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2014 Seminars and Events

Past Events

Ghosts in the Machine or Images on the Run? Rethinking Henri Cartier-Bresson's Corporate Humanism

Monday 1 December 2014

In 1968 Henri Cartier-Bresson's exhibition Man and Machine opened its tour of America and Europe. Commissioned by IBM it – and the accompanying photo-book (published in multilingual editions) – put Cartier-Bresson's brand of humanist photojournalism to work around a cold war world to sell the corporation's nascent computer technology and informational management systems.

Vegan Theory Workshop

Monday 1 December 2014

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Vegan Society, the Centre for Modern Studies will be hosting a short, lunchtime event.

The First Date Painting: On Kawara at Altamira

Thursday 27 November 2014

Professor Whitney Davis explores the beginnings of conceptual artist On Kawara's 'date paintings' ahead of a major retrospective of his work at the Guggenheim in New York in the spring.

Moving Images: Between Photography and Film in Contemporary Art

Monday 17 November 2014

Dr Lee Von-Kim (Oxford) presents this seminar hosted by the Centre for Modern Studies

Ursula von Rydingsvard in conversation with Peter Murray

Friday 14 November 2014

American artist Ursula von Rydingsvard discusses her work with Peter Murray, Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Executive Director.

Cold Paint, Warm Windows and Digital Futures

Thursday 13 November 2014

Dr Stefan Trümpler, the Director of The Vitrocentre, Romont (Switzerland)presents the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management and The Stained Glass Research School Autumn Master-Class Lecture

Jerusalem's Imprint on the European Visual Memory

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Professor Bianca Kühnel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem presents this public lecture hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies. A graduate seminar follows on Wednesday.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres on the Art of Due Process

Monday 10 November 2014

Artist-issued certificates grant ownership to their bearer, frequently on condition that said owner fulfill various terms. In the past thirty years, such certificates of ownership have been increasingly prevalent and specific.

Russell Group Universities Postgraduate Study Roadshow

Wednesday 5 November 2014

An opportunity to find out about postgraduate study at Russell Group universities.

Magic Mountain: The Media of Messianism and the Mark of Marikana in South Africa

Monday 3 November 2014

In the aftermath of the bloody strikes at Marikana, South Africans heard mineworkers speak of “going to the mountain.” A literal hill above the Lonmin complex made that phrase seem innocent, a merely referential gesture.

Presentation by Frances Guy of The Hepworth Wakefield

Monday 27 October 2014

Frances Guy will be speaking about her experience as Head of Collections and Exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Periodisation: What's the Point?

Tuesday 21 October 2014

This event forms part of the Humanities Research Centre 'Lightning Rods' series.

How Renaissance Rhetoric Transformed the Classical Tradition

Thursday 16 October 2014

Rhetoric was a central part of the legacy of the classical world and at the same time a defining characteristic of renaissance humanism. This paper will examine the ways in which northern European humanists, in particular Rudolph Agricola (1443-85) and Erasmus of Rotterdam (?1469-1536) used elements of their classical inheritance, both rhetorical and literary, to produce innovations in rhetorical theory.

The Magazine as Catalogue, or, The Assemblage of Specimens

Monday 6 October 2014

Samuel Bibby, Associate Editor of Art History presents our first research seminar of the summer term.

Beguiling Structures

Friday 19 September 2014

This conference complements the Building the Picture exhibition which has been curated by Amanda Lillie of the department, and Caroline Campbell of the National Gallery

27th Colloquium of the Corpus Vitrearum

Monday 7 July 2014

This is the biennial meeting of the fourteen member countries of the Corpus Vitrearum.

Cathedral Libraries and Archives in the British Isles

Wednesday 2 July 2014

The 13th York Manuscripts Conference is hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York, in association with the Cathedral Libraries and Archives Network.

Collaborative Meeting with the Centre for Dutch Studies at The University Sheffield

Tuesday 24 June 2014

An introductory meeting with the Centre for Dutch Studies to explore each other's interests and research, and to look to possible future collaborations

Was Adam Androgynous? Some Medieval Views

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Alessandro Scafi, Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural History at the Warburg Institute presents this Visual Culture Series seminar for the Centre for Medieval Studies.

Mondrian: A different kind of order

Monday 16 June 2014

Michael White presents this talk on Piet Mondrian as part of York Festival of Ideas

Wills and Windows

Monday 16 June 2014

This postgraduate seminar will be led by Professor Emeritus Richard Marks.

Drawing In/Screening Off: Metaphors of the Veil Beyond Painting

Friday 13 June 2014

A workshop by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz Max-Planck-Institut and the History of Art Department of the University of York

Piet Mondrian in the Round

Tuesday 10 June 2014

This event is presented by the Architectural History and Theory Research School.

Post-doctorate Showcase

Monday 9 June 2014

Three of our Post-doctorate Researchers will present papers relating to their recent research.

Summer Research Celebration

Tuesday 27 May 2014

A celebration of honours and achievements among academics in the arts and humanities.

Madness and Montage

Thursday 22 May 2014

We are thrilled to confirm that W.J.T. Mitchell (Chicago) will be presenting this year's Jacques Berthoud Lecture, hosted by the Department of English and Related Literature.

There's no such thing as British Art

Thursday 22 May 2014

Organised by the British Art Research School at York, this experimental symposium is designed to open up and explore the historical category of British art, to reconsider the uses and usefulness of the term for art historians today.

Aesthetica Art Prize Talk

Wednesday 21 May 2014

James Boaden presents one in a series of lunchtime talks relating to the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 Exhibition at York St Mary's

Subterranean in the Medieval World

Saturday 17 May 2014

Over the course of two days almost 20 papers will be presented by as many scholars, with a keynote address from Professor Howard Williams of the University of Chester.

