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2012 Seminars and Events

Past events

The Topography of the Kitchen, Medicine and Spirituality in the Diaries of Sister Margaret of the Mother of God (Brussels, 1635-1637)

Wednesday 12 December 2012

A fascinating lecture about an extraordinary individual by Cordula Van Wyhe.

Yorkshire Tourism in the Eighteenth Century

Saturday 8 December 2012

Travel for pleasure or health in Britain and Ireland first became widely available to the affluent middling classes in the eighteenth century.

Modernizing the Mikado: Japan, Japanism, and the Limitations of the Avant-garde

Friday 7 December 2012

Department of History of Art research seminar with Christopher Reed, Professor of English and Visual Studies at Penn State University in Philadelphia

MA information event

Saturday 1 December 2012

An MA in History of Art information session at King’s Manor, followed by a drinks reception at York Art Gallery.

Between the desertum and the city: Santa Maria in Fontevivo and Cistercian Architecture in twelfth-century Emilia

Monday 26 November 2012

We are delighted to welcome Dr Michele Vescovi to the Department on a two year fellowship.

MA in Stained Glass and Heritage Management: 'Theophilus presbyter and the first medieval textbook on artistic techniques.'

Thursday 22 November 2012

Come and hear an illuminating talk about this manuscript, the text and its author in the light of recent scholarship

Wrestling with art

Monday 12 November 2012

In this lecture, art historian Sarah Turner will explore the explosive and exciting combination of the visual arts and the sport of wrestling. Since ancient Greece, artists have been fascinated by the aesthetics of the fight and the powerful figure of the wrestler.

History of Art Postgraduate Seminar Forum

Monday 12 November 2012

Find out about our current PhD students' research at our next Postgraduate Seminar Forum

York 200 Years Ago: Tourism, Archeology and the Making of Modern York

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Throughout 2012 the City of York has been celebrating ‘York 800’, the eight hundredth anniversary of the granting of a royal charter to the City which increased its autonomy in local government by freeing it from the financial supervision of the royal county sheriff.

Size Matters: Questions of Scale in Art History

Wednesday 7 November 2012

This conference has been organized by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut and the University of Michigan and runs from November 6 2012 to November 10 2012.

Faith in Measurements: For a Necrophiliac History of Scale in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period

Monday 29 October 2012

We are excited to present this Research Seminar by the charismatic Dr Emanuele Lugli who has just joined the department.

A Taste of Spain: The Reception of Spanish Art in Britain 1850-1920

Monday 15 October 2012

This promises to be fascinating Research Seminar presented by newly appointed Head of Department Professor Liz Prettejohn

Painting on Light:Glass-Painting Master-Class with Jonathan Cooke ACR

Monday 24 September 2012

This three-day intensive master-class will be conducted by one of England’s premier exponents of traditional glass-painting. It is designed with those already engaged in professional practice or higher education training in the discipline in mind.

Histories of British Art, 1660-1735: Reconstruction and Transformation

Thursday 20 September 2012

Histories of British Art is the third and final conference organised as part of 'Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735', a major research project run by the University of York and Tate Britain, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Transition Revisited: Continuing the Conversation

Wednesday 18 July 2012

The response from the academic community to the call for papers for ‘Transition in the Medieval World’ was overwhelming and, due to the plethora of papers and ideas offered, a supplementary one-day conference will take place in July in order to revisit and readdress the idea of transition in a medieval context.

History of Art Alumni Event

Wednesday 13 June 2012

After the success of the recent History of Art alumni event at York Art Gallery, we are delighted to invite department alumni to an informal drinks reception in London.

Displaying Victorian Sculpture Symposium

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Displaying Victorian Sculpture is a three-year, AHRC-funded collaborative project, led by the universities of Warwick and York, in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, which seeks to return sculpture to centre stage in discussions of 19th-century British culture, and to re-assert the importance of sculpture to Victorian history. This symposium, hosted by the Sculpture Studies Research School, takes place midway through the project, and presents an opportunity to discuss the research emerging from the project.

Landscape and the Local: A Workshop

Saturday 9 June 2012

This workshop will explore the question of landscape painting’s commitment to a ‘given spot’. How important to the making of landscape painting was an artist’s immersion in and exploration of a specific territory – a home ground? And how important was (is) that immersion to the landscape painting’s viewers?

Tate Modern, 'Current research into contemporary East-Asian visual culture.'

Saturday 9 June 2012

The History of Art department at York is collaborating with Tate Modern, the Chinese Arts Centre and the University of Nottingham on a one-day conference for post-graduate students and early career researchers on contemporary East-Asian visual culture.

"The White Bull & Blue Skies": Rethinking the Art History Curriculum after the Old Europe

Wednesday 30 May 2012

This event will be a discussion of the potential for rethinking the Art History curriculum in light of current events in Europe & beyond: what next after the 'Old Europe'?

