Training Opportunities

The History of Art Department offers two training opportunities.

Berkeley/Stanford Graduate Symposium

First established in 2016-17, the Berkeley-Stanford Symposium is an annual gathering of emerging voices in the arts. Organized collaboratively by graduate students in Art History at both Stanford and UC Berkeley, it gives PhD students an opportunity to set a research agenda and spark public conversations around topics of urgent concern. SFMoMA has generously served as the host venue.

2023 “In-Between: Art and Cultural Practices From Here”

2022 “Work in Progress”

2021 “Touch Me (Not): Making Contact”

2020 “Is That Allowed? Politics and Permissibility in Art” [canceled due to pandemic]

2019 “The Outsiders”

2018 “A Line in the Sand: Art Ecology and Precarity”

2017 “Not At Home: Migration, Pilgrimage, and Displacement in Art, Design, and Visual Culture”

speakers at SFMOMA lecture

Judith Stronach Graduate Travel Seminar

Made possible by a generous gift to the department from the Estate of Judith Lee Stronach, Berkeley’s History of Art Department maintains a fine tradition of faculty-led graduate travel seminars.

Recent destinations for travel seminars include:

2022 Zaragoza, in Spain (Prof. Margaretta Lovell)

2019 Mumbai, Kochi, and Goa, in India (Prof. Sugata Ray) 

2017 Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu, in Peru (Prof. Lisa Trever)

2015 Istanbul, in Turkey (Profs. Diliana Angelova and Beate Fricke)

Students standing in front of mountain with ruins of old city
Students posing in front of ancient building
Students in front of ancient villa
Students looking at Architecture in cathedral