Art History Associations Researching the Visual Arts in Canada

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The following is a short alphabetical list of some of the top art history associations of which graduate students in the History of Art should be aware. Those listed below are general in nature, for more specific societies, consult any of the directories listed at the bottom of this page (most are searchable by subject). Many associations allow students to join at a reduced rate (see their Websites for details) and most hold annual conferences and put out Call for Papers.



American Council of Learned Societies

Founded in 1919, the ACLS now holds yearly meetings (by invitation only) consisting of a program of interest to the scholarly community that the ACLS represents. The Charles Homer Haskins Lecture takes place each year at the Annual Meeting in which lectures by distinguished senior scholars are delivered and subsequently published as ACLS Occasional Papers (see a listing of publications on the Website). The Annual Meeting is attended by representatives of the constituent societies and a limited guest list for a small number of additional meeting participants, who are invited to the Haskins Lecture and the public session. Many Canadian associations attend, and is relevant for art historians as it is important for coming in contact with interdisciplinary fields.


Art Libraries Society (ARLIS)

Publishes Art documentation: bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America. Tucson, AZ: The Society, c1982. Concordia University Library Call # Periodical Z 675 A85A77X 1982-ONWARD


Association of Art Historians (AAH)

The Association was formed in te UK in 1974 to promote the study of art history. It represents the interests of art and design historians in all aspects of the discipline, including art, design, architecture, photography, film and other media, cultural studies, conservation and museum studies. Publications: Art History, quarterly journal; The Art Book, a quarterly review magazine; Bulletin, an extended newsletter for members published three times a year; Register of Independent Art and Design Historians Postgraduate Research Survey, provision within the UK; Careers in Art History, a 48 page booklet; and Guidelines on Professional Practice, a 13 page booklet. Call for Papers are posted on the Website.

CFP deadline: December
Conference dates: April
Location: UK


Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) / Association d'études canadiennes (AEC)

Founded in 1973 at Queen's University, Kingston, the Association for Canadian Studies is exclusively dedicated to the promotion of research, teaching and publications on Canada. Yearly conferences are held in June (see the Website for the Call for Papers). Numerous publications include Directory to Canadian Studies in Canada, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Canadian Society, and a Directory of Canadian Speakers. Membership and contact details are listed on the Website.

CFP deadline: in November
Conference dates: in June
Location: Canada


Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS)

Founded in 1923 to promote and sustain science and technology in order to effectively implement them in the cultural development of the community, this association is national in scope. Awards related to the visual arts include: Prix des sciences humaines; Prix Jacques-Rousseau (interdisciplinary); Prix Desjardins d'excellence étudiants-chercheurs (for master's and doctoral students in all disciplines, worth $2,500). Publications: Interface (semi-annual). Art history falls under the heading 'sciences humaines'.

CFP deadline: check website
Conference dates: May
Location: Canada


Canadian Museums Association

Founded in 1947 to promote the interests of all Canadian museums on a national basis; to advance museum services in Canada; to promote the welfare and better administration of museums. Awards: Outstanding Achievement Awards. Publishes Muse Concordia University Library Call # Periodical AM 21 A1C38X 1983-ONWARD [Quarterly] and The Official directory of Canadian museums and related institutions / Repertoire officiel des musees canadiens et institutions connexes. Concordia University Library Call # Reference AM 21 A2C33X LATEST EDITION.


Canadian Society for Education through Art / Société canadienne de l'éducation par l'art

Founded in 1955 to promote art in education. Open to individual membership. Awards given for excellence in art teaching, and scholarships for graduating students to attend post-secondary institutions. Publishes, The Journal, Canadian Review of Art Education, Newsletter (semi-annual)


Canadian Society of Aesthetics (CSA) / Société canadienne d'esthetique (SCE)

Founded in 1984 to keep aesthetic theorists in close touch with the creative and critical practices that are the basis of their discipline and to increase awareness of aesthetic issues among Canadian citizens and develop the intellectual and conceptual resources for dealing with them. The society is national in scope and membership open to individuals. Member: Canadian Federation for the Humanities.


