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Research News, January-February 2017

Tuesday 02 May 2017

Dr Kathryn Rudy (Kate) published a book titled Rubrics, Images and Indulgences in Late Medieval Netherlandish Manuscripts (Brill, 2017). The result of more than a decade's research, this book asks: What role did images play in the mania for indulgences during the decades prior to the Protestant Reformation? The research was funded by a three-year grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

Dr Sonja Drimmer reviewed Kate's book Postcards on Parchment: The Social Lives of Medieval Books (Yale, 2015) in

Dr Catherine Spencer was invited to participate in a study day at Tate Britain in conjunction with the exhibition Artist's Lives: Speaking of the Kasmin Gallery in January. In February she gave a talk about her research on the artists Prunella Clough, Rita Donagh and Sandra Blow at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art as part of the conference Making Women's Art Matter: New Approaches to the Careers and Legacies of Women Artists. She also chaired a public film screening at the Cooper Gallery in Dundee in conjunction with their exhibition Of Other Spaces: When Does Gesture Become Event?

Dr Elsje van Kessel published a chapter titled 'A Modern Miracle: Christ Carrying the Cross in the Scuola di San Rocco between Duplication and Appropriation' in the book Magische Bilder: Techniken der Verzauberung in der Kunst vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart. The book is edited by Uwe Fleckner and Iris Wenderholm and came out of two workshops held at the Warburg-Haus, Hamburg.

On January 17, Dr Luke Gartlan received the Josef Kreiner Prize at an award ceremony in Tokyo for his book A Career of Japan: Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Early Yokohama Photography (Brill, 2016). This award was conferred by Hosei University Research Centre for Japanese Studies (HIJAS) in recognition of the best book on a Japanese subject by a scholar aged under forty-five ( As part of the ceremony, Dr Gartlan delivered a lecture entitled ‘Challenging the Official Record: Rethinking Emperor Meiji’s Photographic Portraits’. The AHRC also announced this international award on their website (

On January 18, Dr Gartlan gave a public lecture to launch his book at the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo. This paper was titled ‘Rediscovering Raimund von Stillfried: Themes and Challenges’ (

Finally, Luke has recently been appointed a member of the International Advisory Board of the European Society for the History of Photography (ESHPh), based in Vienna (

Dr Ulrike Weiss will give a paper titled 'The Side-Saddle as an "Awkward Object"' on 21 April at a conference at the Aalto University at Helsinki. The theme was 'Awkward Objects: The Bounds of the Body in Early Modern Culture'.

Dr Linda Goddard convened the session 'Gauguin Redux' with Professor Elizabeth C. Childs (Washington University in St Louis), at the annual conference of the College Art Association in New York in February.

Dr William Rough gave a talk, 'Print Collecting in Dundee" Orchard, Haden and the Dundee Fine Art Exhibitions 1879-1881' at the the SSAH and Scottish National Gallery Symposium held on 4 February 2017, where the theme was printmaking in Scotland.


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