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46th annual Cleveland Symposium—”Bodily Realities: Engaging the Discourse of Dis/Ability”

The Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University invites the CWRU community to the 46th annual Cleveland Symposium, one of the longest-running art history graduate symposia in the United States. This year’s symposium, “Bodily Realities: Engaging the Discourse of Dis/Ability,” seeks to generate a dialogue about the relationship between ability and disability in the visual arts and art museums in an effort to understand the role of bodily differences in artistic practice, representation and viewership. This symposium will address the ways in which the visual arts and artists either confirm or challenge the perceived dichotomy of the normative and non-normative physical body.

This year’s symposium is free to attend and will be presented virtually via Zoom Friday, Oct. 30. After registering, individuals will receive a separate link to the webinar. Reach out to Katie DiDomenico and Mackenzie Clark at with any questions.

Professional live captioning and student ASL interpreters will be provided for the duration of the event.

Register for the webinar.

Learn more about the Cleveland Symposium.