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Friday 18 May 2018, 1.00PM to 6.30pm

This symposium focuses on both material and phenomenological discussions on the various uses of and ideas around atmosphere with regard not only to the work of art, but also to instances of environment, dwelling and habitat as something lived, felt or sensed. Difficult to grasp, how might we make sense of such palpable yet invisible experiences?

We are thrilled to welcome several brilliant speakers to York, for a multidisciplinary, transhistorical discussion of how we might grasp 'atmosphere'.

Our speakers come from a range of disciplines, History of Art, English Literature, Geography, and Architecture, so we expect this to be a truly fruitful discussion, of interest to those from a whole range of disciplinary areas.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Amanda Lillie, University of York
  • Dr Richard Taws, University College London
  • Dr Erin Lafford, University of Oxford
  • Dr Thomas Morgan Evans, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Professor Mark Dorrian, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Ben Anderson, Durham University

The afternoon will discuss a number of conceptualisations of atmosphere, ranging from: Andy Warhol, 15th Century artistic meterology, William Gilpin's picturesque, Georges Michel, Gerard K O'Neill's Space Colonies, and atmospheric change and dissolution

We hope you will join us for this event, and look forward to seeing you there!

This event is free to attend, and some refreshments will be provided. 

Register for the symposium.

This event is supported by the University of York's Humanities Research Centre, Centre for Modern Studies, and History of Art Department.

Organisers: Jessica Schouela, Marie Allitt, and Dr Teresa Kittler

Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building