Call for Proposals: Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies 2019 Graduate Symposium: Art and Environmental Justice

May 14, 2019

Lone mother tree, projection of a film photo as part of an installation


May 14, 2019

Contact: Lisa Radon,

Portland, OR—May 14, 2019—The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is issuing a call for proposals for its 2019 Graduate Symposium: Art and Environmental Justice. The dates for the symposium are November 22-23, 2019.

The HFSGS Graduate Symposium is an annual, free, full-day interdisciplinary symposium promoting dialog at the intersections of environmentalism, social justice, education, design, and the arts.

Scholars, activists, educators, designers, and artists working on environmental justice issues will explore the politics surrounding systemic biases and the ways that environmental degradation and climate change intersect with race, gender, and class to create disproportionate outcomes on both a local and global scale.

The day’s agenda will place the arts at the center of these conversations, investigating how creative practices contribute to community and global struggles for environmental justice.

The HFSGS Graduate Symposium is one of the many free public programs PNCA offers throughout the year, convening gatherings and generating conversation around the work of important researchers, artists, scholars, theorists, critics, and curators.

The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA is seeking proposals for presentations from activists, scholars, graduate students, designers, and advanced undergraduate students.

Proposals should consist of a single PDF or Word file containing the following:

  • presenter’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation (where applicable)
  • title of presentation
  • format of presentation (Please consult our list of presentation types. If you are proposing something other than an individual paper to be combined with others to form a complete panel, please indicate the preferred duration of your session. We will plan for 15-20 minutes for each presentation on a panel.)
  • brief biographical information of presenter(s) or one-page CV (Please do not send a full CV.)
  • proposal of less than 800 words
  • brief bibliography or list of sources (as relevant)
  • anticipated AV needs and any other logistical or technical requirements

If submitting a full panel, please include the above information for all presenters on the panel.


Send proposals to:

The planning committee will confirm receipt of proposals. If you do not hear from the committee by June 4, then you should assume that we did not receive your proposal.

Announcement of accepted proposals will be made by email June 14. The full program schedule will be posted to the symposium website by July 1.

Please direct questions to Shawna Lipton, Symposium Faculty Director, or Graduate Student Coordinator Randy Meza,


Individual paper: Presentation of 15-20 minutes; may be submitted alone or with other papers to form a full panel (see below). Presentations may be drawn from coursework, internships, or independent research. If you submit an individual paper, the committee will connect your presentation to other individual submissions to form a full panel.

Panel: Typically consists of 3-4 individual presentations, sometimes submitted as a fully formed panel, but more often assembled from individual papers submitted separately. For the latter, the program committee will combine individual papers based on common themes or shared areas of inquiry, and the committee will devise a session title and select a panel chair. Panels typically last 90 minutes, including 20-30 minutes for discussion and interaction among the panelists and with the audience.

Workshop: Session of 60-90 minutes in which the facilitators lead participants through some activity or exercise. (May include hands-on crafts or artistic productions, writing workshops, meditation sessions, and skills trainings.)

Roundtable discussion: Usually includes 3-6 people who bring different perspectives to a set of questions or issues determined in advance. The typical format is for each panelist to speak briefly at the outset, followed by moderated discussion among the presenters and with the general audience. A roundtable is distinguished from a panel of individual presentations in that the entire session involves interaction and conversation among the presenters rather than a series of individual presentations followed by conversation.

Reading: Presenter or presenters share poetry or prose rather than scholarly papers.

Performance: May include music, dance, performance art, or other theatrical performances

KEYNOTE: Macarena Gómez-Barris

Macarena Gómez-Barris is chairperson of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies and director of the Global South Center at Pratt Institute.

She writes and teaches on social and cultural theory, decolonial thought, racial and extractive capitalism, social movements, queer and submerged perspectives, critical Indigenous studies, experimental film, and social / environmental transformation.

Macarena is the author of three books, including The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (Duke University Press, 2017), which theorizes social life, art, and decolonial praxis through five extractive scenes of ruinous capitalism upon Indigenous territories.

Macarena’s most recent book Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Political Undercurrents in the Americas (University of California Press, 2018) asks us to imagine politics beyond the nation state. She is also the author of the book Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (2009), and co-editor with Herman Gray of the book Towards a Sociology of a Trace (2010). Macarena is working on a new book project called At the Sea’s Edge.

Macarena is the recipient of the Fulbright Research Award (2014–2015) and formerly, she was the director of Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at New York University and a visiting fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.

image credit: Kim Elwood, "Lone mother tree" 2017, projected scan of a photo shot on film as part of an installation.

About the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA
The MA and MFA programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through experiential learning, student-centered seminars, and one-on-one mentorship. Graduate study is individualized and self-directed, yet highly collaborative, and supported by a broad network of peers, faculty, visiting artists, writers, and scholars, as well as community partners.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pacific Northwest College of Art is the only college of art and design in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1909 as the Museum Art School, PNCA has helped shape the region’s visual art landscape for more than a century. Today, PNCA offers 11 Bachelor of Fine Art programs in art and design, eight graduate programs including Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate program, and Community Education courses for artists and designers of all ages. For more information, visit