Author: Katrina Grant

Public Lecture by Lyndal Roper and Symposium: Emotions and Historical Change in Pre-Modern Europe

Luther and the Emotional Dynamics of the Reformation A public lecture by Professor Lyndal Roper, University of Oxford The Reformation was a theological and intellectual movement, but it was also profoundly emotional. Luther’s unbearable fear and despair as a monk was what impelled him to understand God’s justice differently. Anger was central to Luther’s creativity – time and again, he reached new intellectual insights through attacking father figures. Envy, too, played its part, and in his letters Luther constantly attributes envy to others. And when clerical celibacy was abolished and priests began to marry, a host of complex sexual emotions were unleashed. This lecture explores how we can understand the Reformation differently by exploring its emotional dynamics. Lyndal Roper is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Oxford and editor of the premier historical journal, Past and Present. She has recently…

JOB: Lecturer in Art History – University of Manchester, UK

Lecturer in Art History – University of Manchester, UK The University of Manchester, UK, are seeking to appoint a specialist in European or non-European art in the period from 1700 to the present. Art History and Visual Studies (AHVS) at Manchester maintains close ties with the Whitworth Art Gallery, which this appointment is expected to enhance. It is one of only very few university galleries to have collections designated as nationally important. Landscape art of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries is one area of strength. Recent acquisitions and exhibitions have had a strong contemporary and global thrust. Already a drawcard for AHVS students, the gallery is about to undergo a £12 million refurbishment, with a major expansion of teaching facilities. It is expected that the appointee will discover ways of engaging with the Whitworth and its rich collections. In addition…

JOB: Pilkington Chair in History of Art – University of Manchester, UK

Pilkington Chair in History of Art – University of Manchester, UK The University of Manchester are looking to appoint a leading art historian to this prestigious Chair. A beacon for History of Art at Manchester for nearly fifty years, in the recent past the Pilkington Chair has been held by distinguished art historians at the forefront of the discipline. The University hopes that the next Pilkington Chair will be similarly influential in shaping the future direction of art history. The person appointed may have expertise in any area of art history. They must have an outstanding research and publication record and will be expected to make a distinctive contribution to Art History & Visual Studies’ innovative teaching and thriving research culture, as well as provide intellectual leadership for the subject area and more broadly. The post is available from 1…

Exhibition – Sea of Dreams: The Lure of Port Phillip Bay 1830-1914

Sea of Dreams: The Lure of Port Phillip Bay 1830-1914 Opens at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Wednesday 7 December 10am Shattered dreams, fresh beginnings, an expansive economy, rising fears and the emergence of a middle class are detailed in this rich display that traces the journeys of so many who were lured by the dream of a better life. Sea of dreams tells the fascinating story of Port Phillip Bay and the integral part it played in 19th and early 20th century survival, settlement, trade and commerce, defence and leisure. With more than 100 works displayed, many of Australia’s best known and loved artists are represented. There are paintings by Charles Conder, Fred McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Louis Buvelot, along with rare drawings and prints by Emma Minnie Boyd, S. T. Gill, Georgiana McCrae, John Mather and Eugene…

Rare Books Summer School at the State Library Victoria

Rare Books Summer School State Library of Victoria Immerse yourself in the world of rare books during an intensive five-day course at the 7th Australian and New Zealand Rare Books Summer School. Four courses will be presented: ‘Artists’ books, zines and other collaborative ventures’ Professor Sasha Grishin (6–10 February) ‘Botanical riches: the art of the book’ Richard Aitken (13–17 February) ‘Ephemera: a collector’s key to the history of books’ Wallace Kirsop (13–17 February) ‘The poetics of printing on the iron hand-press’ Caren Florance (13–17 February, Monash University, Caulfield) Please note that places are strictly limited, and applications are due by 9 December 2011. View the detailed brochure and application form (pdf) http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/rare-books-summer-school-2012.pdf Dates:  Monday 6 February 2012 – Friday 10 February 2012 Monday 13 February 2012 – Friday 17 February 2012 Cost: $750.00 Bookings: 03 8664 7322 or rbss@slv.vic.gov.au Website: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/event/rare-books-summer-school  

