Theories and Uses of Light in British Arts of the 19th and 20th centuries, June 20th-21st, Université Paris Diderot

Theories and Uses of Light in British Arts of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Martin Creed, Work No. 227, The lights going on and off , 2000.


Friday, June 20th – Room 165, Olympe de Gouges building.

9.15 Welcome address.

9.30 – 10.00 Introduction – Sarah Gould and Diane Leblond (University Paris Diderot).

10.00 – 11.10 Painting in literature: writing the experience of colour.

Chair: Dr. Naomi Toth (University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)

10.00-10.25 Heidi Liedke (University of Freiburg), ‘Of Golden Lights and Living Lights: The Role of Color and Light in Anna Mary Howitt’s and Isabella Bird’s Travel Writing’

10.25-10-50 A’icha Kathrada (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle), ‘Virginia Woolf, l’impressionnisme littéraire et les jeux de lumière’

11.10 – 11.30 Tea break

11.30 – 12.40 Light, science, visibility and representation: complex patterns of interaction.

Chair: Dr. Lily Hibberd.

11.30-11.55 Dr. Greta Perletti (University of Trento), ‘“That fine edge of light”: The Medical Gaze and the Construction of the Transparent Body in Late Nineteenth-Century culture’

11.55-12.20 Dr. David Leblond (Centre de physique théorique, Ecole Polytechnique), ‘The Colours of physics : uses of light and colour in the construction of a representation’

12. 40 – 14.30 Lunch break

14.30 – 16.10 Sciences of light, technologies of light, and the literary imagination

Chairs: Dr. Estelle Murail, Diane Leblond (University Paris Diderot)

14.30-14.55 Richard Leahy (University of Chester), ‘Nineteenth Century Light: Candles and their Associations in the Works of Wilkie Collins, Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens’

14.55-15.20 Clare Stainthorp (University of Birmingham), ‘From “rays of glory” to “a more practical light” in Constance Naden’s poetry’

15.20-15.45 Dr. Greg Lynall (University of Liverpool), ‘“Sun’s self made palpable to Man!”: solar technologies across the long twentieth century’

16.10 – 16.30 Tea break

16.30 – 17.30 Keynote: Pr. Cristiano Ciuti (laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques, University Paris Diderot), ‘Quantum fluids of light’

Saturday, June 21st, Room 165, Olympe de Gouges building.

9.30 – 10.40 Uses of light in painting: scientific knowledge and political practices.

Chair: Sarah Gould (University Paris Diderot)

1.30-9.55 Pr. Robert Robbins (The Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio), ‘Turner’s Attack with Fire and Smog’

9.55-10.20 Talia Kwartler (Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York), ‘Illuminated Portraits: Walter Sickert’s Transformation of Elsie Swinton as Model and Subject (1903-1906)’

10.40  –  11.00 Tea break

11.00 – 12.40 Capturing, projecting and sculpting light, from the 19th century to the 21st.

Chair: Pr. Catherine Bernard (University Paris Diderot)

11.00-11.25 Dr. Marion Duquerroy (post-doctoral researcher, Labex CAP, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art), ‘Les sculptures d’ombre de Tim Noble & Sue Webster’

11.25-12.25 Keynote: Lily Hibberd, writer and artist, Doctor of Philosophy (Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Australia), ‘Flashback: eye, mind and light’.

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