Art History and Film Studies Research Seminars

Semester Two 2016

Seminars are held in the RC Mills Building, seminar room 210, next to Schaeffer Library
Thursdays, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

For further details contact Dr Bruce Isaacs,

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4 August
Bruce Isaacs
(University of Sydney)
Exceptionally exact perceptions

18 August
Ivan Cerecina
(University of Sydney)
Tracing the caméra-stylo in the French short and documentary film, from Astruc to de Gaulle (1948-1958).
Graham Southwell (University of Sydney)
The architecture, decorations and symbolism of the Mitchell Library, Sydney

1 September
Daniel Binns
(RMIT University)
Seamless cinema: An integrative theory of film

15 September
Lisa Beaven
(University of Melbourne)
Raising the spirits with the sight of various colours: An exchange of coins for paintings between Rome and Madrid in 1658*
*This paper is part of a joint research project undertaken with José-Luis Colomer.

6 October
Karen Dayman
(University of Sydney)
'The Queen never fuggin' walk around here': Ngurrara Canvas II and its role in claiming title from the crown
Victoria Souliman (University of Sydney)
Modernity and national identity: The case of Clarice Zander’s 1933 Exhibition of British Contemporary Art

20 October
Nicholas Hannan
(University of Sydney)
With/in Stimmung: Mood, milieu and experience in the slow cinema of Bela Tarr
Catherine Blake (University of Sydney)
Trace, fragment, erasure, disappearance: Working with and against loss in art history

Semester One 2016

Seminars are held in the RC Mills Building, seminar room 210, next to Schaeffer Library
Thursdays, 4:00pm – 5:30pm

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3rd March
Susan Potter

Queer Character: The Emergent Hollywood Classical Style and Sexual Legibility in A Florida Enchantment (1914)

17th March
Mark De Vitis

Dressing to Distress: Costume as Critique in Louis XIV’s France
Sarah Bendall
Making “deform’d fashions”: The Merits of Historical Reconstruction in Early Modern Dress History

31st March
Katherine Biber

The Cultural Afterlife of Criminal Evidence

14th April
Roger Benjamin

Exhibiting Biskra: Photography, Art and Tourism in an Algerian Oasis

28th April
Donna West Brett
After the End: Photography, Situatedness and Migration
Natali Pearson
Shipwrecked? Treasure, Ethics and Underwater Cultural Heritage in Indonesia

12th May
Annamarie Jagose

Housework/ Sex Work: Feminist Ambivalence and Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

26th May
Shayne Bowden
Adachi Masao and the Landscape Cinema of Ryakushô Renzoku Shasatsuma
Vu Tuan Nguyen
Soft Objects, Hard Borders: Collecting and Displaying Australian AIDS Memorial Quilts

2nd June
Yiman Wang

Who is Not Afraid of Contaminated Pleasure: Anna May Wong’s Thrilling Tears

Semester Two 2015

Seminars are held in the Mills Building, seminar room 210, next to Schaeffer Library
Thursdays, 4:00pm

6th August
The Everywhen is Everywhere: Exhibiting Indigenous Art Internationally

Stephen Gilchrist (Lecturer, Art History, University of Sydney)
Priya Vaughn (Doctoral Candidate, Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University)

20th August
Professional Development Session: Grants, Fellowships and Postdocs

Stephen Whiteman, Mark De Vitis (Lecturers in Art History, University of Sydney), Georgina Cole (Art History, National Art School)

3rd September
Disoriented: Imagined Geographies in Palestinian Films of Exile

Eliza Waterhouse (Doctoral Candidate, Art History, University of Sydney)
Photography and the Urban Uncanny in (Early) Twentieth-century Budapest
Eniko Hidas (Doctoral Candidate, Art History, University of Sydney)

17th September
In Conversation with Ana Vrdoljak

Professor Ana Vrdoljak (Associate Dean of Research, Law, University of Technology Sydney)
Co-author of the 2014 UNESCO review of the implementation of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.

8th October
Rousseau in Hollywood: The Ethnographer's Nostalgia in the American West

Stuart Cottle (Doctoral Candidate, Art History, University of Sydney)
The Concept of Will in David Lynch's Blue Velvet
Andreas Wong (Doctoral Candidate, Art History, University of Sydney)

15th October
Counter-Mannerism and the Carracci Reformers: Reassessing the beginnings of baroque style

Dominique Millar (Doctoral Candidate, Art History, University of Sydney)
Whiz King: Urination as Commemoration in Prints of Louis XIV
Mark De Vitis (Lecturer, Art History, University of Sydney)

Semester One 2015

26 March
Dr Jacqueline Millner (SCA) and Dr Catriona Moore (Department of Art History & Film Studies)
"'Performing Oneself Badly': Contemporary Feminist Performance and the Neo-Burlesque"

