8th Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium: Matrix of Mobility

When and Where

Thursday, March 04, 2021 12:30 pm to Friday, March 05, 2021 5:00 pm


Ngarino Ellis, Associate Professor, The University of Auckland
Mohammad Gharipour, Professor, Morgan State University


This year's symposium is titled Matrix of Mobility: Networks of Objects and Exchange.

Keynote talks feature Ngarino Ellis (The University of Auckland) and Mohammad Gharipour (Morgan State University).

To register, click on the Register+ button at the top of this page or visit the "Matrix of Mobility" eventbrite webpage.

Further details, including the full schedule, are available on the GUStA Symposium website.

The eighth edition of the Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium will focus on networks and mobility in art history and visual culture. The world is connected by waves of movement and exchange, from land-based and ocean-faring migration to networks of objects and encounters. This symposium seeks to explore the historical and contemporary currents of networked mobility and places of exchange. It presents papers by graduate students that reflect critically on ideas of geographies, scales, mobility, exchange, and migration. Papers engage with the boundaries of disciplines, area studies, and methodologies to consider the visual through various lenses. Temporally, papers span from pre-history to the present day. Panels for this symposium are organized thematically and will be held across the 4th and 5th of March, 2021.

Schedule (All times listed in EST)

12:30 PM Welcome
Co-chairs | Samantha Chang, Fahimeh Ghorbani, and Brittany Myburgh, University of Toronto

12:35 PM Opening Address
Professor Christy Anderson, University of Toronto

12:50 PM | Panel 1
Amalya Feldman, University of Toronto
“A New Approach to the Architecture of Iberia: Porous Space and El Tránsito Synagogue”

Leandro Leão, University of São Paulo
“Itamaraty Palace: National Identity in a Brazilian Mid-century Modern Icon”

Ahmed Abdelazim, University of Wisconsin Madison
“Decolonizing “Islamic” Architecture: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Development of a Pan-Islamic Style 1967–2001”

1:50 PM Breakout rooms: Following each panel we will be placing the audience in breakout rooms for ten minutes to discuss the presentations prior to the moderated speaker Q&A. In lieu of being able to meet in person, we hope this provides the opportunity for spontaneous discussion.

2:00 PM Q&A

2:30 PM Afternoon Break

2:50 PM | Panels 2 and 3

Panel 2
Nicole Liao, University of Toronto
“Cinematic Perception and the Undoing of Subjectivity: Yokomitsu Riichi’s Shanghai”

Sterre Barentsen, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
“Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt and her International GDR”

Thaís Franco, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
“Creación, Creation (1972): ​Mail Art at the Mayaguez Campus”

Panel 3
Soyoon Ryu, University of Michigan
“Traveling Soil, Plants Reborn: On Representing Homeland in Contemporary Art of Tibetan Diaspora”

Hana Nikčević , McGill University
“Sight-specific: Rebecca Belmore’s Biinjiya’iing Onji (From Inside) and Claiming the Right to Look”

Ashley Raghubir, Concordia University
“Black African Migration Histories: Symbolic Dress as Afrofuturist Intervention in Mohau Modisakeng’s Passage (2017)”

3:50 PM Q&A

4:00 PM Break

5:00 PM Keynote Address: Associate Professor Ngarino Ellis (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou), The University of Auckland
Moderated by Professor Elizabeth Harney, University of Toronto

6:05 PM Reception

10:00 AM Welcome
Co-chairs | Samantha Chang, Fahimeh Ghorbani, and Brittany Myburgh, University of Toronto

10:05 AM Opening Address
Professor Carl Knappett, University of Toronto

10:20 AM | Panels 4 and 5

Panel 4
Raquel Robbins, University of Toronto
“The Man with the Curly Hair: A New Look and Analysis of the Laḫmu in Mesopotamian Art through the 3rd to 1st Millennium”

Lauren Wilson, Temple University
“Conduits of Exchange: Craft Networks on Crete During the Middle Minoan Period”

Mara McNiff, University of Texas at Austin
“Pay to Play: The Issue of Near Eastern “Prestige Goods” in Iron Age Sicily”

Panel 5
Ankita Choudhary, McGill University
“Books as Objects of Exchange: A Study of Cross-Cultural Interaction and Connected Systems between the Mughals and Ottomans”

Lauren McCardel, Temple University
“The Friendship Album of Amy Matilda Cassey: Authorship and Activism in 19th-century Philadelphia”

Mia I. Uribe Kozlovsky, Tulane University
“La Muchacha: Chicana/o Punk Strategies in Muchacha Fanzine”

11:20 PM Q&A

12:00 PM Lunch Break

12:30 | Panels 6 and 7

Panel 6
Juliana Fagua-Arias, Bard Graduate Center
“The Crane and the Nopal: Memory and Self-Fashioning in Talavera Poblana”

Cheng He, University of Warwick
“Understanding the Fragrance of Lacquer in Early Modern Europe”

Jed Surio, Tulane University
“Cosmic Discourse: Jesuit Missionaries and Early Modern Astronomical Images”

Joyce Yusi Zhou, Yale University
“When Matter Meets Imagination: A Study of Painted Ivories Produced in the Qing Palace Workshop during the Qianlong Reign (1736–1796)”

Panel 7
Isabella Archer, École du Louvre
“Virtual Displacement of Middle Eastern Cultural Heritage Sites to Museums via Immersive Exhibitions”

Özge Karagöz, Northwestern University
“Redistributing Artistic Values in the New Turkey: The 1934–35 Exhibition of Soviet Art”

Kat Manica, University of York (UK)
“How to Catch a Parrot; or, Art in the Age of Imperialism(s)”

Lara Mehling, ETH Zurich
“Woven Catalog, Living Collection: West Asian Flora “Radically” Displaced”

1:50 PM Q&A

2:30 PM Afternoon Break

3:00 PM Closing Address Professor Heba Mostafa, University of Toronto

3:20 PM Keynote Address: Professor Mohammad Gharipour, Morgan State University

4:20 PM Reception

The Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium is the annual symposium for the Graduate Union of the Students of Art (GUStA) at the University of Toronto. It was inaugurated in 2014 as an enduring legacy and fond tribute to our esteemed late colleague Dr. Jens T. Wollesen. Dr. Wollesen joined the Department of Art at the University of Toronto in 1985. He specialized in the art of medieval Italy, Cyprus, and the Mediterranean basin with a particular focus in the relationship between image and text. He is also remembered as a professor dedicated to his pedagogical calling. He was the director of both the undergraduate and graduate programs at various times, and also served on the Art Committee of the University of Toronto’s Victoria University. His dedication as a professor led him to design a first-year Introductory Art History course which was widely acknowledged by students as legendary. His dedication to both graduate and undergraduate education remains his legacy, for which the yearly success of this symposium is a testament. It is made possible by the continuing support of his friends and family through the Jens Wollesen Memorial Fund.

Contact Information


Graduate Union of the Students of Art, Department of Art History, University of Toronto's School of Cities, Department of Visual Studies, Cinema Studies Institute, Centre for Comparative Literature, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations