2017 seminars and events

Thu
19
Oct

Alma-Tadema: Antiquity at Home and on Screen

This symposium aims to air and develop new research inspired by the exhibition Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity, on view at Leighton House Museum, its third and final venue, from 7 July to 29 October 2017. It brings together scholars and students from art and design history, architectural history, garden history, classics, classical reception studies, film studies, theatre history, musicology, and Victorian studies among others. The symposium will include screenings of relevant films and film-clips as well as an opportunity to view the exhibition at Leighton House.

Tue
24
Oct

The Arts of Pilgrimage

Since the 7th century Muslims around the world have been performing Hajj - the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city in Islam. During this time and up to the current day, there has been a huge artistic legacy which has developed around the rituals and the sacred sites, with each object uniquely commemorating this journey and its spiritual endeavour. This lecture will explore the journey to Mecca and the performance of Hajj, focusing on the skill and creativity of the artists, craftspeople and pilgrims who have all been inspired by this great pilgrimage.

Sat
28
Oct

Turner and the Whale

Symposium at Hull Maritime Museum

Tue
31
Oct

Medieval Pilgrims' Books: Some Evidence, and Problems of Evidence

Medieval Literatures and Languages Research School Seminar

Thu
9
Nov

Cold Paint on Stained Glass in Nuremburg around 1500: Patina, Varnish and Glazes

Cold Paint on Stained Glass in Nuremburg around 1500: Patina, Varnish and Glazes

Mon
13
Nov

Paper, Time and Oblivion in Premodern Europe

Part of the History of Art Research Seminar Series

Tue
14
Nov

William the Conqueror and The Harrying of the North 1069-70: Contexts and Perspectives

Normans in the North Lecture Series William the Conqueror and The Harrying of the North 1069-70: Contexts and Perspectives

Thu
16
Nov

Reconstructing the Medieval Islamic Rock Crystal ‘Industry’

Vessels carved from solid rock crystal are amongst the most celebrated objects made under the ʿAbbasid and Fatimid caliphs in the 9th to 11th centuries. Very few survive in the contemporary Muslim world, and most entered European church treasuries during the Middle Ages as reliquaries and as sacred vessels for the Mass. As a result, far more is known of their history and symbolism as Christian-ised objects, than of the “industry” that produced them before they came to Europe — the origins of the raw crystal, the locations of the workshops in which they were produced, the tools and techniques used to carve a material that is harder than any metal, the organisation of the market, and the use and consumption of, and changing fashion for, rock crystal objects in the Islamic world. This beautifully illustrated talk presents the preliminary results of a project to investigate such questions, directed by Jeremy Johns and Elise Morero at the Khalili Research Centre in the University of Oxford.

Thu
23
Nov

Orosius’ description of the world: influence, adaptation and interpolation

Centre for Medieval Literatures Seminar Orosius’ description of the world: influence, adaptation and interpolation

Fri
24
Nov

Modern Painters, Old Masters: The Art of Imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War

An extended comparison of the two images that are on the cover of Liz's book by the same name.

Mon
27
Nov

Wood, Flesh, Vermillion, Blood: Making Supernatural Sculpture

Part of the History of Art Research Seminar Series

Wed
29
Nov

New China and New Chinese Painting

A lecture by a senior insider critic, curator, painter, calligrapher, photographer, collector and former Deputy Director of the National Museum of China.

Previous events

Monastic Legacies: Memory and the Biography of Place

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Monastic Legacies: Memory and the Biography of Place

How Turner Walked to Class

Monday 16 October 2017

Part of the History of Art research seminar series

Looking at Art-Language: Artists' Magazines 1969-1985

Thursday 12 October 2017

A one day conference seeking to position Art-Language within the burgeoning field of the study of artists’ publications and their histories, and with particular interest in how magazines and journals come to be framed subsequent to their original production.

