CFP Matrix of Mobility: Networks of Objects and Exchange (4–5 March 2021, Online)

Call for Papers
Deadline: January 11, 2021, 5 PM ET
Eighth Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium
March 4–5, 2021
Matrix of Mobility: Networks of Objects and Exchange
Ngarino Ellis, The University of Auckland
Mohammad Gharipour, Morgan State University
The Graduate Union of the Students of Art (GUStA) at the University of Toronto is pleased to present the Eighth Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium in cooperation with the Department of Art History.
The world is connected by waves of movement and exchange, from land-based and ocean-faring migration to networks of objects and encounters. This symposium seeks to explore the historical and contemporary currents of networked mobility and places of exchange. We invite papers that reflect critically on ideas of geographies, scales, mobility, exchange, navigation, and migration. Papers will ideally engage with the boundaries of disciplines, area studies, and methodologies. We encourage submissions from students and scholars engaging with art and visual and material culture in any period, as well as those considering the visual through the lenses of history, sociology, literary and cinema studies, museum studies, and urban studies.
Examples of research areas include, but are not limited to:
  • Politics of spatiality, networks, and scale
  • Mapping, positionality, and geographical representations
  • Trade and trade routes
  • Ideas, motives, and places of exchange
  • Layered networks and social life of objects
  • Migrations and utopias
  • Culture and historical memory
  • Shared or interactive art and culture between islands
  • Ocean as cultural landscape
  • Seafaring, maritime, and navigation technologies
  • Theorization of postcolonial approaches
  • Technology and new forms of visual culture
The Eighth Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium takes place on March 4–5, 2021. Due to ongoing public health concerns, our symposium is online this year. The symposium sessions are distributed over two days to accommodate speaker schedules and time zones. Speakers have the option of presenting live or submitting a pre-recorded presentation. Presentations are 20 minutes in length, followed by a live discussion period. We will be requesting submissions of completed manuscripts for publication in the symposium proceedings. For more information, please visit the Wollesen Memorial Symposium Website.

Please submit 250-word paper abstracts accompanied by a 100-word bio via the “2021 Wollesen Symposium Submission Form” by Monday, January 11, 2021, at 5 PM ET. If you would like to submit a request for an organized panel session consisting of three papers, please ask all authors in the session to submit individual abstracts (via the submission form linked above), and send us an email ( containing the names and email addresses of all session speakers. Applicants will receive email notification no later than Monday, February 1, 2021.

Eighth Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium (March 4–5, 2021)

Department of Art History

Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto

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Murray Seminar: Power – Friendship – Faith. Christoph Brachmann, 4 November 2020 – 5pm

Click here to register for the Murray Seminar, 4 November 2020

Nowadays located in the backwaters of Eastern France, the monumental Sépulcre in Saint-Mihiel is certainly one of the most remarkable works of sixteenth-century sculpture. Crafted in ca. 1560 by the Lorraine artist Ligier Richier it is among the few artifacts of the region that have attracted art historical interest at all. Mostly scholars interpreted it as a fragment of a much bigger project that included not only an entombment but also a crucifixion and a lamentation. It was assumed that these scenes have remained unfinished because the sculptor—interestingly a Calvinist—had to flee the country for religious reasons in 1564.

In contrast, this talk will reveal that the idiosyncrasies of the indeed highly unusual program have very different reasons. With a surprisingly prominent background, it can be regarded as one of the most sophisticated of the time that contains much more than just a religious message in the context of rising conflicts between Catholics and Protestants. Combining influences of a multitude of prominent artifacts of the period the Sépulcre also becomes almost a key work for the understanding of some important political aspects of sixteenth-century France.

We hope that you can join us.

The History of Art Department,

Birkbeck, University of London

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Covid-19 in Historical Perspective: an ‘in conversation’ series – The Raphael Samuel History Centre

Covid-19 in Historical Perspective: an ‘in conversation’ series

The Raphael Samuel History Centre, in partnership with Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage at Manchester Metropolitan University, invite you to an ‘in conversation’ series on Covid-19 in Historical Perspective.  Building on our first workshop (Doing Public History in Lockdown and Beyond) and bringing together historical experts on health, disease, policy, and more, this series or workshops will explore the many historical perspectives through which we can view, and better understand, the current coronavirus pandemic and the political and cultural responses to it.   In each session, a panel of historians will discuss and reflect upon key questions, comparisons, contrasts, and ‘lessons’ that we might draw upon to help us make sense of the present through an examination of the past.

These virtual events are free and open to all, but registration is essential. Please specify which event(s) you’d like to join. Contact the RSHC administrator Katy Pettit to register:

Please note that all events will be recorded and by joining the event you give your permission to be recorded.

Thursday 12th November, 4.00pm – 5.30pm GMT

The History of Pandemic Responses

What have pandemic responses looked like, and what public health and political tensions have there been, in different times and place?


Matthew McCormack (University of Northampton):  The Pandemic Response in the context of British political history

Matt Vester (West Virginia University):  Pandemic politics during the renaissance

Rosa Salzberg (University of Warwick): Lockdown and early modern Venice

Henry Irving (Leeds Beckett University):  Keep Calm and Carry On: Comms in the Crisis



Thursday 26th November, 5.00 – 6.30pm 

Can we learn any lessons from history?

Can history tell us anything about how to better manage our current crisis?


Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine): Swine flu, HIV/AIDS, and public health in local government

Alex Mold (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine): Behaviour, change, and histories of public health

David Arnold (University of Warwick): The Pandemic in India: Influenza and Covid-19 compared

Guillaume Lachenal and Gaëtan Thomas (Sciences Po, Paris): When history has no lessons




Wednesday 2nd December, 4:00 – 5.30pm

Change and Continuity

How is this pandemic, and our political, social and cultural responses to it, similar from or different to past moments of intense crisis and change?  Can we use history to imagine what life after coronavirus might look like?


Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck, University of London): Consuming at a Distance

Kat Hill (Birkbeck, University of London): Awaiting Apocalypse in historical perspective

Andrew Jackson (Bishop Grosseteste University): The legacies of 1919 and 2020 in the community

Agnes Arnold-Forster (University of Bristol): The long history of health inequalities

These virtual events are free and open to all, but registration is essential. Please specify which event(s) you’d like to join. Contact the RSHC administrator Katy Pettit to register:


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