Annual Postgraduate Symposium

Wall painting depicting an apsara, a Hindu and Buddhist flying spirit with multiple arms, surrounded by depictions of gods and mythical creatures i "Apsara", late twelfth/early thirteenth century wall painting in the assembly hall of the temple at Sumda Chun village, Ladakh, India. Credit: Sreekumar Menon.

The Research Forum invites you to the Post-Graduate Symposium of 2020-21, a two-day student led online conference showcasing the diverse and innovative research of Courtauld students in the final stages of their doctoral degrees. Each year, this event proves a highlight of The Courtauld’s academic year — a coming together of faculty, students, and the general public to celebrate our rising academics and their research. This year, the papers explore a diverse selection of subject-matter, materials, and technologies; and deploy a wide range of methodologies which are attentive to questions of authorship, identity, materiality, reception, and interpretation. The papers are grouped into transhistorical and transregional themed panels, which seek to enrich discussion by encouraging connections and observations that move beyond traditional intradisciplinary boundaries. It is our pleasure this year to have, for the first time, two invited keynote speakers each from the fields of Art History and Conservation. Their respective contributions, reflective of the current research and teaching undertaken at The Courtauld, will stimulate further conversations and discussion amongst the Courtauld’s wider scholarly community.

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21 Jun - 22 Jun 2021

Monday 21st June: 9.30am - 3.00pm Tuesday 22nd June: 9.30am - 3.00pm

Free, booking essential


Registration closes 30 minutes before the event start time. If you do not receive log in details on the day of the event, please contact 




Day One – Monday 21st June – 9.30am – 3.00pm

9:30 – Welcome and introductory remarks

9:40 – Panel 1: Urban Interventions, chair: Bethany Widick

Introduction to panel.

Harry Adams, Visions of a future London: George Dance the Younger’s proposals for the Port of London (1796-1802)

Sung Ji-Park, Running a Graphic War: The CID/CIB’s Hōdō shashin for Propaganda

Chelsea Pierce, Gorgona in Three Acts: Performing a Position on Anti-Painting

Ana Rodriguez, Impressions of Modern Life in the Unincorporated Territory: Puerto Rican graphic arts, 1950-1960


11:35 – Break

11:55 – Panel 2: New Approaches, New Perspectives, chair: Amarilli Rava

Introduction to panel

Sree Menon, Technique of Early Wall Paintings from the 11th to 13th Centuries in Ladakh

Louis Shadwick, Myth and Mimicry: The Origins of Edward Hopper’s Early Oil Paintings

Saskia Rubin, Diana Glows as Apollo Shines Upon Her: The Art of Humble-Bragging in Cardinal Richelieu’s Circle

Silvia Amato, The Contribution of Spectral Imaging Techniques to the Study of Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe from the Courtauld Gallery


13:50 – Break

14:00 – Keynote: Annette King, Modern and Contemporary Paintings Conservator at the Tate Modern
Seeing the Unseen: some examples of how technical examination has added to the understanding of paintings in the Tate Collection

15:00 End of Day One

Day Two – Tuesday 22nd June, 9.30am – 3.00pm

9:30 – Panel 3: Self, Surface, Identity, chair: Matteo Chirumbolo

Introduction to panel.

Nadya Wang, Dress Your Age: The Singapore Woman and Fashion Industry in Her World in the 1980s

Laura Jenkins, Magnificent Women: French Furniture and the Representation of American Luxury

Leo Stefani, Between Presentation and Representation – Furnishing Louis XV’s education at the Palais des Tuileries

Tilly Scantelbury, Everyone and Everything in Relation: Harry Dodge’s Sculptural and Textual Practice


11:25 – Break

11:45 – Panel 4: Representation, Symbols, and Cultural Memory, chair: Bella Radenović

Introduction to panel.

Laura Melin, ‘Be Right of Eritage he Scholde it have’: Genealogical Diagrams of Henry VI and Edward IV

Lydia Ohl, Two Responses to Cultural Catastrophe: Cai Guo-Qiang’s Iconography as a Globalizing Language of Trauma

Laura Franchetti, ‘Suggesting the Sun Itself’: Thermodynamics, The Heat Death of the Sun, and Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June (1895)

Susannah Kingwill, ‘la donna ma dame a mondit seigneur au jour de l’an’: Philip the Bold’s Gold Cross in Esztergom Cathedral Treasury


13:40 – Break

13:50 – Keynote: Dr Isobel Elstob, Assistant Professor in Art History at University of Nottingham
Visualizing the Past in Art: Us, Them, Now, Then

14:50 – Closing remarks

15:00 – End of Day Two