Boundaries Conference – Last Chance to Register!

Boundaries? New Histories of Architecture, Art and Design, University of Bristol, 9.30 – 18.45, Wednesday 27th April

The University of Bristol and the RX-Research Exchange in History of Art are pleased to announce this one-day conference that will interrogate the idea of boundaries in the History of Art, Architecture and Design – Registration closes 13th April!

Boundaries divide and indicate limits; they can be geographic, historical, social or disciplinary. But what happens when those boundaries are crossed? What about the spaces in-between boundaries, what can occur in these liminal spaces?

This conference, organised by the RX-Research Exchange in History of Art network, aims to bring together History of Art, Design and Architecture postgraduates to engage with and reflect upon current research ideas and methods which speak to the theme of ‘Boundaries’.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Keynote: Dr Camilla Smith (University of Birmingham)
  • Andrés Montenegro (University of Essex): ‘The Loop, Francis Alÿs’
  • Georgina Webb-Dickin (University of Bristol): ‘The Vanishing Berlin Wall: the representation of an old boundary within a new city’
  • Francesca Baseby (University of Edinburgh): ‘Tapestry and Beyond:  Claire Barclay’s Quick, Slow’
  • Laura Gray (Cardiff School of Arts): ‘The Space In Between: The transgressive nature of ceramics’
  • Rachel Marsden (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design): ‘Transcultural Translation: Writing Contemporary Chinese Art History’
  • Sarah Mengler (University of Cambridge): ‘From Black Boxes to the Musée Imaginaire: categorisation in Aboriginal art’
  • Jenny Fitzgibbon (Trinity College Dublin): ‘Cultures in Transit: Artistic mobility between Britain and Ireland since 1970’
  • Bláithín Hurley (University of Cambridge): ‘An Inter-disciplinary approach to Music Rooms’
  • Irene Noy (University of Edinburgh): ‘don’t just stand and stare – move and listen: sound & movement in contemporary art’
  • Aikaterini Georgoulia (University of York): ‘Crossing the Boundaries of the Rubensian Human Body’
  • Response: Professor Stephen Bann (University of Bristol)

Call for ‘Imaging Research’ Photographs

Speakers and delegates are invited to contribute an ‘Imaging Research’ photographic poster for display at the conference. We want exciting, thought provoking images that depict an aspect of your research topic; this might be an object, archival document, person or place. We want images which provide an insight into your research and which will encourage informal discussion among delegates.

Technical Requirements:

  • The images can be either landscape or portrait and either colour or black and white. It must be either your own work, or work which you hold the rights to. Stock images will not be accepted.
  • It should be 300 dpi minimum resolution and a max of 10MB.
  • You must include text detailing your project title, institution, and a brief (50 word) description of the image.

Up to 20 images will be selected and professionally printed (A3 size) for display during the conference. Please send images and information to The deadline for poster submissions is 13th April 2011.

Booking Information

Participation in the conference costs £5 and includes lunch, refreshments and a conference pack. Please complete a booking form, available at the top of the page.

Booking closes on the 13th April and places are limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

For further information please contact

This conference has been generously supported by the RX-Network, BIRTHA, the UoB Graduate School of Arts and Humanities and the UoB Historical Studies (History of Art) Transnational Modernisms Research Cluster.

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