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Establishing New Traditions in Art History for Undergraduate and Graduate Research at Bowling Green State University

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 8, 2008

On April 12th 2008 young scholars from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Florida will gather in Bowling Green to present original research on topics concerning the history of art. New Perspectives in Visual Culture: The 2nd Annual BGSU Art History Symposium will include lectures by B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. candidates with topics arranged thematically into panels. The purpose of this symposium is to recognize young students for their excellence in scholarly research and foster professional development for those intending to pursue a career in art history. The call for papers allowed for any topic in art history to be addressed but specifically asked students to focus on contemporary theory and audience reception. This year’s selected panelists will present papers under the categories of “Visualizing Gender,” “Signs of Unification and Nationalism,” “Manipulation of the Medium,” and “Typecasting and Consumerism.”

Dr. Andrew Hershberger, Associate Professor of Art History, will be giving closing remarks and facilitating a round table discussion on prevalent themes amongst the panels.

In conjunction with the BGSU Art History Association, Dr. Allie Terry’s Art History Capstone class is hosting the event this year. The Capstone course was designed by Dr. Terry to include students from every department in the School of Art, thus creating an interdisciplinary approach to staging an academic conference. Each student in the course contributes to his or her area of specialization, which provides an opportunity for professional hands-on familiarity to be gained while in an educational environment.

Students in the class were exposed to their first hands-on conference experience during the planning and staging of the international conference, Beholding Violence: A Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Culture, organized by Dr. Terry and held at BGSU at the end of February. The students were organized into teams that managed critical aspects of the conference, from hospitality to event planning to program design. They used the knowledge gained from their experience of the “Beholding Violence” conference to independently make the decisions concerning the student conference. Every aspect of the student conference, from abstract selection to panel formation, budgeting, design, publicity, and hospitality, was jointly decided by the students under Dr. Terry’s direction.

For questions please contact Dr. Allie Terry at or 419-372-8533.


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