Photography and Identity in the Victorian Period

Monday 12 May 2014

Our visiting Fulbright Scholar, Professor Jennifer Tucker, and Dr Sean Willcock will be presenting this event together.

Victorian and Early 20th-Century Research Event

Monday 12 May 2014

An informal opportunity for postgraduates studying the art and architecture of the Victorian and early twentieth-century period to share ideas.

Hearing Enchantment: Music Through Theosophy

Friday 9 May 2014

Utah-based string quartet, The Fry Street Quartet, will perform a concert that explores the connections between music and Theosophy to complement the exhibition 'Pioneering Spirit: Maud MacCarthy - Mysticism, Music and Modernity' which is currently running in the Borthwick Institute.

Symphonies of Movement and Colour: Scriabin's Prometheus, Online Stream

Thursday 8 May 2014

This concert, organised by Network Partner Dr Christopher Scheer, was part of a yearlong series of events at Utah State University under the 'Enchanted Modernities' umbrella, which was made possible in part through funding from the Leverhulme grant.

Sketching Home: Soldier Art and Souvenirs of the Crimean War

Thursday 24 April 2014

Helen Furneaux (Leicester) presents this Research Seminar, which is hosted by the Department of English and Related Literature Modern School.

Strange Beauty Conference

Friday 11 April 2014

This conference, hosted by The National Gallery, ties in with the Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance exhibition which has come from a collaboration with the History of Art Department, University of York

Cross-Currents in Art History: authors in conversation with readers

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Organized, introduced, and moderated by Professor Whitney Davis, in this day-long symposium authors of recent books and/or series of essays in art history that cross over conventional boundaries of subject area and method, will discuss their publication(s) with a reader from another branch of art history and visual studies.

Changing Perceptions of German Art: a Workshop on Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance

Thursday 20 March 2014

This semi-informal workshop will explore a range of perspectives on the themes of the Strange Beauty exhibition at the National Gallery. We are especially interested in responses to the exhibition from those outside as well as inside the German Renaissance field, particularly those with a nineteenth or early twentieth century perspective.

Women's Images of Men- Screening and Discussion

Tuesday 18 March 2014

This event is being chaired and has been co-organised by Amy Tobin, University of York

Graduate Research Student Conference

Friday 14 March 2014

The first annual conference for PhD students in the Department of History of Art.

Colour at the National Gallery

Monday 10 March 2014

Dr Caroline Campbell, Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500 and Loans Curator at the National Gallery presents this Research Seminar.

Museum Narrative Symposium

Friday 7 March 2014

The Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past and the European Centre for Cultural Exploration are presenting this symposium, which will explore the form that narrative takes in museums, how it differs from other forms of narrative, its spatial and textual modes, and its efficacy.

Art, History, and Re-Enactment: Michael Baxandall and the Historical Explanation of Pictures

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Professor Whitney Davis (University of California at Berkeley and University of York) presents his second public lecture of the term.

Wittgenstein, Veronese, and Ginger Rogers: what does 'red' mean?

Monday 3 March 2014

Professor Paul Smith explores Wittgenstein’s arguments about how colour words may not mean what they do because they refer to qualia or exhibited chromatic properties, and how (instead) they mean different things inside different ‘language-games’.

Dealing with Loss: ethical and technical approaches to restorations and the creation of infills

Saturday 1 March 2014

Everyone is welcome to the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management Spring Master Class

'Let the balance be just and the weights equal': Quentin Matsys's Moneychanger and his Wife in 1514

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Hosted by the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Professor Joanne Woodall (Courtauld) presents this lecture.

Frames of reference: Art, Race, Sexuality and Nationhood

Tuesday 25 February 2014

This Centre for Modern Studies postgraduate forum seminar encompasses three different methodological approaches to the cultures surrounding the creation and display of artworks in the modern period.

'Two lubberly preposterous figures': medieval giants in modern London

Monday 24 February 2014

Dr Alixe Bovey (Kent) presents this Research Seminar exploring the history and importance of the Guildhall giants.

Fat Art Thin Art: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick as a Poet

Friday 14 February 2014

To celebrate Queer History Month, Valentine's Day, and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Fat Art Thin Art, the Centre for Modern Studies is delighted to host an afternoon soirée to discuss Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick as a poet.

A Lovely Dialogue: Critics and Poets, Friends and Fans

Thursday 13 February 2014

A poetry reading to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's 'Fat Art Thin Art', hosted by the Centre for Modern Studies

Deconstructing Saint-Riquier: text, image and archaeology at an early medieval monastery

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Dr Eric Cambridge (Durham) presents the second seminar in the Centre for Medieval Studies' Visual Culture series.

Generation Dada and Virgin Microbe Book Launch

Monday 20 January 2014

Join us for the launch of Michael White's latest publications, Generation Dada and Virgin Microbe.

Images, Pictures and Prehistories

Monday 13 January 2014

Using the example of Aurignacian "cave art", the earliest uncontroversial case of picture-making in the record of human evolution (c. 35,000-25,000 BC), this lecture addresses a central dispute between pictorial iconology and the "anthropology of images."

Medieval Art and Medievalisms Research School Meeting

Thursday 9 January 2014

All members of the Medieval Art and Medievalisms Research School are invited to attend this meeting.

British Art Research School Meeting

Thursday 9 January 2014

All members of the British Art Research School are invited to this meeting, focusing on developing a coherent strategy for the School’s activities over the next five years.

Sculpture Studies Research School Day

Wednesday 8 January 2014

Visiting Professor Whitney Davis, currently the Director of the Sculpture Studies Research School, is working to put together this one day symposium.