The Department of History of Art and Screen Media runs regular symposia, usually on a Friday afternoon, three times a year. These are free public events, open to all interested.
The purpose of these symposia is to get together art-historians (in the most expanded sense of the word), working on related themes but across different periods and media.
Friday Afternoon Symposia 2011
18 February, 2.00-6.00PM: ARCHIVES, MUSEUMS, MEDIA
Speakers include Raiford Guins, State University New York (SUNY) at Stonybrook, on video games in the archive, and Ian Christie on 'Adventures in the Hit Parade: On-line Archives'
27 May, 1-5.00pm: MAKING STRANGE
First defined by the Russian critic Viktor Shklovsky, ostranenie and its analogues, such as Freud’s ‘uncanny’ and Brecht’s Verfremdung (‘alienation’) run like a thread through much 20th and 21st century critical thinking and artistic practice. This symposium marks the publication of a collection of essays on the concept’s influence in film studies. Its editor Annie van der Oever (Groningen University) will speak about ‘Ostranenie and the Grotesque’, while another contributor, Ian Christie (Birkbeck) will explore the influence of Shklovsky and Brecht on radical culture in Britain in the 60s and 70s. David Evans (Arts University Bournemouth) will discuss how ‘estrangement’ relates to Brecht’s work with photography, and has influenced photomontage and modern staged photography. And William Rowe will explore the relevance of Shlovsky’s concept for poetry an poetics, especially in the Latin American context.
Where? B04,43 Gordon Square
Reserve your free place for Making Strange
Past events have included
- Carrying Images
- Between Religion and Mass Culture
- Sites of memory
- ultural Impact
- Art and Money
- Art on Television
Speakers include staff from the Department, the School of Arts, and the wider academic community.