Keep an eye out for these upcoming eighteenth-century-related conferences and events in the United States and the United Kingdom:
- The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York will hold the “Difficult Women in the Long Eighteenth Century: 1680-1730” conference on November 27 and 28, 2015. The eighteenth century was a time of profound change for women in the public sphere. Presenters explore these changes in panels including: “Relationships with Men,” “Material Culture,” “Female Sexuality,” “Artistic Representations,” “Influence and Identity,” “Mental Health,” “Education and Childhood,” and many more. View the full schedule at the Difficult Women Conference WordPress. Registration is free.
- Christie’s Education is seeking papers for the organization’s July 2016 conference, “Creating Markets, Collecting Art: Celebrating 250 Years of Christie’s.” Proposals are due by December 7. The conference commemorates the founding of Christie’s auction house in 1766 and examines the evolution of “commerce, collecting, and the ‘academy'” from an interdisciplinary approach. Two sessions relevant to eighteenth-century studies may be of interest to ABOPublic readers. The first, “Christie’s and the Birth of the European Art Market” seeks to analyze the influence of Christie’s business practices on the eighteenth-century London art market as well as today’s global art market. The second, “Home Subjects: The Art Market and the Domestic Sphere in Britain,” will reassess the relationship between private modes of display and the art market in the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries. If you are interested in presenting, check the Christie’s website for more information about submitting a proposal.
- On December 11 and 12, 2015, “Portraiture as Interaction: The Spaces and Interfaces of the British Portrait” will take place at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. The symposium is jointly organized by the Yale Center for British Art, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Huntington. Presenters will focus on portraiture as an interactive art form over time, examining the interplay between not only sitter and spectator but also portrait and portrait through curatorial arrangements. Presentations are wide-ranging and include “Raphael’s Apostles and Portraiture in the Eighteenth Century” by Caroline Fowler as well as “Noir Portraits: Hollywood’s Take on British Portraiture” by Steven Jacobs. If you are interested in attending, you may register by mail using this form.
- The office of Conferences, Forums, and Workshops at Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of programs throughout the year related to eighteenth-century studies. On January 17 through 20 and 21 through 24, 2016, the organization will hold the symposium “Working Wood in the 18th Century,” with the theme “The Pursuit of Happiness: Furniture for Leisure and Entertainment.” Presenters will discuss the wood-worked objects specific to eighteenth-century American leisure activities, such as billiard tables and musical instruments. Conference attendees will enjoy live demonstrations of eighteenth-century materials and techniques, including the making of a card table by cabinetmaker Alfred Sharp and the manufacture of a spinet by harpsichord-maker Edward Wright. Registration details and information on future events can be found at the Conferences, Forums, and Workshops website.
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