Thursday, September 24, 2009

The British Empire and Visual Culture 1850-1950

John White - Queen Victoria Monument, Bendigo Vic. 1903: “An Empire Upon Which the Sun Never Sets”
(Photo: Bronwyn Hughes) via Symposium website.

An upcoming symposium at Melbourne University that may be of interest. It is completely free and members of the public are very much encouraged to attend. Full details can be found at the website here.

A Symposium
Hosted jointly by the Art History Program, School of Culture and Communication and The Australian Centre, School of Historical Studies,
The University of Melbourne

Lecture Theatre A, Elizabeth Murdoch Building
1-2 October 2009
Informal site visits will be incorporated into the final program

Convenors: Dr Alison Inglis (Head Art History Program): Prof Kate Darian-Smith (Professor of Australian Studies and History) & Dr Bronwyn Hughes (Art Historian and Heritage Consultant).

This two-day symposium presents papers from range of disciplines, including art history, architecture, design, literature, social and cultural history, media studies, museum studies and Australian studies. Speakers include academics and museum professionals from Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Great Britain, such as Dr Anita Callaway (University of Sydney); Dr Caroline Jordan (LaTrobe University); Dr Andrew Montana (Australian National University); Associate Professor Catherine Speck (University of Adelaide); Associate Professor Mark Stocker (Otago University); Professor Bruce Scates (Monash University); Dr Matthew Potter (Leicester University).

However the audience is encouraged to arrive in good time so that a name tag can be provide.

Sessions include:

Performing Empire, War and Commemoration
Geographies of Empire, Institutions and Ideologies
Imperial networks and exchanges, Aesthetics of Empire
Collecting Empire, Heroes and Monarchs


  1. This symposium is one I would really have liked to have gone to. Unfortunately I didn't see it advertised and despite being a graduate of the university and a member of AAANZ, haven't been notified by email.

    What a shame. Some of the topics look fascinating.

  2. I agree about the lack of advertising/communication. I think the different arts/history groups don't always communicate as well as they should. It is a shame, I am currently trying to work on getting more stuff out there via another website, will post here when it is ready. I try and give people a bit of a heads up on what is on, this one crept up on me though. A heads up about another conference will be posted today.


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