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Three people performing around sculptural objects that look like a symbol of the eye

Candida Powell-Williams, Lessness, still quorum (Judgement), performance documentation, performed by Sara Barbagli, Chiara Favaretti, Alice Tatge, and Harriet Waghorn at Serpentine Galleries, London, September 2018, photo by Rob Harris, courtesy of the artist

The Gender and Sexuality Research Group at the Courtauld Institute of Art brings together scholars across time periods, to investigate the ways in which gender and sexuality has shaped or been shaped by the collective imagination and influenced visual culture. Drawing on the interests of staff and students at The Courtauld, the group aims to reflect the existing interest in questions of gender and sexuality which spans disciplines as well as geographical and period focus and builds on this by organising a series of events that will develop dialogue throughout the Institute through both internal discussion groups and a programme of events open to all. Internal and informal events will include termly meetings, trips to exhibitions and archives, and work-in-progress seminars, these will be open to Courtauld staff and postgraduate students. In addition, there will be an events programme open to the public which will include three seminars over the 2019-2020 period.

a detail from an illuminated manuscript of a man and woman in a pile of dirt that is on fire.

Unknown artist, A Naked Man and Woman, detail, c.1270, Tempera colours, gold leaf, and ink on parchment, Ms. Ludwig XV 3, fol. 69v, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

These will invite two speakers from different historical periods to each consider a given theme: sexual violence, the supernatural, and bodily fluids. Our programme will also include a themed day-long workshop in Spring 2020, the call for papers will be announced in due course. With this mix of public and internal events and workshops, the group aims to promote feminist and queer approaches to art history at The Courtauld and beyond, offering a space to share new research and exchange ideas about key methodological and historical questions for scholars working on gender and sexuality in visual culture.

Convenors: Dr Rachel Warriner, Dr Jessica Barker, Dr Edwin Coomasaru

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