Week in Review – 18 December

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This week’s Week in Review post is very much a mixed bag of journals, blog posts, exhibitions, books, CFPs, and prizes.

First up, is the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition, Shakers and Movers: Selections from the Collection of Dr. Thomas and Jan Pavlovic, which is on from December 2016 until the Fall of 2017. Exploring the relationship between religious experience and making, the exhibition considers Shakers in the larger context of American furniture production. I was also interested to read about the Werkbund Archive – Museum of Things’ exhibitionObject Lessons: The Story of Material Education in 8 Chapters, which ‘recounts the story of learning with, about, and through materials in eight chapters: in science, at school, in commerce, craft, and at home, in novels and movies, in the archive and on the Internet’. The exhibition runs until April 2017.

I’m hugely excited by the new special issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, which focuses on ‘The Arts and Feeling‘, and promises to be an important contribution to the history of emotional objects. Read online here.  I was also intrigued to see that the first issue of the peer-reviewed journal Art History Pedagogy & Practice has now been published, which includes articles on ‘Looking Beyond the Canon: Localized and Globalized Perspectives in Art History Pedagogy’ and ‘De-Centering “The” Survey: The Value of Multiple Introductory Surveys to Art History’. As many regular readers will know, I’m hugely passionate about having conversations over the the idea of canonicity and its worth in doing and teaching history of art, so I can’t wait to read this.

A number of forthcoming events, books, and prizes will interest those doing work on the Romantic period. These include the newly instated British Association for Romantic Studies First Book Prize; Andrew Burkett’s new book Romantic Mediations; the London & Southeast Romanticism Seminar on ‘Romantic Novels 1817’; and the 2017 Wordsworth Winter School, on ‘Wordsworth and Friendship’, held at Rydal Hall in February.

The following CFPs also caught my attention:

The CFP for the Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850) conference (King’s College, London)

The CFP for the Design and Displacement conference (New York, 7-8 April 2017)

The CFP for the fascinating-sounding Writing Impressionism Into and Out of Art History
conference (London, 3-4 November 2017)

And finally, the CFP for the University of York’s Powerful Emotions / Emotions & Power c. 400-1850 conference, which looks fantastic and immediately follows the International Society for Social and Cultural History’s annual conference, which in 2017 similarly focuses on emotion. 

I also read a number of fascinating blog posts on gender and sexuality this week, including: Felicity Nussbaum’s postCROSS-DRESSING ACTRESSES: INTO THE BREECHES‘, Victoria Russell’s post on Notches Blog on ‘The Romantic Concept of Psychological Androgyny‘, and (following last week’s recommendation for the Age of Revolutions blog’s recent series on alcohol and revolution) Dr Margery Masterson’s postPunch drunk: Social drinking, masculinity and Empire‘, on the Imperial Measure’s blog (a whole project examining Alcohol, Health & Medicine in Colonial India).

Finally, I noted that there were a number of fascinating-sounding books available for review at the Journal for the Study of Radicalism – get in touch with the editor if you’re interested.


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