Worlding Art History: Negotiating the Global and the Local

The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Modern and Contemporary Postgraduate Colloquium invites speakers to navigate the local and the global through their diverse areas of research, not only in art, but in broader cultural fields. The historical period that this event will cover is from the 19th century to the present day.

The scope of the colloquium is truly global; papers range geographically—spanning the entirety of the world, from the depths of Asia to the heart of South America. Papers will be presented on topics ranging from the manner in which isolated artists sought to communicate with the international art world, to how artists use globalised materials to recreate bridges with their locales, amongst a vast array of other subjects.

Whether living, working or studying in a megalopolis or in small towns forgotten by globalisation, negotiating a space between the global and the local is an everyday occurrence in today’s societies.

In an age of hyphenated identities and a biennialised art scene, the challenges to preserve one’s identity, recreate it, or adapt it to the ever-moving globalised state, is a pertinent topic and one this colloquium seeks to explore.

The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Modern and Contemporary Postgraduate Colloquium offers the opportunity for research students at all levels from universities across the world to present and promote their research.

Organised by Jasmine Chohan (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Sophie Guo (The Courtauld Institute of Art) with the generous support of The Sackler Research Forum.


09.30 – 10.00  Registration

10.00 – 10.10  Welcome

10.10 – 11.30  Session 1: Centre and Periphery
Chaired by Emily Christensen (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ambra D’Antone (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Yüksel Arslan: Global Art from the Periphery

Amina Diab (University of York)
Egyptian Modernism and the Representations of the Female Body

Dora Souza Dias (University of Brighton)
Negotiating a Place in Global Debates from the ‘Periphery’: ‘European Influences’ or ‘Strategic Hybridism’


11.30 – 12.00
TEA / COFFEE BREAK (Seminar Rooms 1 and 2)

12.00 – 13.20  Session 2: Institutional Systems
Chaired by Alina Khakoo (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Rui Brochado de Morais e Castro (University of Pennsylvania)
(Re)institutionalizing Cultural Imaginaries: The “New Venice Biennale”

Jasmine Chohan (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
The Bienal de la Habana: From Internationalist to Globalised

Kate Keohane (University of St Andrews)
Édouard Glissant and the Tout-Monde: Global Relation in Contemporary Art and Exhibition Practice


13.20 – 14.30  LUNCH (provided for speakers only in Seminar Room 1)

14.30 – Session 4: New Media and Technologies
Chaired by Erica Payet (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ying Sze Pek (Princeton University)
Global by Image: The Work of Hito Steyerl

Charlotte Matter (University of Zurich)
Plastics in Argentina: Local Manifestations of a Global Material

Third speaker to be confirmed.


15.50 – 16.20  TEA / COFFEE BREAK (Seminar Rooms 1 and 2)

16.20 – 18.00  Session 4: Temporality
Chaired by Leah Gouget-Levy (Courtauld Institute of Art)

Denis Stolyarov (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Reflecting the Illusion: Post-Soviet Gallery as a Contested Space

Amin Alsaden (Harvard University)
Globalism as Agenda: Imagining the World in Post-WWII Baghdad

Christin Yu (Royal College of Art)
Heterochronic Objects: Enabling Multiplicity as a Critical Method


Closing remarks: Jasmine Chohan (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

18.00  RECEPTION (Front Hall)

10:00am, 17 Mar 2018

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