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Art History in the pub - and beyond

— December 2012

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One of the photos of 'Gitanos' to be discussed by Lara Eggleton

Before the Christmas season is upon us and it gets too cold to leave the house (!) the Association of Art Historians (AAH) would like to remind Cassone readers of the last of 2012’s Art History in the Pub events. On Monday 10 December Dr Lara Eggleton (visiting research fellow and lecturer at the University of Leeds) will be bringing the series to a close with her talk 'Gypsies or Moors? Re-staging Andalusian identity in the nineteenth-century photograph'.

Dr Eggleton will discuss two photographs depicting a group of ‘gitanos’ or Spanish Romany taken in Granada in 1862 by Charles Clifford, British expat and royal photographer to Queen Isabel II. Posed ‘candidly’ within a courtyard of the Alhambra palace in traditional dress and surrounded by their instruments, the Romany ‘types’ are staged in a distinctly ethnographic manner. Significantly, Clifford chose the Court of Lions for his backdrop, the same ‘exotic’ setting where European tourists were often photographed dressed in Arab costume. By situating the Romany musicians within the walls of a crumbling 14th-century Islamic monument, Dr Eggleton argues that he effectively collapsed two very different historical moments and cultural contexts within a single frame.

The event is open and free to all. Please see the AAH website for further details.  

For 2013 the AAH has planned a series of Professional and Career Development Workshops  for Art Historians. The first of these events  will focus on International Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities and will be held in the afternoon (1–5 pm) on 12 February at The Gallery, AAH Headquarters 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ.

This event will provide independent, freelance and early career art historians with invaluable information about international postdoctoral opportunities, and will allow them to liaise in an informal context with funding body professionals and advisors. The workshop will include presentations from three visiting speakers, each followed by a Q&A and discussion relating to eligibility and application procedures. Following presentations, refreshments will be provided and participants will have a chance to ask further questions and discuss individual proposals within smaller specialized groups. A printed hand-out from each presentation will also be made available on the day.

Speakers include: Dr Ian Lyne (Associate Director of Programmes, Arts and Humanities Research Council), Emma Carey (Former European Advisor, UK Research Office), Maggie Credland (European Funding Administrator, Research and Innovation Service, University of Leeds). 

To book visit the AAH website. AAH members £40; non-members £55. Please note, this workshop is open to all but spaces are limited to 30.

Lastly, booking is now open for the 39th annual AAH conference and book fair, to be held at the University of Reading. Reduced conference fees are available for early bookings  up until 1 March.

The AAH wishes all Cassone’s readers a lovely festive break,

Association of Art Historians
, 70 Cowcross Street
, London EC1M 6EJ
. 020 7490 3211

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Donate £5 directly to the AAH by texting ‘ART40 £5’ to 70070

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