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Art and Politics in Britain

A conference of the History of Art Department, University of Cambridge and held at King’s College, Cambridge, 7-8 November, 2011
When Nov 07, 2011 09:00 AM to
Nov 08, 2011 06:00 PM
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This interdisciplinary conference will explore the relationship between art and politics in Britain from late antiquity to the present. The conference aims to provide a forum for both postgraduate and established scholars who are investigating the ways in which art can function as a tool for political legitimation, a method of political argument, and can express cultural values in material form. Potential topics for discussion will include the following:


  • Art’s ability to influence political actions, movements, and personal worldviews.
  • The medium and display of political art.
  • The influence of community and collectivity in the production or function of political art.
  • The initiative and authority of the artist.
  • High art versus low art; avant garde versus kitsch in the reception of political imagery.
  • Convention and tradition in political images.
  • Methods for assessing the influence of political art
  • Historical case studies of nationalistic art, propaganda, political cartoons, or other political material culture.


    Including light refreshments the event will be £10 for postgraduates and £15 for senior scholars.


    If you are interested in attending *Art and Politics in Britain *on 7-8 November, please return the registration form (available from the link below) and conference fee to the below address. The fee may be paid by cheque, cash (posted at your own risk), or PayPal transfer (to email address Please send the registration form and fee together by post or, if you have used PayPal, by email.


  • For further information please contact one of the organisers: Laura Slater ( or Chloe Kroeter (
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      Registration Form