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Conference and events archive

Past conferences

11-12 September 2010, The University of Nottingham

Gender and the Pre-Modern City

Engagement with the space of the pre-modern city has found particular expression in scholarship concerned with the construction of gender. This issue seeks to expand these discussions by focusing on the ways in which gender is negotiated in urban spaces anywhere in the world that predate or were unaffected by ‘modernity’ via the processes of eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Western industrialisation and globalisation. More information...


26-27 March 2010, National Gallery, London

Correspondances: exchanges and tensions between art, theatre and opera in France, c.1750-1850

This conference will explore a rich field of interdisciplinary research, that of the relations between art, theatre and opera in France from the later 18C to the mid 19C. As key elements in Parisian cultural life, art, theatre and opera all underwent extensive changes during this period, adapting and responding to profound socio-political disruption and transformation from the Revolution to the Second Republic. Painting, theatre and opera all shared concerns with the representation of compelling narrative, and more specifically with choices regarding contemporary or historic subjects. One aspect of this dynamic situation was the highly permeable interface/threshold that existed between different media. More information...


Past events

The Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture is a focus for conferences and seminars that bring together staff and students from across the University, creating an active research culture with national and international connections.

Past event include:







  • Workshop 'Rivers of Meaning' (December 2007), Nottingham.
  • Conference 'Undercover Surrealism' (23-24 June 2006), Hayward Gallery in London.
  • Conference on 'Cinematic Rome' (September 2005), Nottingham.
  • Seminar 'Photography Between Two' (May 2005).
  • Conference on 'Herbert Read' (25-26 June 2004), Tate Britain, London in collaboration with NIRVC.
  • Special themed seminars on Gay, Lesbian and Queer studies, and the first of a series of one-day symposia, on Victorian Sculpture (2003).
  • Second NIRVC Annual Conference, 'Image and Critique: Image - Thought - Text' (September 2003), a collaboration between NIRVC and Nottingham's postgraduate Centre for Critical Theory and Cultural Studies.
  • NIRVC is a regular sponsor of international conferences, 'Art and the Crisis of Multiculturalism' (September 2002) and 'Rubens and Italian Art' (November 2002).
  • Since 2001, NIRVC has hosted a number of visiting professorships, e.g. Nicholas Mirzoeff, Richard Dyer, and John Tercier.


Centre for Research in Visual Culture

University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2RD