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Fourth Annual ASGO Symposium: Borders, Boundaries, Transgression

March 24 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

The Art Student Graduate Organization (ASGO) will hold its fourth annual symposium on March 24th, entitled “Borders, Boundaries, and Transgression.” This interdisciplinary symposium scrutinizes the theme of boundaries, borders, and transgression, however defined, across geographic and temporal space.

ASGO will hold three panels of graduate art historians, studio artists, and other scholars in room 116
of Murphey Hall,
 beginning with a coffee reception at 9:30 am and ending at 4:30 pm. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. 

Our keynote speaker, Ila Sheren, is Assistant Professor of Art History at Washington University in Saint Louis. Her talk, “A Watershed Moment: Border Thinking on the Mississippi” will be held at 3:05 pm. Please see below for her talk’s abstract.


Saturday, March 24
116 Murphey Hall (The Classics Building)

Graduate Student Panels followed by Keynote Address

Sheren’s talk takes Walter Mignolo’s idea of “border thinking” beyond its immediate postcolonial context using the eco-art project Watershed Cairns by artists Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan. The series bridges photographs, sculpture, site-specific installation, and a virtual mapping project to engage the viewer to think critically about his or her relationship to the Mississippi watershed. By marking the watershed and tracing the extent of its boundaries the Cairns and their photographic documentation represent a set of powerful and expressive objects designed to render the margins visible. In doing so, this eco-art work draws connections between postcolonial ‘border thinking’ and the discourse of objects known as ‘new materialism.’ The glass cairns allow us to examine Jane Bennett’s new materialist ideas of vital materialism and enchantment in relation to Walter Mignolo’s concept of “border thinking,” which privileges the object of study.


March 24
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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116 Murphey Hall
UNC at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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