Dr Gerard Vaughan – Collecting Correggio

Collecting Correggio Dr Gerard Vaughan Join NGV Director Dr Gerard Vaughan to hear the stories behind the NGV’s recent acquisition, Renaissance masterpiece Madonna and Child with the infant Saint John the Baptist by Correggio. Date: Thursday 8th December, 2011, 6:00pm for a 6.30pm start. Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International (enter North Entrance, via Arts Centre forecourt) Cost: $20 NGV Member / $25 Adult (includes glass of sparkling wine on arrival) Bookings: Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily Event code M1159 Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs/public-programs/ngv-members-collecting-correggio

News: NGV announces new member of the Council of Trustees

NGV announces  new member of the Council of Trustees From the NGV: Mr Allan Meyers, President of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Council of Trustees, today announced that the Victorian Government has appointed a new Council member, Mr Michael Ullmer. Mr Ullmer’s appointment commenced on 22 November 2011. Mr Ullmer has more than thirty years’ experience in financial services. He joined the National Australia Bank as Finance Director in 2004, and served as Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer from 2007 until his retirement in August 31 2011. He was previously with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for seven years from 1997 where he was the Group Executive responsible for Institutional and Business Banking, and before that he was Group Chief Financial Officer. He began his career with KPMG in 1972, initially in London, then the US, and finally Australia. Michael joined Coopers & Lybrand in…

Funding: British School at Rome Awards 2012-2013

The British School at Rome Research Awards in Rome 2012-13 The British School at Rome is a centre of interdisciplinary research excellence in the Mediterranean supporting the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences. These highly competitive and prestigious awards have provided many leading scholars with a critical base for their subsequent careers. Applications are invited for a number of residencies, for research on the archaeology, history, art history, society and culture of Italy from prehistory to the modern period. These awards offer accommodation at the British School, food, 24-hour access to our historic library collection and, in some instances, a research grant; they are tenable for three or nine months. Further details (including eligibility criteria) and applications forms are available at http://www.bsr.ac.uk/awards/humanities-awards For any further information, please contact Gill Clark at bsr@britac.ac.uk Closing date for applications: Tuesday 17 January 2012

Seminar: Beatrix Ahrens – Rediscovered: Nineteenth Century German Painting in Victoria’s Public Collections

Rediscovered: Nineteenth Century German Painting in Victoria’s Public Collections  Dr Beatrix Ahrens, University of Freiburg, Germany It seems like nowhere else outside Europe German paintings of the second half of the 19th century have been as popular as in Victoria. From the 1870s to the 1890s a surprisingly large number of German paintings were imported to Australia, yet many of these works of art have never been adequately researched. They often lie undiscovered in storage, some paintings are even threatened by decay. This lecture, for the first time, gives an overview of German 19th century paintings in Victorian public collections. The term ‘German paintings’ refers to paintings by German-speaking artists and also includes paintings by artists who migrated to Australia. The starting point of my lecture is the historical environment that influenced the collection of German paintings in Australia. Important aspects are the emigration of German artists from the middle of the 19th…

Funding: Harvard Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies for 2012-2013

Harvard Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies for 2012-2013  Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m., January 3, 2012 The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University will offer several postdoctoral fellowships in Japanese studies to recent PhDs of exceptional promise, to give them the opportunity to turn their dissertation into publishable manuscripts. The Fellowship Grant: Each fellowship will cover a 10-month period, beginning September 1, 2012, with a stipend of $50,000, health insurance coverage for the grantee and research/travel funds. Postdoctoral fellows will be provided office space, and access to the libraries and resources of Harvard University. Responsibilities of Postdoctoral Fellows: Residence in the Cambridge/Boston area and participation in Institute activities are required during the appointment. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to give a presentation at the Reischauer Institute’s Japan Forum lecture series. During their term of appointment, postdoctoral fellows…

