revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory


11.30 - 18.40, Friday 23 November (with registration from 11.00)
09.15 - 18.45, Saturday 24 November (with registration from 08.45)
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

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Bauhaus fabric Sarah Campbell and Susan Collier, ‘Bauhaus’ furnishing fabric, 1972 (V&A)Keynote speakers: Dr Glenn Adamson (V&A), Professor Deborah Cherry (University of Amsterdam), Professor John Harvey (Aberystwyth University)

Speakers: Florence Alibert (Curator, Clermont-Ferrand, France), Fiona Allen (Leeds University), Talinn Grigor (Brandeis University), Pat Hardy (Museum of London), Alison Hokanson (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Martin Horacek (Brno University of Technology), Karen Koehler (Hampshire College), Phil Jacks (George Washington University), Michelle Jackson (Parsons The New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt), Matt Lodder (University of Reading), Rosalind McKever (Kingston University/Estorick Collection), Jonathan Mekinda (University of Illinois at Chicago), Jeremy Melius (Johns Hopkins University), Jody Patterson (Plymouth University), Mariana Pestana (Bartlett School of Architecture), Alan Powers (Greenwich University), Niccola Shearman (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Wendy Smith (University of Manchester), Ana Sofia Pereira da Silva (ETSA-UPM, Madrid; CEAU-FAUP, University of Oporto), Tom Stammers (Cambridge University), Nathaniel Walker (Brown University), Alyson Wharton (SOAS, University of London / Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey)

Ticket/entry details: £26 (£16 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions)

BOOK ONLINE:   Or send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating the event title ‘Revival’ conference. For further information, email

Organised by: Dr Ayla Lepine

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Revivalism in art and architecture is a fundamental though often overlooked aspect of modernity. From the nineteenth century to the present, styles, ideologies, techniques and approaches have been revived and re-framed. Revival: Utopia, Identity, Memory seeks to investigate the diverse dimensions of revivalism, exploring its meanings and impacts across cultures, periods and media. The extent to which revivalism has been harnessed to promote idealist visions, assert aspects of personal or corporate identity, and grant fresh purchase on memorialization and nostalgia are all productive trajectories for investigation.

The phenomenon’s implications for art and architectural history in relation to tradition, repetition, originality, transnationalism, patronage, religion, colonialism, historicism, reproduction, authenticity, resistance and power will be investigated. This conference will generate new understandings regarding selective reiterations or reworkings of the past to create new art, architecture and design. Its themes allow us to question common threads that may be traced between apparently disparate projects, such as resurgences of techniques or materials, medievialism, utopian futurism, empire and style, and the persistence of ‘neo’ in the midst of an ever-urgent quest for originality. Showcasing research from emerging and established scholars, the event encourages an academic process that uncovers convergences and supports broadening views to consider how histories are reinvented and to chart the notion of revivalism itself.

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