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British Art and the Global

British Art and Global Conference
Yinka Shonibare MBE, The British Library [detail], 2014.

4:30 pm | 9/17/2018 | 308A Doe Library, UC Berkeley | Until 12:45 am | 9/19/2018

What is the role of art history in the Brexit era? In the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the history of Britain’s relationships with the rest of the world takes on renewed significance. This conference explores how art history today can shed light on the history of Britain’s interaction with other countries and cultures. Papers illuminate global contexts for the history of British art by considering works of art as sites and tools of international cooperation, conflict, and exchange.

Keynote speakers: Tim Barringer (Yale University); Dorothy Price (University of Bristol); and Mary Roberts (University of Sydney).

Jocelyn Anderson (University of Toronto)
Alexander Bigman (Institute of Fine Arts at New York University)
Julie Codell (Arizona State University)
Jackson Davidow (MIT)
Nika Elder (American University)
Douglas Fordham (University of Virginia)
Richard Johns (University of York)
Sayantan Mukhopadhyay (University of California, Los Angeles)
Eleonora Pistis (Columbia University)
Catherine Roach (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Sam Rose (University of St Andrews)
Jiyi Ryu (University of York)
Margaret Schmitz (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design)
Catherine Spencer (University of St Andrews)

This two-day, international conference is co-organized by Imogen Hart (History of Art Department, UC Berkeley) and David Peters Corbett (Courtauld Institute of Art, London).

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for British Studies, the History of Art Department, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Centre for American Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Advance registration has now closed. Limited seats may be available on the day but space cannot be guaranteed.

View the program here.

View abstracts of the conference papers here.


NOTE: On Sunday, September 16, the day before the conference, the Legion of Honor Museum will host a panel conversation on “British Art in a Global Context” in connection with their current exhibition Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters.

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