- Leverhulme Prize
- Zones of Conflict
- Leverhulme Prize
- New Staff in History of Art
- Culture of Preservation
- The Granddaughters' Generation 5 February 2011
- Arte Povera and Beyond 12 March 2011
- Ida Applebroog: Symposium 19 March 2011
- Figures and Fictions - Artists Panel Discussion, 12 April 2011
- Mark Dion "My Taxidermy Taxonomy", 12 May 2011
- Portrayal: The Ethics and Poetics of Photographic Depictions of People - Syposium 24/25 June 2011
- Performance, Action, Event; AHRC collaborative award for PhD studentship
- Phyllida Barlow in conversation with Tamar Garb & Briony Fer video now online
- Frances Stracey Awards for prospective UCL History of Art MA students
- Conor Kissane wins AAH Dissertation Prize
- Activating Stilled Lives Conference
- Provost’s Research Studentships in the Humanities
- Watch FAKE OR FORTUNE? BBC1, Sunday 16th September 6.30pm
- The Department is delighted to welcome two new members of staff who will begin in September 2012
- New Research Seminar "Past Imperfect"
- Moving Images Conference, 26th October 2012
- The International New Media Gallery
- Eva Hesse in Europe, symposium 2nd February 2013
- Eco-Aesthetics: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, conference 2nd March 2013
- Retracing America: Modernism After Paul Strand, conference 8th/9th March 2013
- Sabotage: (Self-)Destructive Practices in Latin American Contemporary Art, symposium, Friday 26th April, 2013
- Tomás Harris Visiting Professorship Lectures, Thursdays 9 and 16 May, 2013
- PhD Studentships May 2013
- Art History and Psychoanalysis
- Object Lessons: Fifteen Years of Object: Graduate Research and Reviews in the History of Art and Visual Culture
- The Congress for Curious People
- Nikos Stangos Memorial Lecture
- Dr. Karin Leonhard, Research Seminar
The Congress for Curious People
13 August 2013
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.
Join us for an excursion into the peculiar, the carnivalesque and the macabre….
The Congress for Curious People is a week long festival of spectacular cultures, followed by a two-day symposium, co-curated by Morbid Anatomy, Preserved!, and Strange Attractor.
Founded in 2010 as a scholarly sideshow to the Congress of Curious People – a theatrical celebration of the carnivalesque at the Coney Island Museum in New York – the Congress for Curious People finds itself this year in a series of hidden locales and out-of-the-way venues across the U.K. Presenting talks, screenings, performances and walking tours, the festival will bring together over 40 international contributors specialising in eccentric customs, alternate histories and medical anomalies to explore ideas of spectacle and curiosity in some truly fascinating locales.
A two-day symposium on ‘Reclaiming Spectacle’ will include panels of academics, rogue scholars and artists discussing the intricacies of collecting, the politics of bodily display, non-human oddities, religion and the occult, whilst The Horse Hospital will host ‘Ethel Le Rossignol: A Goodly Company’, an exhibition of stunningly beautiful psychic artworks painted in the 1920s by this previously unknown medium and artist. The Congress will create a forum not only for discussing, but also for experiencing spectacle, combining the niche and the popular, the scholarly and the entertaining.
This event is co-organised by Petra Lange-Berndt (Preserved!), Department of History of Art, UCL
Kindly supported by the Wellcome Trust
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