Department of History of Art

Research Seminars in the Department of History of Art

Seminar programme hosted by Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture (NIRVC)

Seminars take place on selected Wednesdays at 3-5pm, unless stated otherwise. All are welcome to join us!

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Zanzibar Arab work, chair made of wood
Zanzibar Arab work, chair made of wood, bone and twine © Trustees of the British Museum

Autumn semester 2017 

Wednesday 11 October 2017

A21, Humanities Building

Sarah Longair (University of Lincoln)

Objects of Empire: Interrogating the material worlds of British colonialism

Wednesday 25 October 2017

A21, Humanities Building

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Ed Krcma (University of East Anglia) 

Fortuna: Drawing, Contingency and Constraint in a Digital Age

Wednesday 15 November 2017

A21, Humanities Building

Ting Chang (University of Nottingham)

Seeing and Playing with Empire in the Long Nineteenth Century:
European Peepshows and Boardgames

Wednesday 29 November 2017

A21, Humanities Building

Kerry Bristol (University of Leeds)

Nostell Priory, Yorkshire and its archives

Spring semester 2018 

Wednesday 31 January 2018

A09, Highfield House

Marsha Meskimmon (Loughborough University)

Finding Feminism (again): On the Occluded Connections between
Transnational Feminisms and Contemporary Art 

Wednesday 14 February 2018

A09, Highfield House


Katharina Lorenz (University of Nottingham) 

Individual and Group: the Construction of Identities in Early Imperial 
Roman Portraiture

Wednesday 28 February 2018

A09, Highfield House

Richard Wrigley (University of Nottingham)

Representing Rome as capital: Henry James, fiction, and photography

Wednesday 14 March 2018

A09, Highfield House

Alice Insley (University of Nottingham)

A juster appreciation: William Bemrose and Wright of Derby's rising reputation

Previous series

Spring 2017

Wednesday 1 February 2017

A21, Humanities

Mark Rawlinson (University of Nottingham)

What was Photography? An Ongoing Investigation

Wednesday 15 February 2017

A21, Humanities

Margaret Iversen (University of Essex) 

Profane Illuminations

Wednesday 8 March 2017

A21, Humanities

Jenifer Chao (Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University)

Marketing Nationhood: Visual and Cultural Politics of Reinventing Brand China

Wednesday 22 March 2017

A21, Humanities

Fiona Anderson (Newcastle University)

The whole world and the cemetery: Peter Hujar’s queer landscapes

Autumn 2016

Wednesday 12 October

A21, Humanities

Fintan Cullen (University of Nottingham)

Representing the Irish migrant: humour or pathos?

Wednesday 16 November

A21, Humanities

Katherine Doniak (University of Nottingham) 

I am making art: conceptual art as child's play

Wednesday 23 November

A21, Humanities

Isobel Whitelegg (University of Leicester)

A Time Before Now: from Bienal de São Paulo archives to a history of collective practice

Wednesday 7 December

A11, Highfield House

Sam Thorne (Nottingham Contemporary)

New Schools: self-organised and artist-run education

Spring 2016

Weds 16 Mar

Helen Shaw (University of York)

Matters of the Avant-Garde: reconsidering West Coast and European ceramics from the late 1950s and 60s

Weds 27 Apr

Claire Jones (University of Birmingham)

‘A Perverted Taste’: Italian depictions of cloth and puberty in mid-19th-century marble

Weds 11 May

Emily Burns (University of Nottingham)

‘to be busy in building my nest’: Patronage in a Time of Civil War – Sir Justinian Isham in the 1650s

Date tbc

Simon Baker (Tate)

Performing for the Camera (Tate Modern: Exhibition 18 February–12 June 2016)

Autumn 2015

30 Sept

Isobel Elstob (University of Nottingham)
The Historical Impulse: representations of history in recent visual art

28 Oct

Giulia Smith (University College London)
Alison Smithson’s Future Domesticities

18 Nov 

Alex Kidson (Senior Research Fellow, Paul Mellon Centre for British Art)
Getting the Measure of George Romney: reflections on writing a catalogue raisonné

14 Dec

A day of postgraduate papers, in collaboration with the Universities of Birmingham and Leicester, held at the University of Leicester


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