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2013 Seminars and Events

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CREMS Double Bill

Wednesday 4 December 2013

The Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies is hosting these two talks by Amanda Lillie (York) and Jeanne Nuechterlein (York).

Against Photographic Exceptionalism

Monday 2 December 2013

"From today painting is dead." Stephen Bann explains how this quotation informed his research as he explores photography and printmaking in the nineteenth century.

History of Art Alumni Event

Saturday 30 November 2013

The Department of History of Art warmly invites all alumni to an informal drinks reception at the Yorkshire Museum.

MA information event

Saturday 30 November 2013

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

Nineteenth-Century Stained Glass Studies: New Directions in Scholarship

Saturday 30 November 2013

Four scholars involved in the study of nineteenth-century stained glass, art and culture, two of them recent doctoral candidates, will offer a personal perspective on their own research and new directions in scholarship in this field.

London Art Worlds: Mobile, Contingent and Ephemeral Networks 1960-1980

Friday 29 November 2013

Bringing together new research on the national and international networks that came to characterise the London art world during the 1960s and 1970s, this conference at the University of York aims to trace the many informal, impromptu and experimental relationships that exist alongside, and fragment, more established institutional histories of British art in this period.

Towards an Iconography of Colour in the Twelfth Century

Tuesday 19 November 2013

We are delighted to welcome Dr Harry Stirrup as he presents his seminar as part of the Centre for Medieval Studies' Visual Culture Series.

Developments in stained glass conservation: The Last Fifty Years

Thursday 14 November 2013

The Stained Glass Research School, in assocation with the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management, is thrilled to welcome Dr Isabelle Pallot-Frossard as she presents this Autumn Master Class Lecture.

The Image, the Knife, and the Gluepot

Monday 4 November 2013

Did you know that clip art is as old as the Middle Ages? Kathryn Rudy of the University of St Andrews presents her paper on early experiments in combining manuscript and print.

Storytelling in Court and Cloister

Saturday 2 November 2013

Hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, and co-sponsored by the Centre for Medieval Literature, this interdisciplinary conference will explore ways in which medieval people used stories to make sense of their world.

St Stephen’s Chapel and the Antiquarians: Recording, Restoration and Politics on Paper at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century (c. 1790-1820)

Tuesday 29 October 2013

This week's Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies Postgraduate Forum is presented by James Hillson (York)

Careers in Art and Law

Tuesday 22 October 2013

Are you interested in combining your passion for Art History with the commercial world? Learn more about specialising in the art market, copyright and property law, and how to make yourself more employable in this sector.

Classicism and the Railway Station in the North-East

Monday 14 October 2013

As the concept of railways became more familiar in the 1840s, so the architecture of stations, like that of banks, became ever more grandiose and ostentatious, as if to assure passengers as to the rock-like fiscal stability of this innovative enterprise. To that end, architects used familiar architectural idioms – and, in the North East, invariably a grand, classical style – for the public face of the station.

The Sex of a Star and Other Sports Problems

Monday 7 October 2013

The sports world is arguably one of the largest aspects of popular visual culture, and critical analysis of popular culture is a major area of interest for visual studies and for queer theory.


Thursday 26 September 2013

What do the terms everyday, ordinary and quotidian mean at the beginning of the twenty-first century? This conference will confront head-on the challenges and opportunities presented by the interdisciplinary nature of such an enquiry.

York St Mary's Lunchtime Talk

Wednesday 25 September 2013

In conjunction with the ARTIST ROOMS display of work by Bruce Nauman at York St Mary's - York Art Gallery's Contemporary Art Space, James Boaden will be giving a lunchtime talk on the artist's work with video.

Religion and Violence

Friday 13 September 2013

An interdisciplinary colloquium especially for the work of new and emerging scholars.

3 Graces: Victorian women, visual art and exchange

Saturday 29 June 2013

As part of York Festival of Ideas, Katie Tyreman introduces the often overlooked art of Victorian women with the aid of a virtual exhibition in the 3Sixty Space of the Ron Cooke Hub.

