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Graduate Bursary Support Scheme 2014

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The Graduate Support Scheme 2014 continues UCL’s tradition of making high quality education accessible. A total of 93 bursaries, consisting of a fee waiver and a living allowance of £10,000, are available for students from underprivileged backgrounds on a range of courses, including the MA in History of Art. There is also childcare support to assist parents whilst studying, and a range of other activities including summer schools for most participating programmes.

Art in the Age of Real Abstraction, conference 10 May 2014

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UCL History of Art & the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art presents: Art in the Age of Real Abstraction

Professor Rose Marie San Juan - Inaugural Lecture, 13 May 2014

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Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

BOOM! Growth, Form and Sustainable Bodies 1946–67, 4-5 April 2014

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This conference is organised to coincide with the Richard Hamilton retrospective currently at the Tate Modern, which includes the first ever reconstruction of his exhibit Growth and Form (ICA, 1951). Growth and Form negotiated a problematic that in the two decades after the end of WWII preoccupied different strands of artistic and architectural research across Europe. Namely, the effects of booming expansion – economic, demographic, urban, technological, material, visual –  on the embodied subject within the context of a spreading capitalist pan-humanism championed abroad by the US. Some of the key historical coordinates that this conferences sets out to engage with in relation to cultural production include: the so-call consumer-led miracle in Europe, the international context of Edward Steichen’s The Family of Man (1955), the baby boom, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the first tests of the H-bomb, postwar developments in cybernetics and artificial intelligence, futurology and technological dystopia.

Ghostly Presences: On Real Art and Fake Manifestations, 26 March 2014

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Curious Matters

Wednesday, 26th March, 6-8pm, Department of History of Art, Gordon Square no. 20, WC1E 6BT, room 3&4 http://curiousmatters.net/programme/ Artist Liz Rideal (Reader at Slade School of Art) will discuss her recent film and photographic work whilst drawing on examples of nineteenth century photographic manipulations.

On Forgetting, 21 March 2014

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Past Imperfect Seminar: On Forgetting

Pop Art and Beyond, 20 March 2014

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Pop Art and Beyond: A platform for scholars working on Pop Art, its themes and its legacies.

Derek Jarman study day 13 February

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Derek Jarman: Sites and Spaces. 

UCL will commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death with a study day on 13 February 2014 focused on the spaces of his life and work. Through talks, readings, installations and screenings we will consider the sites Jarman inhabited as he produced his art, films, writing, gardens and activism, including the Slade where he studied between 1963-67. Which places and material conditions attracted him and how did they provide the field for his experimental and radical practices? The day will be structured around different spatial scales, from the urban to the rural.

Posthumanism and the Viewing Subject

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Past Imperfect Presents:
Posthumanism and the Viewing Subject

Dr. Karin Leonhard, Research Seminar

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Dr. Karin Leonhard

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Nikos Stangos Memorial Lecture

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This year's Nikos Stangos Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Kaja Silverman on 14th November.

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The Congress for Curious People

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Wellcome Trust

A Festival of Spectacular Cultures

August 29th – September 8th 2013

From Fun Fairs to Freak Shows… Magic Lantern Lectures to Flea Circuses… Cyclopian Artists and Mediumistic Drawings to Severed Heads and Anthropomorphic Taxidermy… Riotous Fireworks and the bright lights of an otherworldly Blackpool to the dark recesses of Old Operating Theatres and Clandestine Archives.

Object Lessons: Fifteen Years of Object: Graduate Research and Reviews in the History of Art and Visual Culture

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21 and 22 June, 2013

On the occasion of its fifteenth issue, Object has invited distinguished
contributors to present current research and to reflect upon their experiences
since their involvement with the journal.

For full details see Object Lessons

Art History and Psychoanalysis

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The Second Workshop on Art History and Psychoanalysis will take place on Saturday 8 June, 14:00 - 18:00

Full details Art History and Psychoanalysis

PhD Studentships May 2013

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The deparment is pleased to announce two opportunities for PhD studentships:

Departmental Research Studentship in History of Art

Tomás Harris Visiting Professorship Lectures, Thursdays 9 and 16 May, 2013

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The 2012-2013 lectures will be given by Rachel Haidu (University of Rochester) on Thursdays 9 and 16 May, 2013 at 6pm.

Sabotage: (Self-)Destructive Practices in Latin American Contemporary Art, symposium, Friday 26th April, 2013

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Organised with generous support from UCL Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art and Rainhart Gallery.

Retracing America: Modernism After Paul Strand, conference 8th/9th March 2013

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Organized with generous support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, ‘Retracing America: Modernism After Paul Strand’ invites ten scholars of American modernism and mass media to reconsider the work and legacy of Paul Strand.

Eco-Aesthetics: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, conference 2nd March 2013

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The Eco-Aesthetics conference marks the release of Third Text no. 120 (January 2013), dedicated to the subject of “Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology,” guest-edited by TJ Demos.

Eva Hesse in Europe, symposium 2nd February 2013

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This symposium focuses on Eva Hesse’s reliefs and drawings made during the year she spent in Germany in 1965. It looks in depth at the role of drawing in Hesse’s work and at the pivotal position of her colored reliefs for her later sculpture.

The International New Media Gallery

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UCL History of Art postgraduates have recently launched an online media gallery. The International New Media Gallery specialises in contemporary moving image artwork. They currently have a show by photographer Corinne Silva, with catalogue contributions by UCL postgraduates. An in-conversation will be held between the artist and UCL’s Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art in December.

Moving Images Conference, 26th October 2012

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Dolce Vita


What is the potential of interpretation in the visual field and are there limits?
The current proliferation of images has led to worries about the power of the
visual, but not necessarily to innovative approaches. While the tendency of art
history to rely on the subject in its explanatory modes (in particular the artist as
subject) has long reached an impasse, the image continues to be a site of
self-affirmation rather than of critical and creative engagement. Even recent
attempts to endow the image with a more active role, including the productive
notion of the self-aware image, have brought with them problems of agency.
How can we shift the discussion without turning the image itself into a subject?

Moving Images full details

New Research Seminar "Past Imperfect"

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Our new research seminar Past Imperfect opens with its first event on 9 October 2012, 6.15 pm

The Department is delighted to welcome two new members of staff who will begin in September 2012

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Watch FAKE OR FORTUNE? BBC1, Sunday 16th September 6.30pm

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UCL History of Art PhD student, Kathleen Froyen will be seen using the XRF instrument to look at  possible Degas with Philip Mould on this programme.

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