Conference: Art and Science – Knowledge, Creation and Discovery

Association of Art Historians, Summer Symposium 2012, 28-29 June, The Linnean Society London

The AAH Summer Symposium is a two-day annual conference of doctoral research papers which takes place at a different university each year in early Summer; this year’s theme is Art & Science – Knowledge, Creation and Discovery. This year’s conference will take place at the Linnean Society in London – registriation is now open here, and you can read the rest of this blog entry for details of the full programme with speakers and paper titles.

Keynote speakers
Dr Craig Ashley Hanson (Calvin College)
Dr Petra Lange-Berndt (UCL)

Special Guest Speaker: MaryAnne Stevens (Director of Academic Affairs, Royal Academy of Arts)


Session I: Art, Science and Methodologies

  • Luke Uglow, (University of Edinburgh) Giovanni Morelli and his friend Giorgione: Connoisseurship, Science and Irony
  • Sarah Lea, (Royal Academy) Peter Henry Emerson: The Behaviour of Vision
  • Camilla Mørk Røstvik, (University of Manchester) What happens when we approach Rosalind Franklin’s Photo 51 (1952) as art historians?
  • Robin Hawes, (Cardiff School of Art and Design) The Art of Perception: Aesthetics’ value for neuroscience and phenomenology 

Session II: Art, Science & Anatomy

  • Katerina Georgoulia, (University of York) Rubens’ Democritus and Heraclitus (1603): Painting Physiology and Politics
  • Thalia Allington-Woods, (UCL) Baretta’s Moulages in Hôpital Saint?Louis: A Battle With Presence
  • Hiromi Matsui, (University of Paris Nanterre) Measurement and Excess in the Works of Pablo Picasso: Studies of Bodily Proportion and New Conceptions of Human Anatomy in 1907

Session III: Art, Science & Medicine

  • Sara Obert Stradal, (University of Glasgow) Applications and Purposes of Late Medieval English Medical Diagrams in Surgical Manuscripts and Folding Almanacs
  • Jenny Basford, (University of York) Green wax and red wrappers: the visual culture of proprietary medicine packaging, 1650–1900
  • Amanda Sciampacone, (Birkbeck College) The Blue Corpse: Representing the Cholera Body


Session IV: Art, Science & Cosmos

  • Cassiope Sydoriak, (University of Oxford) Moonshine: Galileo at the Intersection of Aesthetic Representation and Scientific Understanding
  • Katherine Slee, (University of Oxford) Observation and Expression: a Pastel Drawing of the Moon by John
  • Russell Vanja Malloy, (Courtauld) Modern Science and the Avant-garde: Rethinking Alexander Calder

Session V: Art, Science & Taxonomies

  • Angelica Groom, (University of Sussex) Animal paintings in the collections of the Grand-ducal court of the Medici: art in the service of early modern zoological science 
  • Manuela Huseman, (University of Plymouth) World Art as a Thesaurus of Scientific Research: The Transition of the ‘Benin Bronzes’ from Scientific Specimens to Art in Newspapers and Journals at the turn of the 19th
  • Isobel Elstob, (University of Nottingham) Nature for Nature’s Sake Amateur Natural History as Institutional Critique Taxidermy and Taxonomy in the Artistic
    Practice of Mark Dion

Session VI: Art, Science & Travel

  • Hank Johnson, (University of Cambridge) British Grand Tourists, Italian Buildings, the physical experience of Italy, and the experience of the physical Italy
  • Elisa Garrido, (Center of Human and Social Sciences, Madrid) Art and Science in Landscape Painting: Alexander von Humboldt
  • Jonathan Stafford, (Kingston University) Maritime Modernity: the Separation of Art and Technology in the Design of the Nineteenth Century Steamship

Symposium Organisers:

Arlene Leis, University of York,
Rebecca Norris, University of Cambridge,
Freya Gowrley, University of Edinburgh,

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