probing the interior 1800-2012


Friday 25 May 2012
09.30 – 18.00 (with registration from 09.00)

This conference is to be held at The Courtauld Institute of Art in the morning and King's College London in the afternoon

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Bodily, psychic and spatial interiors can be mapped, traversed and violated in multiple ways. This one-day conference will interrogate and re-evaluate the contested terrain of the interior in its varied forms. It will examine the interlacing and overlapping of different types of interiors, and seek to re-position the ‘interior’ in critical terms. Moreover, it will attempt to develop new ways of thinking about the relationship between the decorative arts, furniture, bio-technologies, anatomy and space. The conference will take place in The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and conclude with panel, performance, and keynote address in the Anatomy Theatre at King’s College London.

Speaker(s): Parveen Adams (Fellow of the London Consortium); Ellery Foutch (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Ignacio Gonzalez Galan (Princeton University); Mary Hunter (McGill University); Dominic Johnson (Queen Mary, University of London); Cadence Kinsey (University College London); Madeleine Newman (Hull School of Art and Design / Leeds College of Art); Kira O'Reilly (Queen Mary, University of London); Marcia Pointon (University of Manchester); Ruth Richardson (independent scholar); Natasha Ruiz-Gómez (University of Essex); Susan Sidlauskas (Rutgers); Rebecca Stevenson (artist); Clare Willsdon (University of Glasgow)

Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld and King's College London staff 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 ‘Probing the Interior’ conference. For further information, email

Organised by: Lucetta Johnson (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Keren Hammerschlag (King’s College London)

This event is supported by The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and the Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London

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