SEPTEMBER 2020: Speaker at an international conference in London, co-organised by Harvard University and the Courtauld of Art called ‘Prints in their Place: New Research on printed images in their places of production, sale and use’. The conference was cancelled due to Covid. You can read the my abstract here: and the call for papers here: https://emworkshop.fas.harvard.edu/node/1472257
FEBRUARY 2021 delivered a Taster Lecture for students applying to the Art History BA (Hons) course for 2021/2 and 2022/3. The 40 minute talk, called ‘Ruined Landscapes: Catastrophes and Global Warming in Art History’ analysed depictions of ruined landscapes caused by the catastrophic effects of weather, war or natural disaster. Artists discussed included J.M.W. Turner, Albert Bierstadt and Paul Nash and included photographs that document and memorialise landscapes destroyed by global warming.
FEBRUARY 2021 presented a research paper at the Ottoline Club, New College of Humanities, which was held online this year. The paper was called Creative Synergies: News media and graphic satire in the 1740s:
Abstract: The expansion in non-book printing in 18th-century Britain stimulated the development of a fluid and factional market for news and this included graphic satires with political content. Playful yet abstruse, these imaginative designs were pitched to attract and cement politically inclined communities beyond Westminster – to persuade by entertaining. The pictorial logic of the designs exploited the simultaneity of news media, yet their novelty was to merchandise commentary allegorically. If the rise of the newspaper is understood to have offered more reliable sources of political, commercial and foreign ‘intelligence’, how do these assumptions about print culture’s rationality align with the fictive, illusory content of a printed graphic satire?
NOVEMBER 2020 speaker for the Enlightenment Evening at the New College of Humanities, which was held online this year. The paper was on Hans Soane’s Natural History of Jamaica, published in 2 volumes between 1707-1725, thinking about how the print circulated knowledge, new types of understanding but raising questions about how dependable a printed image was, how trustworthy..
SEPTEMBER 2020 speaker at an international conference co-organised by Harvard University and the Courtauld Institute of Art called Prints in their Place: New research on printed images in their places of production, sale and use. The conference was cancelled due to coronavirus but a publication is being planned. You can read the call for papers here: https://emworkshop.fas.harvard.edu/node/1472257
NOVEMBER 2019 invited speaker for the ‘Hogarth’s Moral Geography’ workshop co-organised by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. You can read the abstract here: and see the conference programme here: https://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/whats-on/forthcoming/hogarths-moral-geography
OCTOBER 2019: Radio 4, ‘Start the Week’ with Andrew Marr: to discuss the William Hogarth exhibition at the Sir John Soane’s Museum called: Hogarth Place and Progress. More information can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009r4j
JANUARY 2019: PUBLIC LECTURE, COURTAULD INSTITUTE: ‘James Thornhill Towards an art of our own: James Thornhill and his contemporaries’, public lecture for the 13th season of the Showcasing Art History Lecture Series organised by the Public Programmes department. The theme was Britain in Europe – Encounters in Art: 18th century to 2018
NOVEMBER 2017, EARLY MODERN SATIRE: A THREE DAY CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN: ‘Intermediality and the Political Fable’
JULY 2016, CONFERENCE:MAKING BRITAIN MODERN. CONFERENCE IN CELEBRATION OF PROFESSOR DAVID H. SOLKIN, COURTAULD INSTITUTE OF ART, LONDON. ‘French Disruption: Alterity and the Satirical Print’.
JANUARY 2016, CONFERENCE: ‘ROWLANDSON AND AFTER: RETHINKING GRAPHIC SATIRE’ Invited speaker for a conference organised by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace: ‘Thomas Rowlandson in the 1780s: the double professional route into comic art’.
JANUARY 2016: L’INTRANQUILLITE DE LA CARICATURE, INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE TEL AVIV For the Cultural Services to commemorate the first anniversary of the Charlie HEbdo attacks in Paris 2015. Curated an exhibition on the history of caricature and organised a series of public lectures. Participated in a debate on caricature and freedom of speech.
JUNE 2015: CONFERENCE: L’IMAGE RAILLEUSE – A SATIRE VISUELLE DU 18E SIECLE A NOS JOURS, INSTITUT NATIONAL D’HISTOIRE DE L’ART, PARIS: ‘La Caricature et la déqualification de l’art: le cas de Henry Bunbury (1750-1810) et de Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827).
APRIL 2015: LECTURE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE: ‘The Art of James Gillray and the The French Revolution’
MARCH 2015 CONFERENCE: JAMES GILLRAY@2000: CARICATURIST WITHOUT A CONSCIENCE, OXFORD ‘Gillray’s French jokes: the ‘sick-list’ casualties of the 1790s’.
NOVEMBER 2014: INVITED SPEAKER ON HOGARTH AND PRINT CULTURE, ORGANISED BY THE TATE BRITAIN & THE PAUL MELLON CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN BRITISH ART, LONDON: With 20 scholars from across Europe to establish the parameters of research project and exhibition on Moral Painting and Social Satire
APRIL 2014: LECTURE FOR THE FACULTY OF ART HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE: ‘Cross-Cutting Identities: William Hogarth, Painter, Print-maker and Art Theorist’.
MARCH 2014; CONFERENCE: AVANT-GARDES, FROM DADA TO SURREALISM, BELGRADE: ‘Le Surréalisme transnationalisé’: L’exposition internationale de 1936′
MARCH 2014: LECTURE FOR FACULTY OF LANGUAGES, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE: ‘Moi et ou l’autre: La Comparaison Nationale au 18ème siècle’
APRIL 2013: CONFERENCE:ASSOCIATIONS OF ART HISTORIANS : PANEL ‘THE ART HISTORY OF THE ANIMAL’, UNIVERSITY OF READING: ‘A Fox Without will be a Fox within’: Satire Animality and the French.
FEBRUARY 2013: LECTURE: SHOWCASING ART HISTORY, COURTAULD INSTITUTE OF ART: ‘Defining Beauty in Empirical Terms: Hogarth’s Analysis of Beauty‘.
MAY 2012: SEMINAR: RESEARCH FORUM, COURTAULD INSTITUTE:‘ Self and/or Other: Anglo-French Pairs and Comparisons, 1756-1786