Art History and Visual Studies, Seminar Series, 2014-15

Lectures will take place at 5pm, unless otherwise noted, in Mansfield Cooper (room numbers tba).


Semester I

2 October, Thursday: Alistair McClymont. Artist. The Fragility of Art as Science. McClymont makes his own ‘science machines’ with beguiling outcomes: like a raindrop that never falls.

16 October, Thursday: Patrick Baty. Colour Historian and Architectural Restorer. Paint Detective. Through in depth paint analyses of houses, bridges and more, Baty digs up surprising stories of architecture and the past.

13 November, Thursday: Elizabeth Howie, Art Historian. The Condemned Man and the Corpse: Barthesian Madness and Roger Ballen’s ‘Outland’. The daughter of a psychoanalyst, Howie takes on the Roger Ballen’s controversial black and white photography, with a focus on his pictures of Plattelanders, the socially and economically marginalized descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa, and gives us a madness to be felt.

20 November, Thursday: James Cahill. Theorist in Cinema Studies. Edible Beauty: Painlevé and Hamon’s kino-mouth. A ‘strange gourmet’, Cahill sets the table with wildlife cinema, the food chain, and dissident Surrealism

Semester II

19 February, Thursday: Esther Teichmann: Artist. Fractal Scars, Salt Water and Tears. Through photographs, film and paint, Teichmann erotically travels inside caves, storms, grottoes, women and seashells, like a phenomenologist inside a waking dream.

13 April, Monday: Catherine Jolivette, Art Historian. Promoting Power: The Visual Rhetoric of Britain’s First Nuclear Power Stations. In 1956, ‘Operation Switch’ opened up the world’s first atomic power station and gave birth to a new nuclear visual culture at once utopian and terrifying.

16 April, Thursday: Allison Connolly. French Literature and Film Scholar. Emptiness as a Creative Force. Pondering the empty bed shared by Colette and her lover, Connolly takes us through a tour of emptiness (including Mallarmé’s obsession with the blank page, Ying Chen’s novel Ingratitude and Kay Pollak’s film As it is in Heaven ). With the work of Edouard Glissantis at hand, Connolly looks at opaqueness as both the necessary outcome of diversity in a globalized world and the form of the blank space of creation.

Viktor Wynd (date tba )The Chancellor of the Last Tuesday Society. Viktor Wynd’s Cabinet of Wonders. In regards to his recent book, Viktor Wynd’s Cabinet of Wonders, the filmmaker John Waters comments: ‘An insanely delightful how-to guide on becoming a mentally ill, cheerily obsessive eccentric hoarder told with lunatic humor and absolute joy. Viktor Wynd is a sick orchid who seems like the perfect man to me.’

Also of special interest to AHVS

13-14 May: Malcolm Bull, Visiting Pilkington Professor, details to be announced. Malcolm Bull has been University Lecturer in Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford since 1992. His most recent books are Anti-Nietzsche (Verso, 2011); The Mirror of the Gods (OUP/Penguin, 2005), and Seeing Things Hidden (Verso, 2000).  He has research interests in both art history and social and political theory.

Cornelia Parker: Visiting Artist, Whitworth Art Institute. Details tba.Cornelia Parker is a sculptor and installation artist. She will be exhibiting her work for the reopening of the Whitworth. When Parker had the British Army blow up a garden shed and then suspended the resulting fragments from the ceiling, for Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, she touched on the fragility of experience and reconstructed memory. For The Maybe, made in collaboration with Tilda Swinton, she focused on the aura of objects owned by the famous, like Queen Victoria’s stockings, which were collected and placed within museum vitrines. Even Swinton herself was shown as an object on display in her own glass case. Psychoanalysis’s sexual turn was teased out when Parker made her own Rorschach blots out of sex videos dissolved in solvent for The Pornographic Drawings.

For further information:

UoM Feminist Reading Group: Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto

Join in for a discussion of Donna Harway’s Cyborg Manifesto (1991).

Wednesday 1st October at 5pm in Seminar Room 2, Ellen Wilkinson building, UoM.


All welcome!

Feminist Reading Group: Atwood’s Handmaids Tale

Come join us for a discussion of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tale.


3. september kl. 17:00 i UTC+02

Seminar Room 2, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester

Feminist Reading Group: Patricia Highsmith


9 June, 4:30pm
Seminar Room 2, Ellen Wilkinson

Readings: Carol/The Price of Salt

For readings and more information join
”UoM Feminist Reading Group” on Facebook
or email
Everybody very welcome!

Research Seminar: Anna Dezeuze

AHVS Research Seminar

Dr. Anna Dezeuze

‘Interpretative Delirium': Coincidences, Premonitions and Paranoia in Surrealism and Contemporary Art

2pm, Wednesday 21st March

Room 4.05 Mansfield Cooper Building

All welcome




WJT Mitchell events

This week W.J.T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Professor, University of Chicago, and Editor of Critical Inquiry this semester. A series of events of events have been organised relating to Prof. Mitchell’s visit as the EAC John Edward Taylor Fellow, taking place on 20th, 21st, and 23rd May 2014:

TUESDAY 20 MAY – 11am-1pm Masterclass: ‘Image Science’
Introduced by Dr Ben Ware (EAC)
VENUE: A4 Samuel Alexander Building.
Free and open to all. If you would like to attend this Masterclass please contact
During his masterclass, Prof. Mitchell will discuss a chapter from his forthcoming book, Image Science.

WEDNESDAY 21 MAY – 4-6pm
Public Lecture: Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture
Introduced by Prof Jackie Stacey, followed by a drinks reception
VENUE: Martin Harris Centre, John Casken Lecture Theatre

FRIDAY 23 May – 3-5 pm
Roundtable: ‘Image and Text’
Chaired by Prof Janet Wolff (EAC), with Dr Rupert Cox (Social Anthropology), Prof David Lomas (Art History and Visual Studies) and Prof W.J.T. Mitchell
VENUE: A4, Samuel Alexander Building

Everyone is invited. Apologies if you have already received this information.

His publications include: “The Pictorial Turn,” Artforum, March 1992; “What Do Pictures Want?” October, Summer 1996; What Do Pictures Want? (2005); The Last Dinosaur Book: The Life and Times of a Cultural Icon (1998); Picture Theory (1994); Art and the Public Sphere (1993); Landscape and Power (1992); Iconology(1987); The Language of Images (1980); On Narrative (1981); and The Politics of Interpretation (1984).

For further information please contact

Feminist Reading Group: Simone de Beauvoir, 16 May

The University of Manchester Feminist Reading Group next meetup will be on Simone de Beauvoir

We will be reading the “Intro” and “Conclusion” of “The Second Sex” (1949)

More info:!/events/1469835803249845/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Or email: camilla.rostvik(a)

Everybody very welcome – and bring a friend :)