'Building Fitzwilliam College 1963-2013: an Architectural Journey'

Wednesday 26 June 2013

'Building Fitzwilliam College 1963-2013: an Architectural Journey' curated by Emeritus Professor Richard Marks will be held at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, between 26 June and 11 October.

Anti-Happenings/ Anti-Politics: Experimental Art in Late Socialist Central Europe

Monday 24 June 2013

Centre for Modern Studies postgraduate forum seminar with Dr Klara Kemp-Welch, Courtauld Institute of Art. Klara's paper traces the passage from a commitment to artistic ‘autonomy’ among unofficial artists of the late 1950s and early 1960s to the development of experimental practices which enabled artists to address the problem of isolation and to explore new forms of ‘contact’ in the 1970s and 80s.

History of Art Alumni Event - York

Friday 21 June 2013

We are delighted to invite History of Art alumni an informal drinks reception at on-campus and student-run Norman Rea Gallery.

Chiome scomposte. Le capigliature nell'Italia del Quattrocento, da Donatello a Botticelli

Wednesday 19 June 2013

As part of a series of lectures in Italian on Italian art that is being hosted by Languages for All, Dr Emanuele Lugli examines the significance of hairstyling in artworks of Renaissance Italy.

Brian Sewell in Conversation with James Boaden

Tuesday 18 June 2013

As part of York Festival of Ideas, entertaining and controversial art critic Brian Sewell joins James Boaden in conversation to talk about his life, his views on art and anything else that may come up!

Immagini e parole della politica: la città di Siena nel Trecento

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Languages for All are hosting a series of lectures in Italian on the theme of Italian Art. Tonight Dr Michele Luigi Vescovi will be discussing the frescoes of the 'Buon Governo' in Siena.

Eccentric Objects: Sculpture in the 1960s

Tuesday 11 June 2013

A talk and roundtable discussion between Jo Applin, James Boaden and Jason Edwards to celebrate the publication of Jo’s books Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America (Yale University Press, 2012) and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field (Afterall and MIT Press, 2012).

Humanities Research Centre Summer Celebration

Thursday 6 June 2013

This is an opportunity to learn more about and celebrate, work going on in the field of arts and humanities at the University.

The Production and Reading of Music Sources

Thursday 6 June 2013

This International Conference organised by Thomas Schmidt (University of Manchester) and Hanna Vorholt (University of York)is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council 'Production and Reading of Music Sources, 1480-1530' project.

Creative Dissidence: A Workshop on Art and Activism

Wednesday 5 June 2013

In 2011, the Arab uprisings, the anti-austerity protests in Greece and Spain, and the Occupy Movement in North America mobilized broad sectors of society in opposition to anti-democratic systems of political and economic power. Rather than fixate on the direct political implications of these demands, this workshop aims to consider their aesthetic and cultural dimensions.

History of Art Alumni Event - London

Tuesday 4 June 2013

We are delighted to invite History of Art alumni an informal drinks reception at The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Representi​ng the Industrial Scene: Lowry in Context 1900-80

Tuesday 4 June 2013

In dialogue with the upcoming Tate exhibition ‘Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life’, and with visiting scholars T.J. Clark and Anne Wagner’s previous lecture ‘The Question of Lowry’. This symposium will give four researchers the opportunity to reconsider Lowry’s specifically British art-historical context at key stages of the 20th century. Lively debate expected!

Art Outside the Canon: A Workshop

Tuesday 28 May 2013

This workshop begins from an enquiry into the nature of the discipline of the history of art – as it is manifested in art historical writing and exhibition making – it aims to test how far its methods are adequate for examining modern and contemporary art works which have been either produced or received (in whole or in part) outside of canonical circumstances.

MA offer holders event

Friday 24 May 2013

The department is delighted to welcome offer holders for the MA in History of Art and associated pathway degrees to visit the department.

Feminist Object(ive)s: Writing Art Histories

Tuesday 21 May 2013

This event will explore the aims, challenges and complications of writing art histories from a feminist standpoint, considering feminist methodologies, encounters with feminist art and culture and working with women artists, as well as more broadly politically engaged art practices.

Understanding Baroque Ivory Sculptures: the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Monday 20 May 2013

As part of our collaborative research partnership with the V&A, Marjorie Trusted, Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, will present this lecture on baroque ivory sculptures.

