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Art History Research News, March-April 2018

Wednesday 07 November 2018

Dr Natalie Adamson has contributed an essay, “Vestiges du futur: La temporalité dans l’œuvre de Pierre Soulages”, trans. Jean-François Cornu, to the exhibition catalogue Pierre Soulages (Centre Georges Pompidou and Fondation Gianadda). The exhibition opens at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland, 15 June – 25 November 2018. 

Dr Anthi Andronikou gave a paper titled: ‘Some Thoughts on “Crusader Art” in the Thirteenth Century’ at the 51st Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies: The Post-1204 Byzantine World. New Approaches and Novel Directions (University of Edinburgh, 13–15 April 2018)

In March Dr Francesca Borgo delivered two invited lectures related to her new project: 'The Fragile Image in the Renaissance' at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and 'Making Art Last: Michelangelo, Leonardo and the Decay of the Image' at the University of Rochester, NY. She also participated in the Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in New Orleans, where she gave a paper titled 'Title Here: Inscriptions and the Beholder in Cinquecento Narrative Cycles,' as part of the panel The Glory of Inscriptions: Epigraphic Writing, Classical Architecture and Monumental Art in the Renaissance.

Dr Kate Cowcher delivered a lunchtime lecture in April at the University of Maryland's Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. on her book project, entitled 'Beyond the Feudal Fog: Art and Revolution in Ethiopia'.

Dr Luke Gartlan was invited to speak at the conference Photography, Modernity, Japan held at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, on January 31, 2018. He delivered the paper 'Private Modernities: The Singleton Family Albums and the Recovery of Early Japanese-Australian Relations'.

On 29 March Dr Jeremy Howard gave his lecture entitled 'Flaxopolis: How Trade in Russian and Baltic Flax changed Dundee' at the Annual General Meeting of the Dundee Civic Trust.

Dr Shona Kallestrup's article '"Royalty is no longer quite royal": word and image in the children's tales of Queen Marie of Romania' was published in Text and Image in Children's Literature: Texte et image dans la littérature de jeunesse, ed. Karen Brown, Camille Fort, Laurence Petit, Image and Narrative, vol. 19, no. 1, 2018.

The following essay by Dr Julian Luxford was recently published: ‘The Nature and Purpose of Medieval Relic-Lists’, in Saints and their Cults in the Middle Ages, ed. S. Powell, Harlaxton Medieval Studies 27 (Donington, 2017), 58-79: ISBN 9781907730597.

In March, Julian also gave the following conference paper: ‘Material or Efficient Cause? A Critique of the Agency of Sculpture’ (at ‘New Directions in the Study of Medieval Sculpture’, an international conference held at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 16-17 March 2018). He also gave the annual Fitzhamon Lecture at Tewkesbury Abbey, on ‘The Founders’ Book: Art, Heraldry and History in Late Medieval Tewkesbury’ (28 April 2018).

Julian has recently been appointed to the committee of the British Academy’s Neil Ker Fund and the advisory council of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Dr Elsje van Kessel participated in several conferences. At the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting (New Orleans, 22-24 March 2018) she co-organised, with Dr Marije Osnabrugge (Université de Genève) the panel 'Art as Idea in the Early Modern World'. At the Association for Art History Annual Conference (King's College London / The Courtauld Institute of Art, 5-7 April 2018) she gave a paper titled 'Legal Agency, Asian Material Culture, and the Freedom of the Seas c. 1600'. Furthermore, she was an invited speaker at the conference 'Objects of Culture in the Early Modern Portuguese World' (University of Oxford, 27-28 April 2018), where she gave the paper 'A Ming porcelain bowl, a seized Portuguese cargo ship, and the law of booty'.

Dr José Ramón Marcaida has contributed a chapter, 'Echoes of Aldrovandi: notes on an illustrated album from the Natural History Museum in London', to a volume edited by Giuseppe Olmi and Fulvio Simoni, Ulisse Aldrovandi. Libri e immagini di storia naturale nella prima età moderna. Bolonia: Bononia University Press, pp. 23-27.

José also participated in two conferences: Murillo ante su IV centenario. Perspectivas historiográficas y culturales (Seville, 19-22 March), with a paper entitled 'Examen de ingenios en la pintura de género de Murillo'; and the Renaissance Society of America annual conference (New Orleans, 22-24 March), with a paper entitled 'Mechanical Wits: Epitomes of Ingenio in the Early Modern Spanish World'.

Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik participated in AAH in London, giving a talk about her research ('Art, Creativity and Menstruation: The Art History of Periods from 1970') and doing research in the Wellcome Library Collection. Camilla was invited to give a lecture about her menstrual research at Århus University, Denmark in early March. She is currently (late April) doing archive and interview research in Gothenburg, Denmark; where she will also give a public lecture for the charity/NGO Mensen (Menstruation). She published 'Ladies, Gentlemen, and Scientific Publication at the Royal Society, 1945-1990' with Aileen Fyfe in Open Library of Humanities; 'How Female Fellows Fared at the Royal Society' with Fyfe in Nature; and 'Adventures in Menstruation: How Period Product Ads Have Changed' in The Conversation. She has also co-organised Early Career Women events at St Andrews, run the Feminist Reading Group forthnightly and organised the School of Art History's Art & Tech research Cluster (which she needs to pick up again!)

Dr Alistair Rider has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for the academic year 2018-19 to complete a monograph on the theme ‘The Lifelong Work: long-term artists’ projects since 1960’. In April he gave a paper on this topic at the conference, ‘Our Uncommon Ground: Modern Languages and Cultures for the 21st Century’ at the University of Durham.

Prof. Kathryn M. Rudy (Kate) spoke by invitation at the conference Devotion, Objects and Emotion, 1300–1700, held 16-17 March 2018 at the University of Melbourne. In her talk, titled 'The Emotional Intent Behind Rubbing, Touching and Kissing Medieval Manuscripts', she presented strategies for seeing marks of wear on the parchment as having been motivated by different emotions.

Kate has been invited to deliver the Goldberg Lecture at Vanderbilt University in 2019. She has agreed to join the editorial board of Visum, a new series of peer-reviewed art historical monographs published with the support of the Universities of Murcia, Brno and Fribourg.

At the international symposium called Horses and Courts: The Reins of Power, Dr Ulrike Elisabeth Weiss gave a paper: 'Aside or astride? Female riding fashions and the performance of gender in the long eighteenth century'.The conference was held at the Wallace Collection, London on 21-23 March, and was organized by the University of Kent’s Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century in conjunction with the Society for Court Studies.



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