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April-July 2016

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Dr Luke Gartlan was an invited speaker at two recent conferences. On April 29, he presented ‘Beyond the Photobook: Orientalism, Bibliophilia, and the Reproductive Object’ at Objects of Orientalism, held at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. On May 11, he delivered the paper ‘Negating Desire: Circumscriptions of Yokohama Photography’, at the conference Around the World in Eight Papers: Itineraries for a History of Photography Beyond the Western Canon at the Weston Library, University of Oxford. And finally, on June 9, he delivered another invited paper entitled ‘Beyond “White Australia”: The Singleton Family Photo Albums and Early Australian-Japanese Relations’ at the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, Birkbeck, University of London.

Dr Kathryn Rudy gave two keynote lectures: at the Re//Generate Postgraduate Conference, University of St Andrews in May, she spoke about ‘Recycling Manuscripts’. Then in June at the conference Paragons and Paper Bags: Early Modern Prints from the Consumer’s Perspective at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, she gave a talk titled ‘Cut, Pasted, and Cut Again: The Original Function and Later Collection of Early Prints in Western Europe’. By invitation, she also participated in the conference ‘Power and the Paratext in Medieval Manuscript Culture’, held at the Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans, 6-9 June 2016, where she gave a paper titled ‘Blood, dirt, spit, and candlewax as paratext’. Finally, to support open-access publication of her forthcoming book, Piety in Pieces, she received a grant for £3500 from the St Andrews Open Access fund.

Dr Stephanie O’Rourke presented a paper entitled ‘Tissot’s Self-Consciousness’ at the conference Embarrassing Bodies held at Birkbeck, University of London in June. 

Dr Catherine Spencer contributed to a conversation piece, published in the May 2016 issue of On Curating, entitled ‘Taking Care: Feminist Curatorial Pasts, Presents and Futures.’ You can download a copy here or view it online here. Catherine also interviewed the performance artist Pilvi Takala for the June 2016 issue of Art Monthly (no. 397). 

In May Dr Jeremy Howard gave three lectures:

-‘A is for AZBUKA, B is for BUKVAR: Reading Russian Illustrated Primers (1694-2007)’, a plenary lecture at A Culture of Discontinuity? Russian cultural debates in historical perspective, International Conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

- ‘Artistic Licence and Ordered Freedom: “To School”… by Artists (not least Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky)’ at the Riga Bourse Art Museum on 13 May.

- ‘The World of Erich von Campenhausen: An Artist to open the new Art Museum in Riga, 1905’ at the Latvian National Art Museum, Riga.

During May 2016 Jeremy conducted research in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, with a particular focus on the relationships between art and education. This included visits to Daugavpils (Rothko Centre, Fortress and Museum); Riga, Tartu and Vilnius Universities; Vilnius Academy of Arts; Lithuanian National Gallery of Art; Jurmala Alternative School.

Dr Julian Luxford has published three articles:

-‘The Arbuthnott Manuscripts: The Patronage and Production of Illuminated Books in Late Medieval Scotland’, in Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in the Dioceses of Aberdeen and Moray, ed. J. Geddes, The British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions 40 (London, 2016), 183-211

- ‘Drawing Ethnicity and Authority in the Plantagenet Exchequer’, in The Plantagenet Empire, ed. P. Crooks, D. Green and W. M. Ormrod, Harlaxton Medieval Studies 26 (Donington, 2016), 72-88

-‘The Double Cadaver Tomb at Denston, Suffolk: a Unique Object of European Significance’, The Ricardian, 26 (2016), 99-112.

Dr Elsje van Kessel gave a paper at the conference ‘Rethinking Pictures: A Transatlantic Dialogue’ on 19 and 20 May at the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris. The title of her paper was 'The Forrest and the Trees: Locating Images in Early Modern “Abundant Exhibitions”’. 

Furthermore, she was awarded, by the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, a research scholarship in support of her project 'Art in the Streets of Early Modern Lisbon', on which she will be working this autumn at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar.

Ann Gunn organised the second RSE-funded research workshop for Printmaking in Scotland in the 18th Century which took place in Edinburgh at the National Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on 16th June.