Capitalism Without Images

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Professor T J Clark, Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley and Visiting Professor at York presents this lecture.

Visual Culture in Crisis: Britain c.1800-Present

Saturday 11 May 2013

A two-day conference supported by the British Art Research School and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Art History and the Everyday

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Dr Michael White and Dr Jo Applin contribute to the Centre for Modern Studies Research Series 'Ordinary/Everyday/Quotidian'.

Giovanni Morelli and his friend Giorgione: Connoisseurship, Science and Irony

Monday 6 May 2013

Giovanni Morelli has been vaunted as “the celebrated inventor of scientific connoisseurship”, a reputation that was seemingly validated by his 1880 attribution of the Sleeping Venus in Dresden to the sixteenth-century Venetian painter Giorgione. However, there have always been doubts.

Into the Valley: Scenes of an Afghan Conflict

Tuesday 30 April 2013

York Art Gallery has recently acquired a group of drawings by Official War Artist Jules George; this will be an opportunity to hear him discussing works from his tour of Afghanistan in 2010, as well as his impressions of other works in York Art Gallery.

The Tudors and the Founding of the Savoy Hospital

Monday 29 April 2013

By ca. 1500 every English town had multiple hospitals which were to provide lodging, food and spiritual care to those in need. Yet Henry VII, in his will, expressed a desire to found a new hospital in London because “there be few or noon such commune hospitallis within this our reeame.” Henry’s new Savoy hospital attempted to draw on Florence as its primary model, casting the Tudors as Renaissance patrons, but was also shaped by English conventions.

Undergraduate submissions wanted for ASA Conference

Friday 26 April 2013

The 1st Annual Student Archaeology Conference at York warmly welcomes undergraduate art historians to share their innovative research and views on the past.

The Reader's Eye: Between Annotation and Illustration

Monday 22 April 2013

Bill Sherman is Professor of Renaissance and Early Modern Studies in the Department of English and Related Literature at York. "In 'Used Books' (my study of marginalia in early printed books), I tried to argue that readers in the 13th-17th centuries picked up their books with an acute awareness of the symbolic and practical power of the hand, and concluded that pre-modern reading was, to a surprising extent, a manual art, but in doing so I lost sight of sight itself and have now begun to recover the ways in which readers responded with images as well as words."

Schwitters in Context: The British Years

Saturday 20 April 2013

This event is hosted by Tate Britain to complement their exhibition 'Schwitters in Britain' with the support of Newcastle University's Hatton Gallery.

Introducing Victorian Women Artists

Saturday 13 April 2013

This one day Saturday course is being taught by Katie Tyreman, Post Doctoral Research & Cultural Engagement Project Fellow, University of York/V&A. Katie will explore the integral role women performed within the Victorian art world, as artists, models and patrons, and within artistic movements such as Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism and Symbolism

Beyond the Garden Party: Rethinking Edwardian Culture

Friday 12 April 2013

This two-day conference will be held at the University of Durham and the University of York, and features a series of papers and panel discussions on subjects ranging from railway posters to chivalric costumes, censorship to science fiction, and spiritualism to neo-Edwardian films.

Sketching the Sublime

Saturday 23 March 2013

Is it possible to surpass scale and sketch the sublime? The National Gallery is hosting this event to complement their exhibition of the work of Frederic Church, 'Through American Eyes: Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch'. Along with other speakers, Sarah Turner will examine the development of sketching with oils.

The Official Launch of the History of Art Research Portal

Monday 4 March 2013

Come and find out more about our exciting digital projects and the potential of the web for art historical research! Jennifer Mundy, Head of Collection Research at Tate will open the event with a talk about museums, collections research and the web.

Spring Master Class: Bulk Glass, Plain Glazing, Archaeological Glass History, Technology and Conservation

Friday 1 March 2013

This event, to be hosted in the historic King’s Manor campus in the centre of York, will focus on glass – bulk glass, ‘plain glazing’, ‘white’ glass, and archaeological glass, its technology, history and conservation. An international panel of speakers will present recent research and new conservation applications. Tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch is included in the ticket price.

