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: Professor James Carley (Oxford/Kent) and Dr Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld). Other speakers are Naomi Billingsley (Manchester), Dr Michael Carter (The Courtauld), Dr Madeline Clements (East London), Lloyd De Beer (British Museum), Anna Kim (Virginia), Agnes Tothne Kriza (Cambridge), David Low (The Courtauld), Ariana Maki (Colorado University Museum), Dr Maria Aurora Molina-Fajardo (independent scholar), Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld), Eva Papoulia (The Courtauld), Emily Pegues (The Courtauld), Jayne Wackett (Kent) and Lieke Wijnia (Tilburg).

Ticket/entry details: to be advised

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.

A full programme will be available in September.

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