The Graduate Student Symposium

Creative Conflict:

The 31st Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium on the History of Art and Architecture

February 27th – 28th, 2015

The “Creative Conflict” symposium explores visual and material manifestations of discord among individuals, groups, nations, and ideologies.






Friday, February 27, 2015, 5:30 pm
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center
“Killing Identity: Heritage Destruction in the Syria and Iraq Conflicts”




Saturday, February 28, 2015
Riley Seminar Room, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

10:00am       Coffee in the Riley Seminar Room

10:30am       Morning Session: Wound
Moderator: Olivia Kiers, MA candidate, Boston University

Steve Burges, PhD candidate, Boston University
From Iraq to Afghanistan: The 1954 Hague Convention and the Renewed Mission of the United States to Protect Culture

Christine Garnier, MA candidate, Tufts University
Consequences of Conflict: Personifications of Captivity in an Armenian Manuscript

Lauren G. Close, MA candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
‘Vandalism’ on the Pont-Neuf: Monuments as Propaganda in Revolutionary France

12:00pm       Break for lunch

1:00pm          Coffee in Riley Seminar Room

1:30pm          Afternoon Session: Weapon
Moderator: Tessa Hite, PhD candidate, Boston University

Florencia San Martin Riutort, PhD candidate, Rutgers University
Politics of Collectivity: Muralism and Public Space in Brigada Ramona Parra’s Practices During Unidad Popular

Luisa Fernanda Villa Morales, MA candidate, American University
The Embodiment of Violence in Performance Art: Regina José Galindo

Megan Whitney, MA candidate, University of Arizona, Tucson
Visualizing Violence: Seventeenth Century Slapstick Humor



Tour of the exhibition Permanent War: The Age of Global Conflict by curator Pamela Allara

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 3:30 pm
Mrs. E Ross Anderson Auditorium + Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115




For more information, please contact Sarah Parrish, 2014/2015 Symposium Coordinator, Department of History of Art & Architecture,

This event is generously sponsored by The Boston University Center for the Humanities; the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston University Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association; and the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery.