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The Making of Images: An Anthropological Perspective

Graduate Research Seminar Series, Lent Term 2015: ‘Art and Travel’
When Jan 28, 2015
from 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
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Professor Philippe Descola (Collège de France)

Convenors: Julien Domercq and Tom Young

The ‘cultural’ or ‘visual’ turn in imperial history and the now ubiquitous influence of post-colonial theory across the humanities reveals a substantial scholarly interest in the cultural histories of globalisation. Whilst somewhat nebulous notions of ‘hybridity’ and ‘cultural negotiation’ have become common parlance in this scholarship, this seminar series invites speakers to discuss the theme of ‘travel’ - an issue of longstanding interest for art historians concerned with explaining stylistic and cultural exchange - and in doing so centre their discussion on the quantifiable movement of specific individuals, objects and ideas. We are pleased to bring together papers on topics spanning across historical periods and geographic regions which seek to explore the experience and methods of travelling artists and patrons, their frequent role in pioneering scientific, geographic, and ethnographic knowledge, and the crucial way their artistic output shaped perceptions and understandings of different cultures.