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CANCELLED: Lunch Hour Lecture:Technologies of Terror: Witnessing Revolution in France

19 March 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Jean-Paul Marat pictured in 1794 during the French Revolution

This lecture has been postponed due to the UCU strike and will take place on another date TBC.

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Emma Hart


Darwin Lecture Theatre
Gower Street

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About the lecture:
This is a unique opportunity to hear about the period of the French Revolution known as the Terror from Dr Richard Taws from UCL History of Art, one of the curators of the exhibition Witnessing Terror: French Revolutionary Prints, 1792-94 (14 January – 12 June 2020) currently on show at UCL Art Museum. This crucial moment in modernity gave rise to memorable and dramatic images that were central to revolutionary attempts to regenerate all aspects of life - from clothing and speech to money and maps, and with the introduction of the Republican Calendar, to remake even time itself. In our contemporary political context, in which ‘Terror’ has taken on a variety of disturbing meanings, and in which the proliferation of images plays an increasingly significant role in how we comprehend acts of political violence, it is ever more important to examine this radical period in French history through the print culture it inspired.

Image credit: Jacques-Louis Copia (after Jacques-Louis David), Jean-Paul Marat (detail), 1794, LDUCS-10556, design Angela Scott ©UCL Art Museum

About the Speaker

Richard Taws

Reader at History of Art Department at UCL

Richard Taws is Reader in the History of Art Department at UCL, where he specialises in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, with a focus on the visual culture of the French Revolution.