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Nikos Stangos Memorial Lecture

This lecture has been established in memory of Nikos Stangos who was one of the directors and senior commissioning editors for Thames and Hudson publishers.  He was probably the most important art editor of the late 20th century and was responsible for facilitating some of the most ground breaking art books of our generation.  Nikos was a published poet and started his career in London as a poetry editor for Penguin.  He was a philosophy graduate from Harvard and collector and commentator on contemporary art.  He died in 2003.

UCL History of Art Department is pleased to announce the next Nikos Stangos Memorial Lecture:

25 April 2012
Professor Susan Buck-Morss
Seeing Global
6.00pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

Followed by a reception in Wilkins Lower Refectory

We hold the world in our hands today, but only virtually. Modernity’s hoped-for Family of Man remains a body in pieces. The creative forces of the present explode the structures of history, scattering fragments of the past into unanticipated locations. The fragments have multiple affinities that cannot be known beforehand. Their juxtaposition produces unforeseen constellations, providing new readings of the past as a way of charting a different future. The talk will provide exemplary constellations of a global transformation in collective imagination, including recent practices and histories of art.


    • 2011 Professor TJ Clark (Visiting Professor, University of York): “Do Landscapes have Identities?”
    • 2010 Professor Homi Bhabha (Harvard University):  “The Humanities and the Anxiety of Violence”
    • 2009 Professor Jacqueline Lichtenstein (Université Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV):  “The Philosopher and the Art Historian:  An Impossible Dialogue”
    • 2008   Professor Molly Nesbit (Vassar):  “Light in Buffalo; Michel Foucault Lectures on Manet at the Albright-Knox, April 8, 1970”
    • 2007   Okwui Enwezor (Curator): “Incarcerated Life: Contemporary Art and the Security State”
    • 2006   Professor Anne Wagner (University of California Berkeley): “Nauman’s’ Body of Sculpture”
    • 2005   William Kentridge (Artist):  “Reading Shadows:  The Pleasures of Self-Deception”


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The Open University, Milton Keynes
29 – 31 March 2012

Association of Art Historians (AAH) Conference: Aesthetics and Politics (Again?)

Session Convenors:

Alexander García Düttmann, Goldsmiths College,

James Hellings, Teeside University

34 years ago New Left Books published Aesthetics and Politics, collecting together ‘the key texts of the classic debate within German Marxism’ by Adorno, Benjamin, Bloch, Brecht and Lukács. The collections editors (Rodney Livingstone, Perry Anderson and Francis Mulhern), assembled texts with coherent (if almost entirely antagonistic) inter-relationships – in what they refer to as an incomparable ‘tradition of major aesthetic debate’, held between the 1930s and 1950s in ‘Germany (…); the classical land of aesthetic thought inEurope’. The editors subtitles are fantastically revealing of perceived conflict; ‘Bloch against Lukács / Lukács against Bloch’, ‘Brecht against Lukács’, subtle condemnation; ‘Adorno on Lukács’, ‘Adorno on Brecht’ conviviality; ‘Benjamin with Brecht’, and conciliation; ‘Adorno to Benjamin / Benjamin to Adorno’.

Ideological differences over art (and its histories: Realism, Expressionism, Modernism) were the order of the day. But what’s happened to political aesthetics, Marxist or otherwise, since this golden age? Can we still speak of an ‘aesthetic field’ conditioned by ‘the two recurrent poles of all culture still subject to capital’, being either ‘autistically advanced or collusively popular’.

In recent years, Rancière has done most to ‘widen participation’ by opening up Left aesthetics to encompass the people and places who disrupt this either/ or – but (speaking with Eagleton) ‘how are we to receive and appropriate these polemics today?’ Potential contributors are asked to address the tenor of contemporary inter-relationships of aesthetics and politics by re-interpreting the ideas and authors of this past. The panel-session seeks to stage a dialectic of (dis-)agreement.


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Dear All

We would like to make you aware of a Call for Papers which may be of interest.

The panel Feminisms of Multitudes is part of the Association of Art Historians UK Conference in March 2012, for which the paper proposal deadline is 7th November 2011.

More details are available here:

Please circulate widely

All the best
Angela Dimitrakaki, Vicky Horne, Harry Weeks (University ofEdinburgh)

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Marxism and Art


A Conference in Honour of Andrew Hemingway

Saturday 19 June 2010
Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre
University College London

Organisers: Warren Carter and Frederic J. Schwartz

10.00 Introduction

Fred Schwartz (University College London)

10.15 Landscape/Class/Ideology
Chair: Tom Gretton (University College London)

Alan Wallach (College of William & Mary)
“Toward a Social History of Mid-Nineteenth Century American Landscape Painting”

Alex Potts (University of Michigan)
“The Shifting Terrain of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Art Histories”

12.15 Lunch

13.15 Marxism & Modernism
Chair: Warren Carter (University College London)

Gail Day (University of Leeds)
“Realism, Totality, and the Militant Citoyen: Or, What Has Lukacs To Do With Contemporary Art?”

Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, University of London)
Michael Corris (Sheffield Hallam University)
Jody Patterson (Ecole Normale Supérieure)
Barnaby Haran (University College London)

15.15 Tea

15.15 Marxist Historiography & Art History
Chair: Matthew Beaumont (University College London)

Steve Edwards (Open University)
“Forms of History”

Caroline Arscott (Courtauld Institute)
John Roberts (University of Wolverhampton)
Fred Schwartz (University College London)
Fred Orton (University of Leeds)

17.45 Valediction

Pete Smith (Thames Valley University)

18.00 Closing Remarks

Tamar Garb (University College London)

Admission is free and all are welcome, but spaces must be reserved.
Please contact Warren Carter ( by Wednesday 9 June.

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