Aspiring to the Condition of Music: Albert Moore and Synaesthesia

Thursday 13 July 2017

Professor Tim Barringer: Aspiring to the Condition of Music: Albert Moore and Synaesthesia

Rethinking Albert Moore

Thursday 13 July 2017

This event has generously been supported by the Department of History of Art, York Art History Collaborations, and the Centre for Modern Studies

Albert Moore, the Pre-Raphaelites, and James McNeill Whistler

Thursday 22 June 2017

Albert Moore Lectures: Professor Liz Prettejohn: Albert Moore, the Pre-Raphaelites, and James McNeill Whistler

The Story of the Two Lamps: Re-reading the Ardabil Carpet

Thursday 15 June 2017

About the Speaker: Dr Moya Carey is the Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for the Iranian Collections, at the V&A Museum in London. Her current research addresses Qajar Iran, and how the V&A acquired its extensive collections of Iranian art in the late 19th century.

"Istanbul: The Story of a City from Roman times to the Ottoman Conquest"

Monday 12 June 2017

"Istanbul: The Story of a City from Roman times to the Ottoman Conquest"

The Art of the Bible: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World

Monday 12 June 2017

The Art of the Bible: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World

“Holding Your Image in My Bodily Arms”: Multi-Sensory Encounters with Donatello’s Wooden Crucifix

Monday 12 June 2017

“Holding Your Image in My Bodily Arms”: Multi-Sensory Encounters with Donatello’s Wooden Crucifix

British Library: seminar on public engagement

Monday 12 June 2017

Seminar on Public Engagement 11.30-12.30 | Huntingdon Room, King’s Manor Drawing on examples from their recent publications, co-curated exhibitions and outreach work at the British Library, Kathleen Doyle and Scot McKendrick will discuss how to present specialist knowledge to a general audience. This will be a unique opportunity to learn more about wider issues of impact and public engagement.

Middle East Art in the Museum: The Stories we Tell

Thursday 8 June 2017

Middle East Art in the Museum: The Stories we Tell

Michelangelo and Paper as Palimpsest

Monday 5 June 2017

More details to follow

Recovering the Past

Friday 2 June 2017

This multi-disciplinary two-day conference sets out to celebrate and analyse the impact the work of previous generations has had on our understanding of the Medieval past.

ACT UP: Thirty Years Fighting AIDS

Thursday 1 June 2017

June 1, 2017 Screening of "United in Anger: A History of ACT UP" Roundtable discussion with director Jim Hubbard, and Dr Monica Pearl June 2, 2017 Conference Keynote Speaker: Dr Monica Pearl

(Re)connecting Dots: Conversations Beyond Art History

Wednesday 31 May 2017

(Re)connecting Dots: Conversations Beyond Art History

What Turns Pictures On

Friday 26 May 2017

Part of the York Summer Theory Institute in Art History

On the Confluence of Virtualities in Computer-based Environments

Thursday 25 May 2017

Public lecture as part of this year's York Summer Theory Institute

The Origin of Perspective

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Whitney Davis will give a lecture as part of this year's York Summer Theory Institute

“Down the nave to pace in motion slow”. The space and beholder in nineteenth-century sacred architecture and St Mary’s church, Studley Royal

Monday 22 May 2017

“Down the nave to pace in motion slow”. The space and beholder in nineteenth-century sacred architecture and St Mary’s church, Studley Royal

Third Annual York Summer Theory Institute in Art History

Monday 22 May 2017

This year's YSTI runs 22-26 May, hosted by the History of Art department at the University of York

Spices, Silks, and Slaves: Travel by Land in the Medieval Islamic World

Tuesday 9 May 2017

Spices, Silks, and Slaves: Travel by Land in the Medieval Islamic World

The Edge of Sculpture

Tuesday 9 May 2017

The Research School for Sculpture Studies of the Department of History of Art is delighted to announce The Edge of Sculpture, a symposium to be held in HRC Tree House Tuesday 9 May 2017 2.00-6.00 p.m.​

"Bright earth, Fired earth": Travels with Porcelain.

