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The Future of Art History in Wales: A free roundtable discussion

THE FUTURE OF ART HISTORY IN WALES
A free roundtable discussion
 
The Drwm, National Library of Wales
12 September 2017, 5-6.30pm
 
Followed by a wine reception at Aberystwyth School of Art

Cliciwch yma am raglen Cymraeg.

In 2016, the successful campaign to stop A-level Art History being dropped demonstrated the enthusiasm for art history among students, artists and educators across the UK. Yet the future of art history in all its forms – whether in schools, universities, libraries, galleries, arts centres or community groups – remains uncertain.

If, as the artist Jeremy Deller has argued, ‘Art history is the study of power, politics, identity and humanity’, the study and appreciation of art is more vital than ever in the tumultuous 21st century. In Wales, art history is inextricably linked with the political: the lack of critical attention has led to Welsh artists being marginalised or excluded from the canon altogether. How can art history in Wales work to recover movements, groups, individuals or works that have been lost? How can it consider, contextualise and celebrate Wales’s rich and diverse art history, bringing it to new audiences? What are the shared experiences with other humanities subjects (such as literary studies), and what can these disciplines learn from each other?

Join us for a free roundtable discussion with leading artists, curators and historians to discuss the future of Welsh art history/art history in Wales. Continue reading “The Future of Art History in Wales: A free roundtable discussion”

Final Programme and Abstract Booklet

We’re delighted to share the final programme and abstract booklet for the second MONC conference, Word and Image, to be held in Aberystwyth on 12-13 September.

PROGRAMME: Cliciwch yma am raglen Cymraeg. Click here to download a copy in English.

MONC Abstract booklet (bilingual)

Many thanks to Nathan Munday (Cardiff University) for providing the Welsh translation.

The conference hashtag is #monc2017 and the roundtable hashtag is #futurearthistory. Follow us on twitter for the latest updates and to take part.

Registration for the conference is now closed but free tickets for our roundtable discussion are still available here.

The conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art.

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Registration Open: Word and Image (MONC 2017)

We’re delighted to announce that registration is now open for Word and Image: The Second Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) conference, to be held at the National Library of Wales/Aberystwyth School of Art on 12-13 September 2017.

Those interested can register via our Eventbrite page. So that we can confirm numbers with catering, registration will close on Friday 1 September 2017.

If you wish to attend after registration has closed, please get in touch with us at modernistnetworkcymru[at]gmail.com and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art, for helping to make the conference and roundtable possible.

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THE URSULA MASSON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2017

The Centre for Gender Studies in Wales
invites you to:

THE URSULA MASSON MEMORIAL LECTURE 2017

Dr. Sian Rhiannon Williams
‘“Delicate” and “troublous” questions: women teachers, gender issues and local education politics in south Wales, 1908-1928’

Wednesday 8 March (for International Women’s Day) at 6.00-9.00pm,

Ty Crawshay, Treforest Campus, University of South Wales

The lecture will take place in the Moot Court, TC13, at 6pm to be followed by a wine reception and buffet in TC30 (the Zobole Room) and the university museum’s art gallery space, Oriel y Bont, from 7.15pm.

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CFP: Ian Hamilton Finlay: Little Fields, Long Horizons

University of Edinburgh 13-14 July 2017,

with an associated event at Little Sparta, 15 July

This two-day symposium will explore new critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the Scottish poet, artist and avant-gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006). As Finlay’s reputation worldwide continues to grow a decade after his death, we wish to ask searching questions about the boundaries of his practice, its philosophical, political and cultural dimensions, and its legacies and affinities across a range of media, disciplines and geographical boundaries. A number of attendees will also have the chance to visit Finlay’s poet’s garden at Little Sparta in the Pentland Hills for an event in its new workshop space.

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CFP: Women and the Labour Movement in Britain from 1880 to 1950

West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network, held in conjunction with Llafur (The Welsh People’s History Society)

24th Annual Conference

Saturday 1st July 2017
10.am to 5.pm
Aberdare, South Wales

Papers are invited on any aspect of women’s involvement in the labour movement in Britain 1880-1950. A regional focus, in particular on South Wales and the West of England, would be very welcome, although not essential.

Keynote Speakers

Stephanie Ward, Cardiff University will speak on emotions and working class women’s political activism

Karen Hunt, Keele University, will speak on labour and the housewife

Themes/ topics could include:

  • Organising separately (LP women’s sections)
  • Emotions and labour politics
  • Women’s Cooperative Guild
  • The Labour Party and the ‘housewife’
  • Organising in the community
  • Women and the labour/socialist press
  • Campaigning issues Individual women as activists and elected office holders

Proposals for 20 minute papers of not more than 500 words should be sent to

June.Hannam@uwe.ac.uk by 14 April 2017

CFP: Queer Modernism(s)

Nottingham Trent University

3 April 2017

Keynote speaker:

Professor Gregory Woods (Nottingham Trent University)

 

‘Somewhat like Ariel / Somewhat like Puck / Somewhat like a gutter boy / Who loves to play in muck’ – Richard Bruce Nugent

Queer Modernism(s) is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to explore the place of queer identity in modernist art, literature and culture. How do modernist artists frame queerness within their work? How did writers reveal and conceal their sexuality? And, in ‘making it new’, how did modernism develop new modes of exploring gender and sexuality?

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CFP: BAMS International Conference, 2017: Modernist Life

University of Birmingham

June 29-July 1, 2017

Keynote speakers:

Claire Colebrook (Penn State University)

Janet Wolff (University of Manchester)

“Only to the person who is prepared to lose her life in its known form will life appear in its new guises of ever-greater beauty and perfection. But in order to achieve such a position, silence must be reached in both thinking and feeling. This is losing life, for life is, first and foremost, pervaded by human thoughts and feelings in a universal and common form.”

—Hilma af Klint

Modernist Life is an international, interdisciplinary conference that aims to explore the range, depth and prolongation of modernisms from the nineteenth century into the present moment and the future. It takes as its starting point the fundamental tension between art and life, central to modernism, but also the lifespan of modernism itself – beginnings, endings, or alternatively modernism’s longue durée. The conference invites discussion of the ways in which modernisms negotiate the concept of life, afterlife and still life, or death; it is interested in the cultivation of life (the ecological) and the extension or replacement of life (the technological); and it seeks to debate the ways in which modernism’s lives are preserved or reconstructed, through biography, editing, citation, education, cultural institutions and the new technologies of the archive.

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