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November-December 2018 Research News

Monday 31 December 2018

Dr Agnès Bos was invited by the Philadelphia Museum of Art to give a talk about ‘European collections of carved wood fragments’ at the Taylor Woodcarving Study Day on 8 November. On 19 November she delivered a paper entitled ‘Reconsidering medieval furniture: new research, new perspectives’ in the Mediaeval Studies Series of the University of St Andrews.

Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik’s article ‘”We Didn’t Have Periods, We Had Stomach Aches” Norwegian Menstrual Experiences from the Twentieth Century’ was published in the Journal of Gender Studies 16 November 2018(in Norwegian with abstract in English; journal name Tidsskrift for Kjønnsforskning). This paper was reported on in the media by Kilden Media for Gender Studies in Scandinavia. Røstvik submitted an entry for the Oxford Art Journal Early Career Essay Competition on 1 December, about Judy Chicago’s menstruation works. She is also completing the final edits of the co-authored book The Secret History of the Scientific Journal – The Economic, Social and Cultural History of the World’s Oldest Scientific Journal 1665-2020, which will be submitted in December.

Dr Røstvik was invited to give a talk about the history of the sanitary bin at the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh on 27 November. She also talked about her overall menstrual research at the launch of the St Andrews Institute of Gender Studies on 4 December 2018. She invited and introduced Dr Jesse Olzynko-Gryn to lecture on the history of the pregnancy tests part of the School of History Modern Research Seminars on 12 November. She has organised and participated in two meetings of the Feminist Reading Group, which is now officially part of the St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies.

Dr Karen Brown has been awarded an RSE Research Workshops Grant for Community Heritage Scotland, in partnership with the National Library of Scotland and Ergadia Heritage. Community-based workshops will take the length and breadth of Scotland over the next year exploring the management of Scotland’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. An academic symposium in St Andrews is scheduled for September 2019.

In November Dr Brown was a plenary speaker in the University of the West Indies conference 'Itinerant Identities'. At the same conference she was a round table chair on the topic of 'Natural Disasters and Community Resilience in Latin American and the Caribbean', in association with Samuel Franco of ICOM-LAC. She was also a Panel Member on a round table discussion and workshop on the development of a new Museum Studies course for the Anglophone Caribbean. In addition, she spoke with Jamie Brown and a group of five young Scottish people from the Isle of Skye eco-museum, on the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS Youth Exchange. Project PhD student Kate Keohane also gave a successful presentation of her research into Edouard Glissant and the display of contemporary Caribbean art at 'Itinerant Identities'.

Dr Kate Cowcher received a Scottish Society for Art History Research Support Grant to begin research on the East African artworks held in the Argyll Collection, on the west coast of Scotland. She will travel to Lochgilphead with two undergraduate research assistants to photograph the works, consult archival documents and rework the current online captions in spring 2019.

On 18-19 December, Dr Cowcher participated in the UK Ethiopian Studies Conference at the University of Edinburgh where she presented a short paper entitled ‘Iconoclasm, Preservation and Resistant Art in the Ethiopian Revolution'.

Dr Cowcher’s review of Delinda Collier’s book Repainting the Walls of Lunda: Information Colonialism and Angolan Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) was published in African Studies Quarterly in November.

Prof. Kathryn M. Rudy delivered lectures at four conferences. On 14 November 2018, she addressed FARO (the Vlaams steunpunt voor cultureel erfgoed, or Flemish support point for cultural heritage) in Brussels, in conjunction with the European Year of Cultural Heritage, with the keynote lecture titled ‘Why the Matter of Medieval Manuscripts Matters to Cultural Heritage’.

At the symposium Rediscovered: new technologies on historical artifacts at the University of Leiden, 16 November 2018, Prof. Rudy gave one of the two keynotes. Her lecture was called ‘Four technologies to spy on the past’. A blog post summarises the ideas exchanged that day.

At the conference I, Mary of Guelders. The Duchess and her Extraordinary Prayer Book, organised by Radboud Universiteit, together with the Museum Het Valkhof and the Staatsbibliotheek in Berlin on 24 November 2018, Prof. Rudy gave the keynote titled ‘Signs of Wear and Added Texts in the Hours of Mary of Guelders’. The recorded lecture is available online.

On 11 December in London, at conference called Making Stuff Happen: Archives, Researchers and Medieval Materials, Prof. Rudy gave a talk about ‘Experimental photography and new technical approaches to medieval manuscripts’. The conference was organised by Philippa Hoskin, Elizabeth New, Fergus Oakes and Hollie Morgan of The Imprint Project Team.

On 14 December, a book presentation at the Museum Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen marked the opening of the exhibition It almost seemed a lily, with works by Berlinde De Bruyckere. The artist’s sculptures respond to the besloten hofjes (enclosed gardens) made at the end of the fifteenth century in Mechelen. They are the subject of a book, edited by Lieve Watteeuw (KU Leuven, Belgium), presented at the event. The book, which has been published in Dutch and English, includes an essay by Prof. Rudy titled ‘Relics in the Enclosed Gardens’.

On 19 December Prof. Rudy gave a public lecture titled ‘The Monasteries of Delft and their Manuscript Production’, in conjunction with her current role as Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. The talk took place at the University of Utrecht.

Dr Luke Gartlan has been awarded an Arts & Humanities Small Research Grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to conduct research in Tokyo next spring on the project ‘W.K Burton and the Photography Networks of Meiji Japan’. Dr Gartlan will be presenting preliminary research on this topic at a workshop he has co-organised with Dr Konrad Lawson titled ‘Transnational Lives: Scotland and Japan’ to take place at the University of St Andrews on December 18. This event is supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

On November 28, Dr Gartlan also gave a lecture at the University of Glasgow titled ‘Provincialising Japonisme: Visual Exchanges between Colonial Australia and Meiji Japan’.

Dr Sam Rose completed the final edits on his book, Art and Form: From Roger Fry to Global Modernism.The book will be published by Penn State University Press in April 2019.

On 29 November Dr Stephanie O’Rourke gave a lecture at UCL, titled ‘Staring into the Abyss of Time’.

Dr O’Rourke also recently published an article on electricity and the French Revolution in the November issue of Art History titled ‘Girodet’s Galvanized Bodies’.

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