College Art Association

Founded in 1911, the College Art Association promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts, and facilitates the exchange of ideas and information among those interested in art and history of art. Publications include Art Bulletin, Art Journal,and CAA Careers. Style Guides for each publication are listed on the Website as well as and Call for Papers and extensive information on the yearly conferences (every 7 - 8 years they have a conference in Canada).

CFP deadline: check website
Conference dates:  February
Location: North America


Modern Language Association

Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America has over 30,000 members in over 100 countries works to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature. Publishes a Directory to Periodicals and lists several awards on its Website, including travel awards for graduate students who wish to present 15 minute papers at the annual conference held in late December (very interdisciplinary -- several sessions open to art historians). Call for Papers are posted in the Spring edition of the MLA Newsletter as well as on the Website.

CFP deadline: April
Conference dates: last week in December
Location:  North America


Society of Architectural Historians

Founded in 1940, the Society encourages scholarly research in the field and promotes the preservation of significant architectural monuments that are an integral part of worldwide historical and cultural heritage. Member: American Council of Learned Societies. Publishes a newsletter and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Concordia University Library Call # NA 1 S6 Microfilm 1941-66, Periodicals 1966-ONWARD (see the Website for submission guidelines). Yearly conferences are held between April and June; the Call for Papers is announced in the newsletter one year prior to the meeting. Awards and information on the Society's E-mail Discussion List (SAH-L) are listed on the Website.

CFP deadline: September
Conference dates: April
Location: North America


Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (SSAC) / Société pour l'étude de l'architecture au Canada (SEAC)

Founded in 1974, SSAC is a learned society, devoted to the examination of the role of the built environment in Canadian society. National in scope, membership open to individuals. Publishes SSAC Bulletin/ Bulletin SEAC which contains scholarly articles, book reviews, critiques. Awards the Martin Eli Weil Prize ($250) for an original essay (in either official language) suitable for publication, from part-time or full-time university students at the graduate or undergraduate level. Affiliated with Society of Architectural Historians.

CFP deadline: February
Conference dates: May
Location: Canada


Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) / Association d'art des universitiés du Canada (AAUC)

Most Canadian professionals in the visual arts are members of this association and give papers at the annual conference held in early November in different cities across Canada. Panels are chaired by professors or graduate students, and attending the numerous sessions is a good way to keep in touch with colleagues in the field across Canada. UAAC will provide some funding for members (especially students) to give papers. All information on sessions, membership, etc. can be found in the Association's newsletter, the journal (which also lists job postings). Publishes RACAR: Revue d'art canadienne / Canadian art review. Concordia University Library Call # Periodical N 1 R18X 1975-ONWARD. Concordia students can contact Dr. Brian Foss for more information.

CFP deadline: March
Conference dates: first week in November
Location: Canada


Directories of Associations

There are numerous Canadian art associations, many are regional in scope and often subject-specific. Consult these directories to find more art-related associations and societies across Canada (or internationally).

Associations Canada. Toronto: Canadian Almanac & Directory Pub. Co. Concordia University Library Call # Reference Desk HS 17 A77 LATEST EDITION

Associations Canada is an annual encyclopedic directory listing over 20,000 Canadian organizations, indexed by subject/keyword, geographic location, e-mail/website, and lists their publications if any.

International directory of arts / Annuaire international des beaux-arts. Frankfurt/Main: Muller. Concordia University Library Call # Reference N 50 I5 LATEST EDITION

Encyclopedia of associations. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co. Concordia University Library Call # Reference HS 17 G3 LATEST EDITION

Encyclopedia of associations. International organizations. Detroit, MI: Gale Research. Concordia University Library Call # Reference HS 17 G33X LATEST EDITION

Cross-border links: a directory of organizations in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Edited by Ricardo Hernandez & Edith Sanchez. Albuquerque, NM: Inter-Hemispheric Education Resource Centre, c1992. Concordia University Library Call # Reference HS 61 A2C76 1992



Last updated: 24 septembre 2007


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