History of Art


CSCA: Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art

The Centre seeks to generate debate concerning those pressing questions facing the contemporary condition of art, as well as providing a valuable space in which to work through the complex trajectories of contemporary art's long history. Engaging with the work being done by postgraduate students and staff in the department, the Centre provides a place to think, theorise and historicise contemporary art, exploring what it has become in light of the complex global, historical, social and political aspects of its current expanded field.

Term 2 Programme 2020 - 2021 

Date & Time SubjectContent
Thursday 14th January, 7pmArt Isn't Fair // Sekula Symposium

Art isn't fair

Full details here. A recording will be available to view here from 7pm on Thursday 14th January. 

Tuesday 26th January, 4pmSeries of exploratory workshops on the topic of ‘Dimension’. First workshop: ‘MEASURE’ 
Tuesday 9th February, 4pm Q&A with Cécile B. Evans 

Register for this event here. 

Tuesday 23rd February, 5pmA Conversation with Patricia Hayes

Tamar Garb will be in conversation with Patricia Hayes, Professor  in Visual History & Theory in the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. This marks the recent appearance of the book she co- edited, ‘Ambivalent: Photography and Visuality in African History’ (Ohio, 2019). The conversation will look at theoretical and historiographical debates around photography and its histories in Africa with special attention to questions of the public, the source, the archive, colonial legacy and new readings of old images.

Register in advance for this meeting here

Tuesday 9th March, 4pm

Rethinking Folk Art

Rethinking Folk Art brings together a panel of early career scholars, Lucía Abramovich (San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, US), Sonali Gupta (Himalayan Institute of Cultural and Heritage Studies, Kullu Valley, India), and Gabriela Germaná (Florida State University, Florida, US), thinking critically about the term ‘folk art’ and how it has been applied, interpreted, and subverted over time and in different geographic and regional contexts. Abramovich, Gupta and Germaná will reflect on how they have engaged with this concept in their work and research in museums, academia, and communities of practice.

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Tuesday 23rd March, 4pmSeries of exploratory workshops on the topic of ‘Dimension’.
Second workshop: tbc 
Details tbc. 
Tuesday 27th April, 6-7pmCSCA/IAS book launch: On Boredom Full details via the IAS website here
Tuesday 4th May, 4pmTalia Kwartler in conversation with Nell Andrew

This in conversation event will focus on Nell Andrew's recent book Moving Modernism: The Urge to Abstraction in Painting, Dance, Cinema. 

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Tuesday 18th May, 6-8pmCSCA May Day/Animating Archives Event Full details here
Saturday 5th June 2021 - time TBC. CSCA Conference - CitationsCall for papers 

Term 1 Programme 2021 - 2022 

Date & Time SubjectContent
Wednesday 6th October 2021, 6pmAnnual CSCA Lecture - - Professor Pamela M. Lee

Full details TBC


Our previous programme archive can be found here.