Week in Review – 16 June

Featured image: Pablo Picasso, Bottle and Glass on a Table, 1912 Charcoal and collage on paper, 61.6 x 47cm. National Galleries of Scotland: Purchased (Henry and Sula Walton fund), 2015. 


Some highlights from the past seven days (including publications, events, exhibitions, blogs, etc.):

First up, we sent out our June newsletter for the Collage Research Network. The newsletter included two blog posts, the first by Dr Patrick Elliott of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, examining the rationale behind their new collage exhibition Cut & Paste: 400 Years of Collage; and the second by Daniel Fountain, about Hannah Höch’s queernesses. We also finalised the programme for our next event, Disrupting Narratives: New Perspectives on Collage, so keep an eye on the CRN site for when that’s published.

Publications-wise, there were new issues of the Journal of Design History (Volume 32, Issue 2), with fun pieces on ‘The ‘Minster’ Jug as a ‘Pet’ Agent of Victorian Design Reform’, and the spring issue of Journal 19, a hugely interesting special issue which ‘brings to new prominence the nineteenth-century women who looked at art, and thought and wrote about it’.

In terms of CFPs, calls were put out for conferences examining the Victorian Caribbean, on transatlantic connections during the same period, on British, Continental, & American Furniture and Interiors, and on Portrait Miniatures: Artists, Functions and Collections. Journal 18 also launched a CFP for a Fall 2020 issue devoted to the year “1720”.

Finally, do take the time to read Catherine Oakley’s important piece, ‘How I left academia‘. It’s a frank, interesting, useful meditation on the realities of both academic life and life after academia.

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