Re-membering the Anglo-Saxons in the Eighteenth Century: Sculpture, Stowe and Questions of Identity

Monday 25 February 2013

As is well known, the eighteenth century was marked by an increased interest and participation in travel, the acquisition of art and antiquities, and publications catering for and encouraging these trends. While much of these activities focussed on the ‘classical’ in and of the European mainland, some also involved extended travel through Britain, particularly into regions whose locale and antiquities were deemed unfamiliar – such as the North of England and Scotland. As part of this, attention began to turn to the vernacular traditions of carving in antiquity.

Investigating Titian: The First Forty Years

Thursday 21 February 2013

As part of our collaborative research partnership with the National Gallery in London, Jill Dunkerton, the distinguished conservator and author of many groundbreaking publications on the techniques of Italian Renaissance artists will be lecturing on Titian's painting techniques.

The Future: A History

Monday 18 February 2013

Glenn Adamson‘s lecture will provide an early unveiling of plans for an exhibition to be held at the V&A in Spring 2016

Tendencies at Twenty

Thursday 14 February 2013

To celebrate queer history month, Valentine’s Day, and the 20th anniversary of the publication, in 1993, of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s groundbreaking queer-theoretical text Tendencies, the Centre for Modern Studies will be hosting an inter-disciplinary symposium where 12 diverse scholars will each offer a short position paper on a chapter from the book, before a roundtable discussion at the end of the day.

University of York 50th Anniversary Event

Tuesday 12 February 2013

The well-loved artist David Hockney RA, whose most recent and phenomenally successful exhibition 'A Bigger Picture' celebrated in vivid colour the seasonal changes of his local Yorkshire countryside, is to be presented with an honorary degree, with an introduction by Professor Liz Prettejohn.

The Question of Lowry

Monday 11 February 2013

T J Clark and Anne Wagner present this seminar ahead of their co-curated exhibition 'Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life' which will open in June at Tate Britain.

Identity: A Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum Seminar

Tuesday 5 February 2013

In this interdisciplinary seminar, Eoin Martin and Daniel Molto will explore issues surrounding identity and its applications in the humanities. Eoin Martin will be presenting his paper 'Imagination Nation: Queen Victoria and the National Identity in the New Houses of Parliament', and Daniel Molto will be speaking on 'Logic, Identity and the Humanities.'

Shaping Knowledge in the Twelfth Century: The Wolfenbuttel Liber Floridus

Monday 4 February 2013

The Liber Floridus, compiled by Lambert of Saint-Omer between 1112 and 1121, is one of the best known medieval encylopaedias today. However, its fame is not an exclusively modern phenomenon.

Making Religion Matter

Monday 28 January 2013

A group of staff will raise provocative, interesting and difficult questions and problems on the relationship between art and religion arising form their own diverse areas of research.This will be followed by wide-ranging discussion open to all.

1913: A Year in the Life of Sculpture

Saturday 26 January 2013

This one day symposium brings together scholars working on early twentieth-century art to reconsider the extraordinary developments in modern sculpture that took place in 1913.

Ideas that Bind: Approaches to Modernist Groups and Networks

Friday 25 January 2013

Two of the foremost scholars of modernism, Professor Linda Dalrymple Henderson (University of Texas) and Professor Patricia Leighten (Duke University), will be taking part in this afternoon workshop highlighting new research on the ways in which artistic groups were formed, the role of networks in the dissemination of artistic practices and their intersection with varieties of political radicalism.

'Swagger and Smirk: Patrician Empowerment and Rembrandt's Nightwatch'

Monday 21 January 2013

Everybody knows Rembrandt’s painting of the so-called “Nightwatch”. This group portrait of the Amsterdam Musketeers’ Militia Company is undoubtedly Rembrandt’s most famous and enigmatic painting.

West Yorkshire parish church tour

Monday 14 January 2013

The Stained Glass Research School has organised a tour of West Yorkshire's parish churches. Reserve a place now to see these unique examples of stained glass and partake in interesting discussions of their history and conservation. These include: All Saints Church, Normanton. St Michael's and All Angels, Thornhill and the Church of St Michael and Our Lord, Wragby.