Inaugural Lecture - Professor Rose Marie San Juan (UCL History of Art)
Tuesday 13 May 2014 - 6.30pm
Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Professor Rose Marie San Juan (UCL History of Art)
Rose Marie San Juan (PhD Warburg Institute) taught at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver till 2005. Her publications on early modern Italian urban space and visual technologies include Rome: a city out of print (2001). Vertiginous Mirrors: The animation of the visual image and early modern travel (2011) traces journeys of images from Italy to India, Brazil and Chile; Film and Urban space: Critical possibilities (2013 with Geraldine Pratt) explores how film and film theories have drawn on urban space to argue for what constitutes film’s political potential.
Punishment, Anatomy and Recollection
In the early modern city, the connection between public corporal punishment and the anatomical theatre became crucial, and not simply because medical research increasingly relied on bodies of the executed.
images of anatomical dissection evoke this history and through it seek to alter
notions of life, death and creation. Drawing on the archive of the
confraternity of San Giovanni Decollato in Rome - which accompanied the
condemned to the gallows and negotiated with the university for the use of bodies
- and on a remarkable 1590 drawing of a hanging by Annibale Carracci, this lecture reconsiders this connection and proposes how urban memory opened up new potential
for the study of the body.