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Art History Research News, March-April 2017

Wednesday 07 November 2018

Dr Karen Brown and PhD student Kate Keohane facilitated a series of intergenerational workshops with community elders and school children in remote community museums in the islands of Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica in January, alongside 3D scanning by computer scientists to digitize local 'community icons' ranging from iron objects once worn by slaves, to a giant tortoise! The results shall be edited and online soon. 

Dr Brown will present 'Migration + Memory = Museums' at the St Andrews Cultural Memory Research Group workshop 25-26 May. She will also give a paper titled 'Museums Without Walls and the ICOM Definition of the Museum' to the international conference 'Définir le musée du XXie siècle' to be held in La Sorbonne nouvelle, 9-11 June. This conference will contribute to an international and multi-lingual movement led by ICOFOM to re-define the museum. Other locations planned include Rio de Janeiro, Iran, China, and Malaysia. The English language symposium will be hosted here in St Andrews on Saturday 24 November 2017 in Upper College Hall.

Three book-chapters by Julian Luxford have been published in the last few months:

‘Sacred Kingship, Genealogy and the Late Medieval Roodscreen: Catfield and Beyond’, in Art and Science of Medieval Roodscreens, ed. S. Bucklow, R. Marks and L. Wrapson (Woodbridge, 2017), 100-22

‘The Medieval Maces of the University of St Andrews’, in Medieval St Andrews: Church, Cult, City, ed. M. Brown and K. Stevenson (Woodbridge, 2017), 298-330

‘Benedictine Art and Architecture c.1050-c.1150: Aspects of Ideology’, in Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland 950-1150, ed. P. S. Barnwell, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment 4 (Donington, 2016), 43-64

Dr Alistair Rider has written an essay and catalogue entries for a publication to accompany the exhibition ‘Minimal Art from the Marzona Collection’, which will be held at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in London (28th April – 29th July 2017). 

Dr Luke Gartlan has recently delivered two invited papers: 'Shimizu Tōkoku and the Japanese carte de visite' at the conference Photography in Bakumatsu Japan, held at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo (March 26); and 'Vision in Doubt: Arctic Photography, Victorian Geology, and its Anglo-American Debates', at Photo Archives VI: The Place of Photography, held at Christ Church, University of Oxford (April 21).

Luke has also published an essay (in Japanese translation) on the photographer Uchida Kuichi in Shirarezaru Nihon shashin kaitakushi / Dawn of Japanese Photography: The Anthology, ed. Tokyo Photographic Arts Museum, Tokyo: Yamagawa shuppansha 2017, 209-217.

Dr Linda Goddard gave a paper, 'Reading the Life Writings of Women Artists', at the annual conference of the Association of Art Historians in Loughborough.

Linda also presented her current research on the writings of Paul Gauguin to the St Andrews branch of the Franco-Scottish Society.

Dr Elsje van Kessel was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for her project 'Stolen Ships and Globalisation: Asian Material Culture in Europe c. 1600'. She will be working on the project full time from September 2017 to August 2018.

Furthermore, Elsje's monograph was published: The Lives of Paintings: Presence, Agency and Likeness in Venetian Art of the Sixteenth Century(De Gruyter).

Elsje also chaired the panel 'Collecting and Displaying Art' at the annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America in Chicago.

Dr Kathryn Rudy (Kate) has been awarded a Paul Mellon Senior Research Fellowship to write a book provisionally titled Physical Interactions with the Manuscript: Communities and Reader/Viewers in Late Medieval England. She will conduct research for this project during the 2017-18 academic year in London and Oxford.  The St Andrews Impact and Knowledge Exchange Fund has awarded her £1846.00 to write a proposal to make her current research (on rubbing, kissing, and touching books) available to the public as an exhibition.

Kate has also won a Neil Ker award from the British Academy to finish a book about how prints embellished manuscripts in the fifteenth century, became detached in the  nineteenth and can be virtually reassembled in the twenty-first. This follows previous funding from the same organisation  Finally, she won the Ideas Explosion at the University of St Andrews for her small business called Industrial Revolutions, for which she is working with a textile machinery factory to build an exercycle that is also a loom, with the aim of creating a gym where people can work out while producing cloth.

Kate accepted an invitation to participate in  'Methodological innovation in late-medieval studies', the inaugural workshop for a project awarded an ERC Advanced Grant on Music and Late Medieval European Court Cultures. The principle investigator is Karl Kügle. The workshop, which took place at Wadham College, Oxford, gathered a range of international speakers who engage in methodologically innovative work. Kate's presentation was called Materiality and ceremonial: handling books.

Dr Jeremy Howard gave a paper, 'A Forgotten Distaff Side and More: Reflections on Fra Newbery's Serbian Women, its context and associations' at the 'Creating Memories in Early Modern and Modern Art and Literature' Conference, Belgrade, 13-16 March. He also chaired the 'Nation Building: Serbia' panel at this conference.

Dr Catherine Spencer has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on her book Body Politics: Performance Art's Sociological Imagination; the fellowship will run throughout 2018. In April she gave a paper on the performance artist Joan Jonas at the conference Speak, Body: Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life in Leeds, and in March contributed to the workshop Reconstructions, Restagings, Re-enactments: Revisiting Seminal Art Exhibitions in the Twenty-first Century organised by Kingston/Central Saint Martins.

Dr Ilse Sturkenboom started off the conference season with a talk on frontispieces of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba at the marvelous biannual Symposia Iranica, which was convened at Cambridge on 11–12 April 2017. On 27 April, she gave an evening lecture on The Paintings of the Freer Dīvān of Sultan Aḥmad-i Jalāʾir at the York Islamic Art Circle. Ilse is going to Beirut in May for a conference on wine poetry in Near and Middle Eastern Literatures, Khamriyya as a World Poetic Genre, and she is looking forward to further inspiring conferences and talks coming up this summer.



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