15th annual medieval postgraduate student colloquium

Past Histories & Afterlives of Medieval Art and Architecture

Saturday, 6 February 2010
09.55 - 17.40, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre (with registration from 09.30)

Guilt copper tryptich with enamel and cabochons
The Stavelot Triptych, second half of the twelfth century (Photo: © Pierpont Morgan Library, New York)

Speaker(s): Connie Bailey (University of Leicester), Jessica Berenbeim (Harvard/The Courtauld Institute of Art), Melanie Hanan (Institute of Fine Arts, New York), Jim Harris (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Nicola Jennings (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Nikolaos Karydis (University of Bath), John Landsdowne (Kellogg College, Oxford), Sean Leatherbury (Corpus Christi College, Oxford), Geoffrey Nuttall (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Roberto Pesenti (The Courtauld Institute of Art), James Plumtree (Central European University, Budapest)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Medieval postgraduate students Jack Hartnell, Lesley Milner and Laura Venesky

Within the field of art history, the Middle Ages can be perceived as static and unchanging. However, recent scholarship, fuelled by evolving forms of interdisciplinary research, has unmoored the medieval object. Focus has shifted from initial sites of production and intended function to wider questions of the physical life cycles of objects, and their developing use over time. This colloquium aims to explore medieval art and architecture with attention to notions of temporality and to the changing lives, afterlives, and histories of objects and buildings.What can shifting forms, functions, and audiences tell us about an object's status? In what ways is temporality traceable through the material record? How do objects reveal or obscure a culture's consciousness of its past history and future histories? How is time measured, articulated, or encapsulated visually?

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