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The Cambridge Modern and Contemporary Art Seminar Series

The MaCA Seminar meets every other week during full term at 5pm, hosting a range of speakers including scholars, artists and curators. For the academic year 2020/21 meetings will take place remotely. Please book to attend each session via our website. 

Michaelmas Term

Monday 12 October 2020
Book Launch: The Marquis de Sade and the Avant-Garde by Dr Alyce Mahon (History of Art, Cambridge)
With a conversation between Dr Mahon and Dr Sofia Gotti (History of Art, Cambridge)


Monday 9 November 2020
After the Dream of Alba: Naomi Mitchison and the Modern Arts of Africa
Dr Kate Cowcher (University of St Andrews)


Monday 23 November 2020
Marianna Simnett
Followed by a conversation with Elisabetta Garletti (History of Art, Cambridge)


Lent Term

Monday 25 January 2021
Inert Universalism and Info-Optimism in Contemporary Art
Dr Larne Abse Gogarty (Slade, University College London)


Monday 8 February 2021
Montage Reassembled: Dada in the Postwar Archive
Professor Michael White (University of York)


Monday 22 February 2021
Beautiful Agitation: Modern Painting and Politics in Syria
Dr Anneka Lenssen (University of California, Berkeley)


Monday 8 March 2021
Cecilia Fajordo-Hill in conversation with Dr Sofia Gotti and Dr Amy Tobin


Convenors of the Cambridge Modern and Contemporary Art Seminar Series 2020/21 are Dr Amy Tobin ( and Dr Mary-Ann Middelkoop (