16 April
A/Prof Natalya Lusty (Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney)
"Surrealism in the Hallucinatory City"

14 May
Lesa-Belle Furhagen (Department of Art History & Film Studies)
"The Sublime and Uncanny Spaces Lurking in George Grey's Northern Kimberly Cave Paintings"
Vigen Galstyan (Department of Art History & Film Studies)
"Architectural photography as visual historiography in the Armenian cultural networks, 1860 – 1900"

21 May, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Woolley Common Room,
John Woolley Building
Please note different start time and venue for this session

Discussion with Prof. Tim Barringer (Yale University) and visiting Yale University graduate students: Edward Cooke (specialist in American Decorative arts who has also taught a course on Australian Decorative arts) and Gillian Forrester (Curator, Yale Center for British Art). Meredith Gamer (current post-doc at Yale who has been recently appointed to the Art History Department at Columbia) is also attending.

This seminar has been devised in order to put this group in dialogue with those working on Australian art and the study of Empire in our Department. The conversation will be a free flowing one, with a loose thematic structure. Although the main focus is on Australian Art and 19th-century Global empires we will be ranging broadly and welcome all staff and post-graduates to be part of what I am sure will be a very stimulating conversation.

This two hour session will be followed by drinks from 6pm to 6.30pm and then Tim Barringer will present his public lecture “Empire Mourning: The Pattcham Chattri and the Architecture of Imperial Ambivalence” from 6.30 – 8pm in Lecture Theatre 101, New Law School, Eastern Avenue.

The lecture is free.

The same lecture is the keynote for the Gallipoli/Gelibolu symposium at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 22 May. The Gallipoli/Gelibolu symposium is also free.

Semester Two 2014

Seminars are held in the Mills Building, seminar room 210, next to Schaeffer Library
Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Wednesday 6 August
Ann Stephen, Senior Curator, University Art Gallery and Art Collections
'Len Lye’s Tusalavu: An Australasian Reading of Totem & Taboo'

Wednesday 20 August
Bruce Isaacs, Department of Art History and Film Studies
'Reality Effects: The Ideology of the Long Take in the Cinema of Alfonso Cuaron'

Wednesday 3 September
Richard Smith, Department of Art History and Film Studies
'The Sovereign Woman from Lubitsch to Wilder: Aristocracy, Oligarchy and Democracy in 30's Hollywood Romantic Comedy'

Wednesday 17 September
Josh Wheatley, Department of Art History and Film Studies
'Trash Aesthetics in American Cinema'

Wednesday 15 October
Stephen Whiteman, Department of Art History and Film Studies
'Visualizing historical imaginaries: Digital mapping and the imperial landscapes of Qing China'

Wednesday 29 October
Andreas Wong, Department of Art History and Film Studies
'"You Like Me": Evil in David Lynch's Blue Velvet'

Semester One 2014

Seminars are to be held in the Mills Building, seminar room 211, Schaeffer Library
12:00pm - 2:00pm Mondays

Seminar flyer available here

Monday 17 March
Roger Benjamin
Mosque, Aloe and Corner: Paul Klee's geomancy of Hammamet

Monday 24 March
Lisa Beaven
Claude Lorrain and La Crescenza: Landscape, ecology and climate change in the Roman Campagna

Monday 28 April
Donna Brett
Encountering German history in Thomas Demand's photographs

Monday 19 May
Robert Wellington
A War of Visual Histories: The Duke of Marlborough's appropriation of Louis XIV’s triumphal imagery

Semester Two 2013

Seminars are to be held in the Mills Building, room 210
12:00pm - 2:00pm Mondays

Seminar flyer available here

August 12th
Professor Michael Tawa (Professor of Architecture, University of Sydney)
"Interstice, Memory and Mnemonics in Cinema and Architecture."

August 19th
This seminar is a Power Lecture. This will be held at the Footbridge Theatre at 6:00pm.
Professor Hamid Naficy (Althani Professor of Communication (Radio-TV-Film) at Northwestern University)
"Iranian Pre-revolution Cinema - Cinema as an Agent of Modernity."
The lecture will be preceded by a feature length film. Impressions of a City: Tehran Today, 1977 by Khoshrow Sinai.

September 2nd
Olivia Hopkins (PhD candidate AHFS)
"The Southern Imaginary in Two Thousand Maniacs and 2001 Maniacs."

September 23rd
John Di Stefano (SCA)
"Homing-video: Home Video and Transnational Displacement."

October 14th
Stefan Solomon (Visiting Research Fellow, SLAM)
On the collaboration between Dudley Murphy and William Faulkner.

October 21st
Emme Devonish (PhD candidate AHFS)
"The Consciousness of Circular Narrative: Childhood, Death and Rebirth."