Architectural History and Theory field trip

Thursday 17 May 2012

A field visit to Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire.

Seventeenth-Century Gothic: Architectural History and Theory Research School Event

Wednesday 16 May 2012

No moment in English architectural history has been more maligned by the prevailing historiography. This half-day symposium will look beyond the historicist notions of 'revival' and 'survival', and showcase new ways of understanding the presence of Gothic architecture beyond the middle ages.

Transition in the Medieval World

Saturday 12 May 2012

A two-day multidisciplinary conference which centers on the fluid cultural milieu of the medieval world, seeking to cross borders and break the boundaries of subject and discipline while rethinking the idea of Transition.

Renaissance Architecture and Theory Scholars ('RATS')

Saturday 12 May 2012

The RATS - Renaissance Architecture and Theory Scholars - are coming to York this year for their annual meeting.

Gordon Baldwin: Objects for a Landscape: Sculptural Ceramics

Friday 11 May 2012

Join a group of experts to find out more about the field of sculptural ceramics, in particular the work of Gordon Baldwin, in this symposium, which is a partnership project with the York Museums Trust.

Medieval Art & Medievalisms Research School Field Trip

Friday 11 May 2012

A summer day out to the great Cistercian Abbey of Fountains, joined by glorious water gardens to Burges’ stunning church of St Mary’s at Studley Royal.

Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Cuban Art

Wednesday 2 May 2012

The History of Art Department is excited to be hosting visiting speakers on contemporary Cuban art.

The Two Cultures: Visual Art and Science c.1800-2011: Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

Thursday 26 April 2012

Previously dismissed as non-existent, the relationship between the visual arts and science is a subject which has begun receiving considerable attention in scholarship. This Postgraduate conference intends to engage in this centuries-long debate as to HOW these fields interact, compliment, and complicate one another.

'Cubism and the Nineteenth Century'

Monday 5 March 2012

Professor T.J. Clark (Professor Emeritus at University of California Berkeley, Visiting Professor at the University of York) will be giving a talk entitled 'Cubism and the Nineteenth Century.'

SG10: Spring Master Class: New Reseach in Stained Glass Technique and Conservation

Friday 2 March 2012

This event, to be hosted in the historic King’s Manor campus in the centre of York, will showcase recent research in stained glass technique and conservation. In particular, it will introduce the work of young scholars and conservators, presenting exciting new work as yet unpublished or still in development.

'Brother Grayson's Bible: A Previously Unrecorded Book from St Mary's Abbey'

Monday 27 February 2012

'Brother Grayson's Bible: A Previously Unrecorded Book from St Mary's Abbey'

The Crucifixion, New Perspectives

Friday 24 February 2012

Papers by Rosie Mills, Pete Biller, Emily Guerry, Ellie McCullough, Jane Hawkes, Philippa Turner & Michael Carter

Manuscripts in York

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Two informal seminars in York Minster Library, led by Dr Mills. This is a chance to discuss medieval manuscripts with an experienced scholar, but no prior knowledge or preparation is needed. Open to all, but spaces are limited.

The Metal Minster

Tuesday 21 February 2012

This is a chance to discuss metalwork in the Minster and its treasury with an experienced scholar, but no prior knowledge or preparation is needed.

'The Guthlac Roll and artistic process: a reassessment of the evidence'

Monday 20 February 2012

An examination of the iconography, composition and physical details of the ancient Guthlac Roll which has resisted a conclusive interpretation for centuries.

The Sacred or the Profane: Art, Religion, Amnesia

Monday 30 January 2012

Donald Preziosi, Visiting Professor Emeritus Professor of Art History and Critical Theory University of California at Los Angeles

'Parker Tyler, Mae West and Queer Fandom'

Thursday 26 January 2012

Centre for Modern Studies Post-Graduate Forum Event

Sperm Bomb: Art, Feminism, and the American War in Vietnam

Monday 23 January 2012

Mignon Nixon Professor of Modern Art The Courtauld Institute of Art

Professor Ding Ning, Peking University: 'World Art in China: Global Challenges and Opportunities in Presenting the Art of Other Civilisations'

Monday 23 January 2012

Professor Ding Ning from Peking University, who is visiting the department over the next couple of weeks, will be giving entitled 'World Art in China: Global Challenges and Opportunities in Presenting the Art of Other Civilisations'.

Time Lines: On the Drawings of Anthony McCall

Monday 16 January 2012

Anne Wagner Professor Emerita of Modern and Contemporary Art University of California at Berkeley Visiting Professor at the University of York

Lives of Greek Artists: Creating Creators in Ancient Texts and Modern Art History

Monday 9 January 2012

Verity Platt Associate Professor in the Department of Classics University of Cornell