2013-2014: Access/Restriction


7-8 March 2014
Carleton University, Ottawa

Access/Restriction is a one-day interdisciplinary graduate student conference that will investigate historical and contemporary issues of accessibility, limitations and control. Although one implies the other, access and restriction can be both distinct and interrelated concepts for exploration. This conference is a site for academic collaboration and dialogue surrounding the ways in which visual culture is embedded with issues of who has access and how society defines or regulates visual materials.

  • The opening reception and keynote address will be held on Friday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Carleton University Art Gallery, with the keynote artist talk by Thomas Kneubühler starting at 7:00 p.m.
  • The conference takes place on Saturday, March 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in 2228 River Building.
    Coffee and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Schedule: AccessRestriction-Final-Schedule

Social Media:

The organizers of Access/Restriction are committed to making the conference as accessible as possible. Live-tweeting your experience at the conference opens the discussion to a wider network of interested people – even those unable to attend the conference! If you have a registered Twitter account, we invite you to tweet questions, thought-provoking points of discussion, and constructive comments while enjoying your experience at the conference. By tweeting under the official hash tag, “#AccessRestriction14“, other registered Twitter users can easily track the goings-on of the colloquium.

Tracking SystemsExhibition:

In conjunction with the second annual AHGSS Graduate Student Conference a group of three students co-curated an exhibition, Tracking Systems. Drawing inspiration from the conference theme, the exhibit will take place in the liminal spaces of the Carleton University Art Gallery: the first and second floor entranceways and the first floor vitrine. The work of two local artists, Andrea Campbell and Guillermo Trejo, will be featured along with a piece by the conference keynote speaker, Montréal-based artist Thomas Kneubühler. Through artwork and accompanying text the exhibition will contribute to the dialogue generated by the conference.

FutureFunder Fundraising Initiative:

“We have now successfully reached our $1000 Future Funder goal! A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated and helped to spread the word about our project! With your generous support we will be able to host an exhibition alongside our conference this year. The project will remain open to donations until March 1st. Additional donations will go towards supporting the conference this year and will contribute to a fund for next year’s conference.”

Total funds raised: $1125

Conference Committee (left-right): Leanne Gaudet, Caitlin Charbonneau (Co-Chair), Danuta Sierhuis (Co-Chair), Emma Hamilton Hobbs (AHGSS President), Kristyn Rolanty, Maxine Compean

Access/Restriction Conference Committee, 2014

Conference Committee:
Caitlin Charbonneau (co-chair)
Danuta Sierhuis (co-chair)
Emma Hamilton-Hobbs
Maxine Compean
Kristyn Rolanty
Leanne Gaudet

Exhibition Co-Curators:
Sarah Eastman
Meredith Stewart
Zoe MacNeil