THE PICTORIAL TURN IN HISTORY
Roehampton University, London
4 - 5 April 2008
The conference aims to theorise the relationship between history and the visual image. Pictures and other forms of visualisation have for too long been neglected by historians and left to art or film historians. Mediaeval and early modern historians were among the first to take visual representation seriously; recently it has become vital for historical TV and cinema documentaries but also in the way historians now present their research in Powerpoint at conferences or the lecture hall.
There is however, as yet, no consensus of how best to incorporate visualisation into historical research. Do historians use appropriate methods and concepts in order to operate successfully in areas which go beyond the pure text? How do we imagine/visualize the past? What role did visual images have for historical actors? How do visual images of the past affect the way historians perceive it? Vice versa, how does historical study affect the way we understand a visual image?
Friday 4 April 2008
10.00 Registration and coffee
11.00 Welcome and introduction
John Tosh and Cornelie Usborne (History, Roehampton)
11.15 Visual History: the Ten Commandments
Peter Burke (History, Cambridge)
12.15 The Text of Images
Dawn Ades (Art History, Essex)
2.15 Power and Function of Images in Migration-Era Scandinavia
Charlotte Behr (History, Roehampton)
3.15 The Bayeux Tapestry: an accurate reflection of the real world of the
eleventh century or a work indebted to contemporary art?
Michael Lewis (History/Archaeology, British Museum)
4.45 The Evidence of the Conversation Piece
Kate Retford (Art History/History, Birkbeck)
7.00 Conference dinner
Saturday 5 April 2008
10.30 Registration and coffee
11.00 Just What is it that Makes the Pictorial so Different, so Appealing?
Lynda Nead (Art History, Birkbeck)
12.00 Melodrama, migration and conservative modernity: a case study in cultural transition
Erica Carter (Film History/Cultural Studies, Warwick)
2.00 Gender and Memory in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Annie Coombes (Material and Visual Culture, Birkbeck)
3.00 Patient Photography and Propaganda: Medical Images as Sources for the Social History of Medicine
Philipp Osten (History, Heidelberg)
4.30 Round Table and Discussion
5.30 Conference close
Participation fee: £70.00 for 2 days, £40.00 for a single day (£30.00/£15.00 for postgraduate students and Roehampton staff), including lunch and refreshments.
For registration and further information please contact Dr Declan O'Reilly at mailto:D.O at the Centre for Research in History and Theory.
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