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Digital Art History Keynote Lecture & Workshop

October 20, 2020 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The UBCO Art History and Visual Culture Speaker Series aims to explore issues that currently face the field. For the inaugural series, the timely theme of digital art history is investigated through a collection of talks and workshops presented by international scholars who are critically engaging with the digital turn in the humanities.

LECTURE – Beyond the Perspectival Paradigm: Digital Challenges to Art History

Date: Tuesday, October 20th
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join us as Stephen Whiteman, senior lecturer in the Art and Architecture of China at The Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, gives a virtual talk on the combination of formal and comparative analysis and digital tools to explore the mathematical and technical means by which perspective was adapted and incorporated outside Europe. By countering Eurocentric assumptions, Whiteman suggests ways in which digital tools both allow and compel re-examination of core art historical questions and cultural assumptions, advancing decentered understandings of the past and present.

WORKSHOP – Generative Landscapes: Sources, Stratigraphy, and Close Reading in Early Modern China and Beyond

Date: Thursday, October 22nd
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This online workshop will explore objects of historical enquiry, landscapes and the environment through the lens of one particular eighteenth-century imperial estate, focusing on digital mapping as a medium for engaging disparate sources in reconstructing design and use of the site. Seeking to extend the idea of object-centered research to spatial analysis, the workshop invites discussion of how landscapes may be engaged to generate their own stories, and how this, in turn, may aid in countering dominant narratives in our studies of art and architecture.

Both the lecture and workshop are free and open to the public. 

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October 20, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Talk/Lecture, Workshop/Course
Arts and Humanities, Student Learning
Community, Faculty, Staff, Students