Call for Papers Announced for UA/UAB 27th Symposium in Art History

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The University of Alabama Joint Program for the MA in art history has scheduled the 27th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History for Friday, March 4, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Hosted this year by UAB’s department of art and art history, the symposium will take place in UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Nada Shabout, professor of art history and coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative at the University of North Texas in Denton. Shabout publishes widely on modern Arab art and has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art in the Arab world.


Paper proposals are invited from MA students in all fields of art history and may include completed research as well as works in progress. Presentations are limited to 20 minutes, followed by discussion and Q&A. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a one-page c.v. via email to all below:

Dr. Paulina Banas | Dr. Lucy CurzonDr. Anatole Upart

Submissions are due December 15, 2021. Notification of acceptance will be made by January 15, 2022. Please reach out to the above representatives if you have questions.

The Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History, organized by the departments of art and art history of The University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, began in 1995 and alternates campuses each year. The symposium provides MA students an opportunity to present research, critically engage with one another, and hear and be heard by eminent scholars working in the field of art history. Click here to read about previous UA/UAB graduate art history symposia.

The symposium is part of UA’s and UAB’s Joint Program for the MA in Art History. For more information about the program, go here.