Call for Papers | Risk, Crisis, Speculation, 1500-1800

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 6, 2012

The upcoming Santa Barbara conference on Risk, Crisis, and Speculation is supported — at least for Santa Barbara graduate students — with an course on the subject from the English Department:

ENGL 231: Early Modern Risk (Fall 2012) (Graduate)
Inspired by the ‘Speculative Risk’ programming of last year, this course will pursue the topic of risk in early modern England. In most contemporary discussions of the topic, risk is correlated with modernity. In this course we will address the emergence of some modern conceptions of risk in early modern economic practice and political theory. We will also explore premodern cognates to the notion of risk in concepts like chance and hazard, contingency and calculation, uncertainty and exposure to loss. In our inquiry into early modern risk, we will read More’s Utopia, Bacon’s New Atlantis, book two of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, and Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and The Winter’s Tale. In the course of our conversation we will also touch on the thought of Aristotle, Augustine, Luther, Hobbes, Blumenberg, Derrida, and Butler as we discuss topics ranging from utopian desire and societal engineering to the rise of speculative capitalism and insurance, from the dangers of maritime trade and metaphors of shipwreck to moral philosophy and the technologies of the self, from the hazards of transformative reading and religious conversion to hospitality, affective calculation, and the madness of decision.

While the topic is framed with a grounding in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the conference extends the theme into the eighteenth century, too.

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Risk, Crisis, Speculation, 1500-1800
Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, 9 February 2013

Proposals due by 2 December 2012

The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara is pleased to announce our twelfth annual conference, Risk, Crisis, Speculation, 1500-1800, which will take place in the McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Our keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Professor Joseph Roach (Yale University). This year’s conference is being hosted in conjunction with a one-day UC multi-campus research group “(w/Shakespeare)” symposium on “Shakespeare & Risk,” which will take place on UCSB’s campus on Friday, February 8th, and feature keynote speaker Professor Richard Halpern (New York University). Conference attendees and presenters are cordially invited to attend both Friday’s and Saturday’s events.

Contemporary discussions of ‘risk’ or ‘speculation’ often identify these concepts as distinguishing features of modern or postmodern societies. In this conference, we seek to explore and investigate early modern English cognates, forebears, and analogues of ‘risk’ (including, but not limited to, ‘hazard’ and ‘venture’). We hope for a range of presentations investigating religious, economic, political, or environmental aspects of risk in early modern literature and history.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: maritime trade and the rise of insurance; mathematics and the early history of probability; civic and political crises and governmental intervention; environmental and social crises (plague, famine, etc.) and their ‘management’; gambling, play, and games of chance; erotic and romantic exposure; religious reform and upheaval; conversion and the specter of apostasy; hermeneutics and reading; the stigma of print and publication; violence and the vulnerability of the body.

Please send abstracts, 250-500 words in length, to EMCconference@gmail.com by December 2, 2012. Feel free to contact Christopher Foley at EMCfellow@gmail.com with specific questions.

Museum News | Serena Urry and Esther Bell Move to Cincinnati

Posted in museums by Editor on November 6, 2012

The Cincinnati Art Museum has just announced two appointments: Serena Urry as Chief Conservator and Esther Bell as Curator of European Painting, Sculpture and Drawings. Bell completed her Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, writing on “Charles-Antoine Coypel: Painting and Performance in Eighteenth-Century France,” under the direction of Mariët Westermann and Mark Ledbury. The press release as noted at ArtDaily (30 October 2012) . . .

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The Cincinnati Art Museum announced Serena Urry as Chief Conservator. Before coming to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Serena served as Senior Conservator of Paintings at the Barnes Foundation, preparing its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection for the historic move to downtown Philadelphia. Prior to that, Serena was Conservator of Paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts where she conserved paintings ranging in date from the 14th to the 20th century. Among the exhibitions she worked on were American Beauty (2002-2004) and Masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts at TEFAF in 2005.

Serena has a B.A. from Tufts University, and a M.A. in art history and a diploma in Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. She was awarded a residency by the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio in 1996, and a fellowship by Save Venice in Venice in 1999-2000. She has lectured and published about many of the conservation projects she has undertaken. “We are so excited to have somebody of Serena’s experience and insights joining the Art Museum. She will be able to build on the terrific work past Chief Conservators have done to make our art shine forth in all its beauty,” says Cincinnati Art Museum Director Aaron Betsky. Serena grew up in the Boston area and holds dual American and Italian citizenship. She has six nephews and nieces in an extended family that stretches from East cost to the West. Serena looks forward to exploring all that Cincinnati has to offer.

The Cincinnati Art Museum also announced Esther Bell as Curator of European Painting, Sculpture and Drawings. Esther received her doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University with a specialization in 17th- and 18th-century European art. She received a Masters in the history of art at Williams College and a bachelor of arts from the University of Virginia. With over ten years of experience in some of the nation’s finest museums, Dr. Bell has worked at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. At the Morgan, she recently organized exhibitions such as Ingres at the Morgan and Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection.

Dr. Bell lived extensively in Paris during her graduate work; she was a Fulbright Scholar with an affiliation at the Musée du Louvre, Paris and a Theodore Rousseau Fellow in Paris in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has delivered lectures in many distinguished international venues such as the University of St. Andrews, Scotland; the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and she has published numerous articles and exhibition catalogues. “Esther brings an enthusiasm to her art history that is positively electrifying. She combines thorough knowledge and expertise with the desire to have everybody share her love of art, and we look forward to her contributions here,” says Cincinnati Art Museum Director Aaron Betsky. Esther is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and enjoys travel, reading fiction, and yoga. She will move to Cincinnati with her husband, Jason, and they look forward to exploring Blue Grass music, Graeter’s, and the local contemporary art scene.

Conference | Domes: Past, Present, and Future

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 6, 2012

From the Architecture, Space and Society Network:

Domes: Past, Present and Future
Cinema, Birkbeck School of Arts, London, 29 November 2012

A symposium exploring continuities and ruptures in the use and meanings of the dome across periods and media.

• Peter Draper, Visiting Professor of History of Architecture, Birkbeck
The Early Exploration of Domes: Typology, Symbolism and Decoration

• Caspar Pearson, Lecturer, Department of Art History and Theory, University of Essex
From Renaissance Urbanism to the Urban Renaissance: Domes and the Making of Cultural History

• Barry Curtis, Emeritus Professor of Visual Culture, Middlesex University, and London Consortium
Utopian Domes: Buckminster Fuller and ‘Spaceship Earth’

• Nick Lambert, Lecturer in Digital Art and Culture, Department of History of Art and Screen Media, Birkbeck
From the CAVE to Fulldome: Virtual Space Returns to its Roots

This event is free, but booking is required.

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