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Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

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Visual Intersections 4

Collingwood College

The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture and the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture presents the fourth in a series of Summer Schools which brings scholars together to explore the interdisciplinary nature of visual culture.

Day 1 Visual Politics (Monday 8th July)




Welcome from Professor Ludmilla Jordanova, Director of the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture


Opening Plenary: Prof. Stephen Regan – Poetry in Paint: Modern American Poetry and the Visual Arts (Chair: Lara Ehrenfried)


Session A: Navigating conflict and contesting regimes (Chair: Iris Ordean)

Elena Roig Cardona In search of a Spanish artistic identity in the era of Francoism: Antonio Saura and J. a. Coderch

Megan Macnaughton Colectivo Acciones de Arte (Chile, 1979-1985): Transforming Citizens into Artists and the City into Museum




Session B: Representation and visualisation (Chair: Seren Nolan)

Rory McInnes-Gibbons The Ruins of Palmyra: Transforming the Exotic into the Neoclassical one Ruin at a time

Dr Alexander Mack Visualising Nordic Society: Krohg, Munch and the Development of the Welfare State

Dr Sophie Handler Shadows of Childhood


Refreshments Break


Session C: Aesthetics of knowledge in the digital realm (Chair: Christoph Doppelhofer)

Christopher Chok Contesting Sacred (Cyber)Space: Manchester Cathedral vs. Sony.

Dawn Woolley and Zara Worth The politics of food culture on Instagram

Tomáš Kolich Visual eureka. Graphic screens in film as an analytical tool


Performance and Q&A (Chair: Nelli Stavropoulou)

Eileen Harrisson Identity and Memory Approached through Rhythms of Hand Stitch, Performance and the Poetic Word

Mauricio Baez Markets in Bogotá


Servery dinner in Collingwood College

Day 2 Beyond the glass case (Tuesday 9th July)


Careers Workshop

Dr Sarah Price & Dr Katy Barrett Careers in the Cultural Sector


Session D: Engaging with archives (Chair: Louise Garner)

Grace Stephenson Footage without Context: The Case of the British Newsreels of World War 2

Laura Littlefair British railway posters of Durham

Sally Skerrett Rediscovering Public History: Challenges of Preservation, Accessibility and User Engagement for a Private Egyptian Historical Family Archive through Digital Media


Refreshments Break


Session E: Photography (Chair: Vanessa Longden)

Simon Denison Putting Yourself in the Picture

David Barber Creating News Photographs in a Multi-Media World




Session F: Curation and Memory (Chair: Antonia Miejluk)

Georgia Gladitz "Let All Voices be Heard": ┼Żanis Lipke Memorial Museum and Visual Pluralism in Latvian Narratives of WWII

Gabrielle Barkess-Kerr UK-based contemporary art curators: exploring the field of professional knowledge


Plenary: Dr Katy Barrett – Thinking about art in the Science Museum: George Gabb and Sebastien Le Clerc’s drawing of ‘The Physical Laboratory of the Académie des Sciences’ (Chair: Lindsay Macnaughton)


Refreshments break


Session G: Three-dimensional and haptic experiences (Chair: Joshua Podmore)

Elaine Charwat The 3D visual culture of nature: natural history models and casts

Shijia Yu Playing in the Archive: Handling Optical Toys as Methodology in Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture Research


Depart for Palace Green


Drinks reception at Palace Green, including a viewing of the #VisibleWomen exhibition

Day 3 (Wednesday 10th July)


Workshops: Visual culture methodologies and/or practice

Body Mapping (Nelli Stavropoulou)

Eye Tracking Experiment (Prof. Ludmilla Jordanova & Dr Bob Kentridge)

Video Abstract Workshop (Petr Nuska)


Closing talks and thanks


Lunch at Collingwood


Architectural walking tour (Dr Adrian Green)


Afternoon activities

Castle tour (Lenka Sediva)

Wild:a celebration of the natural history of the British Isles exhibition at Palace Green Library (self-directed visit)

Open Treasure exhibition at Durham Cathedral (self-directed visit; additional charge payable at the venue)




1) Speaker rate, registration only: £0

2) Speaker rate, lunch on all days: £19

3) Speaker rate, lunch on all days and dinner on Monday evening: £33

4) Non-speaker rate, registration only: £10

5) Non-speaker rate, lunch on all days: £21

6) Non-speaker rate, lunch on all days and dinner on Monday evening: £36

Please register here.

Advance registration is essential and will close on Wednesday 26th June 2019. Please note that registrations will be subject to a small booking fee; those who register using a Durham University email address will be exempt from booking fees.

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