Courtauld Institute of Art Year Three PhD Symposium

We are delighted to invite you to the Courtauld’s annual Postgraduate Symposium 2022/2023. Researchers in the final stages of their doctoral degrees will deliver papers emerging out of their research projects. In past years, the event has been a moment for faculty, students and the public to celebrate innovative research.

Spanning across two days, the symposium creates transnational and trans-geographic connections and reflects key concerns from across the discipline. Each panel, grouped through thematic and methodological concerns, engages with innovative approaches to art historical scholarship. The panels will explore affective and experiential approaches to historical study, reframe established narratives of imperial capital and power centres, and highlight personal, intellectual and digital networks across historical and geographical spaces.

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Thursday 18th May, 10:30am-17:00pm BST and Friday 19th May 2023, 13:30-17:30pm BST

Free, booking essential

Lecture Theatre 2, Vernon Square Campus

This is an in person event at our Vernon Square campus. Booking will close 30 minutes before the event begins.


Day 1: Thursday 18th May

Registration: 10:30

Welcome: 10:45

Dr. Guido Rebecchini, Reader in Sixteenth-Century Southern European Art and Head of Research Degree

Lily Evans-Hill and Giulia Morale

Panel 1 – 11:00-12:30 Experience, Engagement, Participation

Models for a feminist slide registry: West-East Bag and London
Lily Evans-Hill

Canons Moving, Moving Canons: Emotion, Rhetoric, and the Functional Context of the Amparo and Preciosa Portals in the Cloister of Pamplona’s Cathedral
Jamie Haskell

The Art Looks Back: Taryn Simon’s A Cold Hole, 2018-2019
Carla Kessler

Chair: Michelle Zhu

Lunch – 12:30-13:30 (Provided for speakers)

Panel 2 – 13:30-15:00 Environments

A concrete shroud and the (re)construction of Gibellina, Sicily (1968-1980s)
Giulia Morale

Rococo epistemology: Shell grottos and the aesthetics of deep time in Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon’s theory of the earth
Carole Nataf

Fragmented Histories: A Deccani Carpet in the Chehel Sotun
Margaret Squires

Chair: Nicole Gasparini Casari

Tea break – 15:00-15:30 – Research Forum Seminar Room

Panel 3 – 15:30-17:00 Centre/Periphery

The Patron is Present: Domenico della Rovere’s (1442-1501) Commissions in Rome and Turin
Matteo Chirumbolo

Folk Modernism: Ukrainian Embroideries as a Medium for Abstract Art
Katia Denysova

Endorsing the Spanish Empire: Polidoro da Caravaggio, Francesco Maurolico and Domenico Vanello’s collaboration in reshaping the urban fabric of Messina
Anna Chiara Giusa

Chair: Phoebe Day

Day 2: Friday 19th May

Panel 4 13:30-15:00 Questions for the Medium

From manuscript to tapestry: Unpicking the making and use of the Sens Three Coronation tapestry c.1476-88
Jessica Gasson

No More New Beginnings: Albert Pinkham Ryder and the Process of Updating
Choghakate Kazarian

Militainment, Public Secrecy, and Wolf Warrior Diplomacy: Revisiting Feng Mengbo’s Long March: Restart (2008)
Fred Shan

Chair: Hattie Spires

Tea break – 15:00-15:30 – Research Forum Seminar Room

Panel 5 -15:30-17:00 Networks

‘The Heroic Period’: Net.Art’s Self-Historicising Tactics (1994-1999)
Anya Smirnova

William H. Dorsey’s (1837-1923) Philadelphia Collection
Frances Varley

Per la gran furia di compratori’: Obtaining Flemish Tapestries in Sixteenth-century Italy, the case of the Van der Molen firm (1538-1544)
Julia Van Zandvoort

Chair: Wenjie Su

Closing Remarks – Dr. Lucy Bradnock, Reader in Modern and Contemporary Art and Vice-Dean for Research

Drinks Reception from 17:30 – Research Forum Seminar Room