Call for Panel Chairs: "Dismantling the Body: A Symposium"

Lou-ann Neel and Amanda Cachia


This symposium will bring together scholars and artists to explore the interactions between body and place, the production of bodily knowledge, the regulation of the body, and its agency.


The Graduate Students of Art History (GSAH), who also run the Graduate Research Cluster, "Dismantling the Canon" at the Simpson Center, are pleased to invite you to the two-day virtual symposium “Dismantling the Body: Possibilities and Limitations in Art Making” on May 18–19, 2022.

Throughout art’s history, the human body has been a site of tensions, subject to regulations, overcoming or submitting to physical challenges, but also offering far-reaching opportunities for self-expression. This symposium will bring together scholars and artists to explore the interactions between body and place, the production of bodily knowledge, the regulation of the body, and its agency.

Call for Panel Chairs

Are you interested in chairing a panel as part of your participation? Panel chairs are responsible for introducing presenters and for moderating the post-presentation panel discussion. Additionally, a graduate student from Art History would serve as a co-chair to assist with logistics and offer support. To learn how to chair a panel, email your query to Ananya Sikand at

Date and Location

Date: May 18-19, 2022

Location: Online (RSVP required to join on Zoom)


Three members of GSAH and its Graduate Research Cluster, Dismantling the Canon, organized this symposium:

  • Giordano Conticelli, PhD student
  • Ananya Sikand, PhD Candidate
  • Or Vallah, PhD Candidate

Keynote Speakers


Neel is from the Mamalilikulla and Kwagiulth people of the Kwakwaka’wakw (the Kwak’wala-speaking people). She is a practicing visual artist, working in textiles, jewelry, illustration, painting, and digital design. In addition to her artistic practice, Neel serves as Curator of the Indigenous Collections and Acting Head of Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Department at the Royal BC Museum. She will speak about Indigenous ways of art-making. Learn more about Neel.


Cachia is a curator, writer, and art historian who specializes in disability art activism across intersectional axes of difference, including gender, race, and sexuality. Cachia received her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the University of California San Diego in 2017. She is developing two book projects: the first, entitled Revision of the Senses: Disability, Art, Agency, under peer review with Duke University Press, and the second is entitled Restraining Bodies: Feminist Disability Aesthetics in North Africa and the Middle East. Her first edited volume, Curating Access: Disability Art Activism and Creative Accommodation, under contract with Routledge, will be released in December 2022, that includes over 40 international contributors. Learn more about Cachia.


MAY 18


Welcome by Jamie Walker, Director, School of Art + Art History + Design


Introduction by a GSAH representative


Keynote by Lou-ann Neel


Panel 1: Masking, Veiling, Performing


Panel 2: Absent/Present

MAY 19


Introduction + Keynote by Amanda Cachia


Panel 3: Bodily Knowledge Part 1


Panel 4: Bodily Knowledge Part 2


Concluding Remarks

    Disability Accommodation

    To request disability accommodation, contact the UW Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the event.

    Image Credit

    Lou-ann Neel with a model pole made by her grandmother, Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artist Ellen Neel. Photograph by Sven Haakanson Jr.

    Aaron McPeake, Gongs, 2007–10, installation view, Sweet Gongs Vibrating, curated by Amanda Cachia, San Diego Art Institute, 2016 (artwork © Aaron McPeake; photograph by Ryan Gambrell).


    C.R. Grimmer (she/they)

    C. R. Grimmer is a poet and scholar from Southeast Michigan's Metro-Detroit area. C. R. received their Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Washington (UW) as well as their M.F.A. in Creative Writing and M.A. in English Literature at Portland State University (PSU). They are the author of The Lyme Letters, which won the Walt McDonald First Book Award from Texas Tech University Press.