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CFP: “Context and Meaning XIV: Ideology(ies)”

Submission Deadline: November 3rd, 2014

Queen’s University, January 30th and 31st 2015

Details Below: ________________________________________________________________________

“We are pleased to announce that the fourteenth annual Context and Meaning graduate student conference will take place at Queen’s University on Friday, January 30th and Saturday, January 31st, 2015. This year’s theme is “Ideology(ies)” or, the (un)conscious ideas, values and beliefs embodied in society. We invite students to submit proposals for papers on issues surrounding ideologies as expressed through visual and material culture. We are interested in exploring this theme in a variety of contexts, including, but not limited to:

  1.          Particular ideologies: religious, gender-based, class-based, race-based, political, national, cultural, individual, institutional, community-based

  2.         How ideologies change over time

  3.         How ideologies can be revealed or obscured

  4.         Deconstructing ideologies

This conference is open to both historical and contemporary topics, and may relate to things considered “fine art” as well as those encountered in the everyday. Submissions are welcome from graduate students, as well as those who have completed their studies within the last year, from across Canada and the United States who conduct research in all disciplines that engage with visual and material culture. In light of our theme, we seek to assemble a diverse group of scholars in order to foster interdisciplinary discussions. Each presenter will be allotted twenty minutes to deliver her or his paper, followed by a ten-minute discussion period. If you are interested in speaking at Context and Meaning XIV, please email an abstract of no more than 300 words, along with a brief letter of introduction, to

As a blind panel will review all submissions, please ensure that your name and the title of your paper are included in your letter of introduction, but that your name and other identifying marks are left off the abstract.

Please note that all participants are required to fund their own travel and accommodation.

Deadline for submissions: November 3rd, 2014.

If you have any questions concerning the conference, please contact us at


Graduate Student Conference Committee

Kirsten Christopherson, Marla Dobson, Amanda Thackway, Emma Wood

Graduate Visual Culture Association ‘Context and Meaning XIV’ Conference Organisers”

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