Monday 8 May 2017

We are delighted to welcome Edmund de Waal to the History of Art department to speak to us about his recent projects.

In Conversation: Edmund de Waal and Martin Suckling discuss Psalm (after Celan)

Monday 8 May 2017

Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with Martin Suckling, in addition to his lecture at the Yorkshire Museum.

Casting the Real: Reproduction, Translation and Interpretation in Petrarch’s Time

Thursday 4 May 2017

An international workshop held at the Centre for Medieval Studies, K/159 May 4-5, 2017

Construction, Reconstruction and Collection: recent stained glass research

Thursday 4 May 2017

Construction, Reconstruction and Collection: recent stained glass research

The Paintings of the Freer Dīvān of Sultan Aḥmad-i Jalāʾir (d. 1410) and the New Taste for Decorative Design in Persian Manuscripts

Thursday 27 April 2017

The Paintings of the Freer Dīvān of Sultan Aḥmad-i Jalāʾir (d. 1410) and the New Taste for Decorative Design in Persian Manuscripts

Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender

Wednesday 19 April 2017

Workshop with David Getsy (Art Institute Chicago)

The Emotional Nature of the Number of Inches Between: Body Language, Sexuality, and Affectual Transfer in Scott Burton's Behavior Tableaux of the 1970s

Tuesday 18 April 2017

The Emotional Nature of the Number of Inches Between: Body Language, Sexuality, and Affectual Transfer in Scott Burton's Behavior Tableaux of the 1970s

Merz North 4

Wednesday 22 March 2017

York is hosting the fourth gathering of MerzNorth to consider the theme of 'Merz. Memory and the Museum' in advance of the reopening of the refurbished Hatton Gallery in Newcastle this autumn.

Annual History of Art postgraduate symposium

Friday 17 March 2017

This conference provides an opportunity for doctoral students to present and discuss their research among the History of Art PhD community as a whole, exploring synergies across research strands, media, and historical periods.

Rauschenberg, Dante and the Day's Residues

Monday 13 March 2017

Research seminar, 13/3/17, Ed Krcma

Environmental Protective Glazing: Recent Projects and New Research

Saturday 4 March 2017

MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management Spring Master-Class

Symbolism and Memory in Imperial Mughal Tombs

Thursday 2 March 2017

Islamic Art Circle Lecture

Reparative Reading at 21

Tuesday 14 February 2017

The fourth in the department's series of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Memorial Symposia, Reparative Reading at 21 returns to consider Sedgwick's seminal 1996 essay, 'Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading, or, You're So Paranoid You Probably Think This Essay is About You'. The symposia will take place in the Treehouse of the Berwick Saul Building, between 1pm and 6pm, and will feature short position papers from a number of speakers, followed by a round table discussion

The Patron’s Window and a Travelling Artist: Hans Schäufelein in Schwaz

Monday 13 February 2017

Research seminar, 13/2/17, Uwe Gast

Invisible Strategies: Lubaina Himid and exhibition making

Friday 10 February 2017

Invisible Strategies: Lubaina Himid and exhibition making

Reparative Reading at 21: second informal reading group

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best’s conceptualisation of surface reading, and Heather Love’s claim for the virtues of description; articles which each, in their different but related ways, seek to challenge the received wisdom of the hermeneutics of suspicion and depth.

Dreams, Dice and Divination: Islamic Art and the Supernatural

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Islamic Art circle lecture

Reparative Reading at 21: first informal reading group

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Starting with Sedgwick’s paradigm-shifting account of paranoid and reparative reading, and moving through Bruno Latour’s polemical argument that critique has been co-opted and run out of steam

Navigating the Church in Twelfth-Century England

Monday 30 January 2017

Research semianr, Karl Kinsella 30/1/17

Implausible Narratives and Rewriting the History of Early Northern Italian Renaissance Art.

Monday 16 January 2017

Research seminar, Daniel Maze, 16/1/17

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