Conference | Digital Art History: Practice and Potential

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on August 19, 2017

From the Paul Mellon Centre:

Digital Art History: Practice and Potential
Paul Mellon Centre and the Courtald Institute of Art, London, 11 October 2017

Organized by Hana Leaper, Sophie Hatchwell, and Fern Insh

The first conference of the Early Career Researchers in British Art Network in partnership with The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Digital Art History Research Group (#DAHRG) and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art

This conference, organised under the auspices of the Early Career Researchers in British Art Network, and Digital Art History Research Group (#DAHRG), provides a platform for Early Career Researchers engaged or interested in digital art history to showcase their work, develop skills, and think broadly about how digitisation can innovate, challenge convention, and inform art-historical practice.

In recent years, academics and institutions engaged in the Digital Humanities have brought together new technologies with historical research and scholarship. As a result, departments and institutions dedicated to the study of the Digital Humanities are becoming increasingly commonplace. Concurrently, art historians have sought to define what Digital Art History is, with eminent scholars such as Johanna Drucker and Diane M. Zorich interrogating its place within disciplinary practice and theory and many conferences and publications devoted to specifically defining what Digital Art History means. By inviting an emergent generation of scholars together, this conference intends to move beyond defining Digital Art History. Instead, we consider how digital technology integrates with and enhances art historical methodologies and theories in today’s digital world.

Convened by Dr Hana Leaper (Paul Mellon Centre), Dr Sophie Hatchwell (University of Bristol), and Dr Fern Insh (Courtauld Institute of Art)


9.30  Registration and introduction at the Paul Mellon Centre

10.00  Panel 1 | Practice: Exploring the Nexus of Digital Technologies and Art Historical Research
• Élodie Gössant, Reconstructing a Lost Country House: The Case of Erlestoke Park (Wiltshire)
• Phillippa Plock and Colette Warbrick, Digital/ized Art History at Waddesdon Manor
• Shu-Chi Shen, Revisualising, Reconstruction and Recreation: The Case Study on a Digital Exhibition in the National Palace Museum

11.30  Break

12.00  Panel 2 | Potential: Evolution and Synthesis of Art Historical Methodologies
• Nirmalie Alexandra Mulloli and Christina Bartosch, Exhibitions of Modern European Art, 1905–15: Building Metadata to Reveal Artist Exhibition Strategies and Advance Theoretical Possibilities of Exhibition Spaces
• Ricarda Brosch and Adam Knight, The Quantitative Turn: Big Data Ethics in Digital Art History
• Rosário Salema de Carvalho and Inês Aguiar, Match! Image recognition issues on Az Infinitum: Azulejo Indexation and Referencing System

1.30  Lunch

1.30  Workshop Session
• Fern Insh, App Building for History and Heritage

3.30  Break

4.00  Roundtable Discussion
• Early Career Researchers’ Role in Developing Digital Practice

6.00  Lecture, at the Courtauld Institute of Art
• Emma Stanford, The Art of Losing: A Wishlist for Responsible Digitization

7.15  Reception

Abstracts are available here»






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