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Visual + Material Culture Seminar Series

This interdisciplinary seminar series is for anyone with interests in visual and material culture across different departments at UBC and beyond. The seminar provides an opportunity to share research and exchange ideas, usually followed by conversations over a drink at Koerner’s Pub.

Open to students, staff, faculty and community members in and around UBC.

Free, no registration required. No food or beverages are permitted inside as this space is a cleanroom.

If you have questions, please contact Fuyubi Nakamura at

Where: MOA Room 213. Located near MOA’s administrative reception, past the MOA café.
When: Select Thursdays, 4 – 5 pm
Conveners: Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, MOA Curator, Asia, Dr. Nuno Porto, MOA Curator, Africa + Latin America and Dr. Anne Murphy, UBC Asian Studies.

Winter/Spring 2020 series

January 16: “A Contrast in De-Cadence”: The Visual Paratexts of Eileen Chang’s Celebrity in 1940s Shanghai with Renren Yang, assistant professor of modern Chinese popular culture, Asian Studies, UBC

January 30: Artspeak Gallery: Exhibitions as Text, Curatorial Practice as Propositional Thinking with Bopha Chhay, director/curator, Artspeak

February 13: L’arbre est dans ses feuilles (The Tree is in its Leaves) with Althea Thauberger, assistant professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, UBC

February 27: The Art of Mediums with Lin Xin, visiting scholar, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, UBC

March 12: Islamophobia and Affectual Politics of Displacement and Dispossession of Muslims in Contemporary India with Wajiha Mehdi, PhD student, Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC

POSTPONED (new date TBD)—March 26: Mapping the City: Public Histories and the Shifting Landscape of Vancouver with Caitlin Gordon-Walker, honorary research associate and sessional instructor, Department of Anthropology, UBC