The full Schedule of Talks will be posted here when available.

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 since 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, hosted by FSU Libraries: Athanor.

Past Symposium

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