We are delighted to announce the details of the 11 History of Art Research Seminars scheduled for the second semester of 2016 - 2017.

This semester, we welcome guests from the Universities of Aberdeen, Utrecht, Glasgow, Sussex and Essex, the Warburg Institute (University of London) and Johns Hopkins University, USA. We also hear from four of our colleagues in Edinburgh.

Seminars take place on Thursdays at 5.15pm in the Hunter Building Lecture Theatre on Lauriston Place, with drinks afterwards in the John Higgitt Gallery.

Everyone is welcome; please contact Dr Claudia Hopkins, the series organiser, if you have any questions.




19th January 2017

Dr Amy Bryzgel (University of Aberdeen)

Performance Art in Eastern Europe since 1960

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26th January 2017

Dr Chia-ling Yang (University of Edinburgh)

Antiquity Revisited: New Modes for Scholarly Art in 19th-Century China  

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2nd February 2017

Dr Luca Palozzi (University of Edinburgh)

Drawing before the Disegno: Reflections on Trecento Art Theory and Practice

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9th February 2017

Carla van de Puttelaar (Utrecht University)

The Scougall Family, Portrait Painters in a Legal Community.

Scottish Portraiture 1650-1714

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16th February 2017

Dr Carol Richardson (University of Edinburgh)

Art and Gynaecology at St Peter's in Rome

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2nd March 2017

Professor Simon Kirby (University of Edinburgh)

From Cultural Evolution to Cybraphon: how a cognitive scientist ended up making device art

*Unfortunately, this event has been CANCELLED*


9th March 2017

Professor David Hopkins (University of Glasgow)

Oz magazine and Surrealism's legacy: children, obscenity and the politics of counter culture

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16th March 2017

Professor Geoffrey Quilley (University of Sussex)

British art, empire and the Opium War; the view from Dent's veranda

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23rd March 2017

Dr Anna McSweeney (Warburg Institute, SOAS, University of London)

Object Biographies: a carved and painted ceiling from the Alhambra Palace

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30th March 2017

Professor Herbert Kessler (Johns Hopkins University)

'Whoever Wishes to Know God, Look at the Glass'; Medieval Windows as Scripture

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6th April 2017

Dr Matt Lodder (University of Essex)

Cynicism and Contemporary Art: The Curious Case of Dan Wolgers

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Last semester, we welcomed guests from Royal Holloway, the Universities of Glasgow, Minnesota, Leicester and Middlesex, and the National Galleries of Scotland. We also heard from two of our colleagues in Edinburgh.


29th September 2016

Dr Ruth Hemus (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Dada’s Women: Reflections in the Centenary Year

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6th October 2016

Dr Genevieve Warwick (University of Edinburgh)


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13th October 2016

Dr Michael Bachmann (University of Glasgow)

Distributed Aesthetics, Contemporary Criticism and the Public Sphere

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20th October 2016

Michael Clarke (National Gallery of Scotland)

The Reluctant Matriarch: Madame Mére, the Painter Gérard and Dynastic Portraiture under Napoleon

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27th October 2016

Professor Catherine Asher (University of Minnesota)

The Taj Mahal: Mughal Architecture, Ideology and the Construction of Kingship

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10th November 2016

Professor Phillip Lindley (University of Leicester)            

The Union Duke’s Marbles

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17th November 2016

Professor Hilary Robinson (Middlesex University)

Griselda Pollock and the making of UK feminist art history and criticism in the 1970s

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24th November 2016

Dr Helen Langdon (writer, scholar, and curator)

Watson Gordon Lecture: Caravaggio, the Caravaggisti and Cupid

Please note that this lecture takes place at the Scottish National Gallery

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1st December 2016

Dr Richard McClary (University of Edinburgh)

Mina'i: Gilded Polychrome Ceramics of Kashan and the Birth of Persian Painting

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Last year, we welcomed guests from the Universities of Amsterdam, Durham, Nottingham, East Anglia, York and Hamburg, from the Courtald Institute of Art, Goldsmiths and SOAS at the University of London, from Pomona College, and from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, National Museums Scotland and Musée Cernuschi. We also heard from five of our colleagues in Edinburgh.

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