Chasing America: The CHASE Doctoral School in American Art and Text

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This third event organised by the CHASE Doctoral School in American Art and Visual Culture is intended to bring together faculty and doctoral students from the consortium to present and debate work in progress. The purpose of this event is to showcase the range and detail of interest in American visual culture across CHASE, especially in the light of its many intersections with other disciplines such as literature and history, as well as to enable doctoral students at CHASE institutions to encounter significant work from elsewhere in the consortium and from beyond it.

The day will include keynote lectures from three leading Americanists, Lucy Bradnock (Nottingham), Jo Pawlik (Sussex), and James Boaden (York), but the main focus will be on work by CHASE doctoral students through a series of 20-minute papers and responses.


10:00 – Registration

10:15 – Welcome (David Peters Corbett, Courtauld/ Doug Haynes, Sussex/ Jo Pawlik, Sussex)

10:30 – Joanna Pawlik (Sussex) “Erotohistoriographies of the Avant-Garde”

11:45 – Dominic Jaeckle (Goldsmiths), “Real Estate: Place & Possession, Private & Public, in the Thoreauvian Photograph” (Film)

12:05 – Victoria Mant (Essex) “Herman Melville: The Art of Concealment”

12:25 – Madeleine Harrison (Courtauld), “’The People who are Trivial Outside’: Isabel Bishop, Homosocial Fantasy and Class Spectatorship, 1930-1940”

13:00 – Lunch for all participants

13:45 – Lucy Bradnock (Nottingham) “Whatever Happened to the Frontier? The Midwest in American Art History”

15:00 – Kim Lockwood (UEA), “An American Energy: Reading Man Ray’s Electricité”

15:20 – Katherine Da Cunha Lewin (Sussex) “Sediment and Rock: Making Don DeLillo from Robert Smithson”

15:40 –Teresa Hagan (UEA), “Black American Filmmaking and Protest in the Obama Age”

16:15 – Break: tea & coffee

16:45 – James Boaden (York) “LIVES: Artists Who Deal with Peoples’ Lives (Including Their Own) As the Subject and/or Medium of Their Work”

18:00 – Closing remarks (the organisers) and wine reception (everyone)



This event has passed.

9 Dec 2017

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London