History of Art


Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect is a visual culture seminar in which we hope to share recent concerns with the past and its place in the present, a present increasingly overinvested in the value of contemporary. Each academic year we explore a particular theme, such as 'Obsolescence', 'Disorientation' or 'Confinement' 

Upcoming Seminars

Date/TimeSpeaker(s)TitleRegistration Link
Wednesday 17th November 2021, 5pm 

Jacob BadcockBriony FerRosalind Hayes;  Joy Sleeman; Richard Taws

Past Imperfect - Conversations on Ecological Form: Periodisation

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Tuesday 7th December 2021, 5pmTBC Derek Jarman Word & Image (Online Event) (with CSCA: Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art)  

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Tuesday 15th March 2022, 1-2pmTBCConversations on Ecological Form: Collaboration

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Wednesday 11th May 2022, 5pm 


  • Edward Christie
  • Danae Filioti
  • Maja & Reuben Fowkes
  • Stephanie Schwartz
Past Imperfect “Conversations on Ecological Form” 

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Wednesday 8th June 2022, 12.30-2.30pm

Dr Caitlin Beach (Fordham): Extracting the Victorian Electrotype

Dr Allison Stielau (UCL): The Compensatory Copy in Nineteenth-Century Germany

Extraction, Compensation and the Electrotype: Past Imperfect Research Seminar


This event will take place in 20 Gordon Square, Seminar Rooms 3 and 4. 

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