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Thursday, 15 March 2012

EVENT - British Art as International Art, 1851 to 1960

Postgraduate Symposium
University of East Anglia
20 - 21 April 2012

There have been two decades of vigorous interest in British art history, but up to now this has tended to assume a more or less unproblematic category of national identity and has not enquired closely into the elusive idea of ‘Britishness’. More recently, the concept of the transnational has proved to be a productive way for art historians in the 21st century to reflect not only on contemporary art, but also that of previous centuries. This graduate conference will address the extent to which these two approaches overlap in British art between 1851 and 1960, not only in terms of British artists working abroad and non-British artists adopting Britain as a base, but also in less tangible or previously unconsidered ways.

Keynote speakers
  • Emma Chambers, Tate Britain, “Migrations: Émigré Artists in British Art”
  • Michael Hatt, University of Warwick, “From New England to Nowhere: Edward Carpenter, Fred Holland Day and the Dream of Placelessness”
The symposium is free, but spaces are limited, so please register before 2 April.

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