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Recent Lectures and Events Upcoming


Events forthcoming 2016

19 February conference 'Signs and Symbols: Dress at the intersection between image and realia, Humboldt University, Berlin, paper 'Enduring characteristics and unstable hues: men in Black in French painting in the 1860s and 1870s'.

6 April, Public lecture Frick Museum, New York City, 'Why Portraiture?'

7 April, lecture Yale University History of Art Dept., 'Rubens and Precious Stones'

3-4 November Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, ' Rubens as a collector of gems', conference paper


Events forthcoming 2015

15 May, Wallace Collection/Paul Mellon Centre, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Experiments in Paint conference, paper on finish and unfinish in Reynolds's portrait of Countess Schaumburg Lippe (?)

18-19 May, University of Warwick, paper at workshop 'Gems in Transit: Materials, Techniques and Trade from the 16th to the 18th centuries', paper: 'Send no lasques: good and bad diamonds in early modern Europe'

28-30 May, University of York, keynote lecture at Disseminiating Dress conference: 'Men in Black: portraiture and male fashion in Paris 1860-80.'

23 November, research paper University of York Dept. of History of Art, Degas portraits

12 December, paper Courtauld Institute of Art conference 'Art History 40 - forty years of art-historical writing'



Events forthcoming 2014

21-22 November, with Lisa Skogh (V&A) Materials Ad Vivum: Agate and Ivory in the Kunstkammer, Ad Vivum conference, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

8-9 May, paper 'Accessorizing Susanna' at the conference (Un)dressing Rubens : Fashion and Painting in seventeenth-century Antwerp, Rubenianum, Antwerp

22-23 May - lecture and seminar University of Stockholm school of fashion studies

26-27 May lecture and workshop Uppsala University.

Events forthcoming Autumn 2013

Colloquium organiser (with Viccy Coltman, Edinburgh University) of Portraiture and Materiality collquium, Clark Art Institute, Williamstwon, MA.

Lectures and Research Papers forthcoming Summer 2012-Spring 2013

25 May 2012 'Imprints and Affectivity' at conference 'probing the Interior', Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

21-23 November 2012 'The Diamond Engagement Ring and the Relativity of Luxury', at conference 'Le Commerce du Luxe - Le Luxe du Commerce', Lyon, Musées Gadagne.

3-8 December 2012 University of Ioannina, Greece, seminar 'Travelling/Writing Jewels' and lecture on portraiture.

10 January 2013 Public lecture at National Portrait Gallery, London: Portraits as Accessories and Accessoried in Portraits.

21 January UCL Early Modern seminar - paper on death masks

25-27 January 2013 Paper at International symposium of the Tansey Collection of Miniatures, Residenzsmuseum, Celle.

13 February 2013 Talk 'The skull in the studio' at Art and Death workshop. King's College, London.

March 2013 Australia - ANU Canberra; Toulouse-Lautrec and Portraiture Masterclass National Gallery, Canberra, 20 March; Power Institute Sydney and elsewhere.

18-19 October 2013 Colloquium Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute USA





Lectures and Research Papers forthcoming Autumn 2011-Spring 2012

13 October, research seminar, 'The Skull in the Studio: Self-Portraiture and Mortality', University College London.

8 November, lecture 'Portraits as Acessories and Accessories in Portraits', Birkbeck College, University of London.

3 December, keynote lecture 'Casts, Masks and Relics', conference on Materials of Mourning, Centre for Modern Studies, University of York.

18 January 2012 research paper, Institute for Historical Research, University of London, Psychoanalysis and History seminar

1 February 2012 workshop on portraiture University of Edinburgh


Lectures and Research Papers delivered Spring-Summer 2011

18 February 2011, National Portrait Gallery, London, AHRC 'Likeness and Facial Recognition' Workshop

22nd-25th February, British Art Centre, Yale University

12,13,14 April, lectures at the University of Stockholm Centre for Fashion Studies

29 April 2011, Scottish Gemmological Association, Perth, keynote address

11th June, University of York, Centre for Eighteenth-century Studies, paper on Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough at 'The Portrait and the Country House' conference

23-25 June 2011, keynote lecture, Marburg University, conference on 'Portraiture: Moblisation and Consolidation'. Working title: 'Why details matter: accessories in portraits and portraits as accessories


Lectures and Research Papers 2010

4-6 March 2010, 'Portraiture and Sickness' , talk at conference 'The Return of the Artist: Themes and Positions of Current Artists'/Women Artists' Studies', Vienna: Universitåt für Angewandte Kunst

21 May 2010, Stockholm National Museum, 'The Skull in the Studio: Portraiture, Self portraiture and Mortality

24 September 2010, University of Cambridge, Dept. of History of Art, conference: The Representation of Adolescence in Early Modern Europe, 'Thomas Lawrence's Teenagers'

18-19 November 2010, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, conference on Sir Thomas Lawrence, 'Thomas Lawrence's Teenagers'