The Intermedial Eighteenth Century: Textual and Visual Arts, 1660-1832

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This AHRC-funded conference explores intersections between literary and visual culture of the long eighteenth-century.

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Keynote lecture:

Prof. Malcolm Baker (University of California Riverside)

‘The Agency and Role of Author Portraits within Changing Notions of Authorship in Eighteenth-Century Britain’

In conversation:

Dr. Lucy Peltz (National Portrait Gallery) and Dr. David F. Taylor (University of Oxford)

‘Interdisciplinary Research across the Textual and Visual Arts’

Recent scholarship has started to point to the distinctively ‘intermedial’ nature of Art, Architecture and Design at the turn of the eighteenth century, as “objects and environments… brought a variety of materials into intimate contact, or fused them together entirely” (Mark Hallett, 2016). This conference now seeks to consider how the intermedial nature of the visual Arts incorporated a notable engagement with the textual realm, and to look afresh at works, practitioners and spaces (often aligned with a single discipline) by exploring their multi-media associations. To achieve this, the conference explores the ways in which different spaces, practices and individuals within the textual and visual Arts came to influence one another, creating dialogues and exchanges crucial to the works that emerged.

The conference is free of charge and will be available online between Monday 14th and Friday 18th September, with live interactions on the 16th and 17th September.

Delegates will be asked to register their attendance in advance and will be sent a password to unlock site content before the event is live.

Conference spaces are limited so we encourage delegates to reserve their place early. If the conference is sold out there will be a waiting list.

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The conference is organised by Dr. Claudine van Hensbergen as part of her AHRC Leadership Award for the project Learning through the Art Gallery: Art, Literature and Disciplinarity (2019-2021). This project is run in partnership with The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. The conference is run in conjunction with the Eighteenth-Century Literature & Visual Culture Research Network.

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