Religion, Art and Conflict: Disputes, destruction and creation



Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December 2014

Timings to be advised, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Angel with flowing robes playing a horn
English 15th-century stained glass image of an angel with evidence of iconoclast damage.  Private collection, London

Speaker(s): Keynote speakers: James Carley (York University, Toronto / University of Kent) and Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld Institute of Art).
Other speakers: Naomi Billingsley (University of Manchester), Michael Carter (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Lloyd De Beer (British Museum / University of East Anglia), Anna Marazuela Kim (University of Virginia), Ágnes Kriza (University of Cambridge), David Low (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Ariana Maki (University of Colorado Boulder), Anna Messner (University of Munich), María Aurora Molina Fajardo (University of Granada), Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Eva Papoulia (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Emily Pegues (The Courtauld Institute of Art / National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.), Jayne Wackett (University of Kent), Lieke Wijnia (Tilburg University)

Ticket/entry details: £26 (£16 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions)
BOOK ONLINE  or send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Administrative Officer, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating ‘Religion, Art and Conflict’. In case of queries, email  or call 020 7848 2909.

Organised by: Dr Michael Carter

Throughout history religion and belief have been the catalyst for the creation of great buildings and works of art. However, religious art has frequently been disputed, despised and destroyed. Members are sought for a research group that will examine the role of reform, ideology and conflict in the destruction and preservation of religious art and architecture. The group will also investigate how theological disputes and religious conflicts have been the impetus for new intellectual and creative approaches to the visual and material arts.

The papers presented at the conference will cover 600 years of art history, from fifteenth-century Florence to depictions of Islam after 9/11, and a breadth of topics from medieval monasticism to William Blake’s theology of art, from Bhutanese seventeenth century art to the Vatican’s relationship with contemporary art, and much more.

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