About gradsymp

An annual graduate conference organized by members of Princeton University's Department of Art & Archaeology.

Wrapping Up

Thank you to all involved for an extremely successful conference, great papers, invigorating conversations, and new connections. We hope that the conversation about the future of art history will continue with the same vibrancy that it did during the two days of the conference.

The 2013 Princeton Art & Archaeology Graduate Student conference is already in the initial planning stages, so look out for the call for papers for that event. In the meantime, please enjoy these photographs from the 2012 event.

Signing off,
Kristen D. Windmuller, 2012 Conference Organizer

Conference Slideshow

Princeton Art & Archaeology Graduate Student Conference 2012

Princeton Art & Archaeology Graduate Student Conference 2012


Panelist: Jessamine Batario

Jessamine BatarioJessamine Batario’s presentation, “Screams and Sunday Afternoons: The Occupy Art History Movement,” centers around an Internet meme that occurred in November 2011. Through close readings of two particular doctored images – Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Georges Seurat’s Dimanche Après-Midi sur l’île de la Grande Jatte – Jessamine analyzes how incongruous humor leads to a phenomenological and structural inversion of power that fulfills the ideology not only of the 99%ers of the Occupy Movement, but their detractors as well. Ultimately, her paper posits a rethinking of the traditional spatial binaries of public vs. private through a discussion of the Internet as a viable stage for the performance of pluralistic identities.

Jessamine received her B.A. in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently an M.A. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Broadly speaking, her interests lie in nineteenth-century European painting, history of art history, phenomenology and hermeneutics. Jessamine’s thesis is on Francisco de Goya’s Untitled (Saturn Devouring one of his Children) and its “afterlife.”

Ms. Batario will present “Screams and Sunday Afternoons: The Occupy Art History Movement” during Panel #3.

Panelist: Yasmine Van Pee

Yasmine Van Pee is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in colonial and post-colonial Africa. Somewhat to her own surprise, her native Belgium has come to dominate her work these past years. Her dissertation is tentatively titled “Phantom Africa: Imagining Territory in Belgium and Congo, 1885-1975” and focuses on the work of Herzekiah Andrew Shanu, Gaston-Denys Périer, and Marcel Broodthaers. In her free time she enjoys tinkering with translations and vintage motorcycles.

Ms. Van Pee will present “Mining Katanga: Sammy Baloji’s “Mémoires” during Panel #3.