Exhibition: Victorian College of the Arts Masters Exhibition

Victorian College of the Arts Masters Exhibition 2011 Works by Masters students from the VCA School of Art, University of Melbourne, will be exhibited at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery and throughout the School of Art Studios from 6 to 11 December. The Masters Exhibition features the work of 33 graduating students from the Master of Fine Art and the Master of Visual Art courses. Gallery goers can explore a variety of solo projects starting in the Margaret Lawrence Gallery and continue throughout the School of Art studios and installation spaces. The Masters Exhibition has been curated by two Masters students from the Curatorial Studies program led by Dr Alison Inglis from the School of Culture and Communication. The Awards for the Masters Exhibition will be announced on 5 December by VCA alumna Jennifer Higgie (MFA, 1991), novelist, screenwriter, and art…

Lecture – Jennifer Higgie: What’s So Funny?

What’s So Funny? – Why haven’t jokes, humour, wordplay and satire in the art of the last century been taken seriously? Jennifer Higgie VCA Alumna, now co-editor and staff writer of frieze magazine living in London It’s as impossible (or unbearable) to imagine a life – and by association, art – without laughter as it is to imagine a life without air. Yet, despite some important exceptions, there has been a surprising lack of discussion around the role of jokes, humour, wordplay and satire in the art of the last century. This is a small attempt to redress that lack. Date: Thursday 8th December 2011 Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm Venue: Federation Hall, Grant St, Victorian College of the Arts, Southbank Free admission, no registrations Jennifer Higgie’s biography  A graduate from VCA in 1991, Jennifer Higgie is co-editor and staff writer of frieze magazine and lives in London. She has…

News: Hou Hanru named curator of the 5th Auckland Triennial

Hou Hanru named curator of the 5th Auckland Triennial In 2013, the 5th Auckland Triennial will be led by the San Francisco-based, Guangzhou-born Hou, Hou Hanru. The organisers state that: Hou has an extensive record curating triennials, biennials and exhibitions internationally, from exhibitions in San Francisco and Madrid to the top biennales of Istanbul, Venice and Lyon. His name is synonymous with the rise of contemporary art across China and East Asia from the nineties until today. The Auckland Triennial, hosted at partner galleries across the city, is a three-month festival of contemporary art involving local and international artists. Initiated in 2000, it aims to encourage a focused but dynamic conversation about art and its relationship to the wider world. ‘I’m looking forward to being a part of this unique exhibition experience, and I am excited to be in New Zealand,’ says Hou. ‘The Auckland Triennial…

Funding: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Resident Fellows Program

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Resident Fellows Program About the Program The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers residential fellowships to scholars and writers in the humanities. We seek applications that are intellectually stimulating, imaginative, and accessible to the public. There are no restrictions on topic, and applications are invited from across the broad spectrum of the humanities. All applicants are considered for our two endowed fellowships. Eligibility and Selection Process Fellowships are open to faculty members in the humanities, independent scholars, and others working on projects in the humanities. Applicants need not have advanced degrees, but the VFH generally does not support work toward a degree. Postdoctoral applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for projects other than dissertation revisions. Former VFH Fellows must wait three years before applying for another fellowship. Former Fellows are welcome to apply for space (without…

Professor Karen Franck: The Changing Design of Public Memorials

Professor Karen Franck: The Changing Design of Public Memorials Professor Karen Franck, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Associate Professor Quentin Stevens, from RMIT’s School of Architecture and Design, are collaborating on a major research project on the design and use of public memorials. The project is unique in examining both temporary memorials erected by members of the public and official permanent memorials. It draws upon first-hand observations of both kinds of memorials at the sites of terrorist attacks in New York and London. The researchers also focus on visitor experience of recent abstract memorials, including examples stretching from Berlin to Melbourne to Washington. The collaborators are currently writing a book Spaces of Engagement: Memorial Design, Use and Meaning. They are also joining RMIT Landscape Architecture Professor SueAnne Ware on a grant proposal to study the complex procurement process for public memorials. Professor Franck will deliver the following public…