Date: 24 – 27 May 2020
Venue: Stedelijk Museum & University of Amsterdam
Coordinator: Dr Sophie Berrebi
Open to: RMa students who are a member of OSK, (R)MA and PhD Auditors from the UvA or other Dutch universities are, however, also welcome
Credits: 6 EC
Instruction language: English
Registration: Send a CV and brief letter of motivation to Dr Sophie Berrebi (S.Y.Berrebi@uva.nl). Indicate if you would like to follow the seminar as an auditor or as a 6 EC tutorial (limited to 8 students). Application deadline: March 25.
In May 2020 RMA and PhD students in Art History and related fields will have the unique opportunity to participate in the Visiting Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art seminar, sponsored by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), the OSK, and the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
The aim of the Visiting Fellow in the History of Modern and Contemporary Art seminar is to provide MA students with the opportunity to study a single or a cluster of topics in twentieth and twenty-first century art history and become acquainted in the work of a strong and singular voice in the field through an intensive one-week workshop.
The seminar will introduce students to important issues in the study of modern and contemporary art and furnish students with a stimulus for further research. Its aim is to further knowledge in art history by introducing them to the work of a leading scholar and their thinking. In this way, it both delivers factual information on one or several topic, but more crucially, it encourages students to understand and practice different methodologies and theories within recent art history.
This year’s Visiting Fellow is Prof. Sarah Wilson (Courtauld Institute of Art, London). Sarah Wilson is an art historian and curator whose interests extend from post-war and Cold War Europe and the USSR to contemporary global art. She was educated at the University of Oxford (BA English Literature) and at the Courtauld, where she took her MA and PhD degrees.
The visiting fellow will consist in a public lecture at the Stedelijk Museum on 24 May followed by three thematic seminars on 25, 26 and 27 May, and a public lecture on 27 May at the RKD in Den Haag. The overall theme of the fellowship is encounters between practice and theory, cultures and geographic areas, and between different forms of artistic practice from the 1960s to the present. Authors and artists discuss will include Jacques Derrida’s writings on literature and art, the work of Sheila Hicks read through that of Claude Levi-Strauss, Roland Barthes, and Daniel Dezeuze in China.
Sunday 24 May: Lecture at Stedelijk Museum
Cristobal’s Trapeze: unravelling Sheila Hicks with Lévi-Strauss
25, 26, 27 May : seminars at UvA
Seminar 25 May: How the history of art unfolds in my life…
Seminar 26 May: Derrida reading: from Jean Genet to Valerio Adami
Seminar 27 May: RB BR: Barthes writes Bernard Requichot
Wednesday 27 May: Lecture at RKD, Den Haag
Confucius to Mao, Mao to Confucius: Militant abstraction and China in the work of Daniel Dezeuze
Furthermore, one preparatory meeting (3 hours) will take place on 30 April, 15 -18, at UVA. Students will be supplied with a list of readings in advance. These will introduce the material and issues of the seminar and are required, whether you are taking the seminar for credits or not (see below). Room number tba.
The Visiting Fellow seminar can be followed as a 6 EC tutorial (limited to 8 students). The number of places for non-UvA RMA OSK students who wish to follow the course for credits is limited. On the basis of the readings supplied, tutorial students will be expected to develop a research question and proposal, plus a bibliography on their chosen topic for a 4,000-5,000 word paper (exact length will be specified during the course), on which their grade will be based. The proposal for the paper will be discussed with the course’s teacher Dr. Sophie Berrebi. The deadline for the paper will be Monday 22 June, 5 pm (by electronic submission).
Whether you are taking the course for credits or as an auditor, send a CV and brief letter of motivation to Dr Sophie Berrebi (S.Y.Berrebi@uva.nl).. Indicate if you would like to follow the seminar as an auditor or as a 6 EC tutorial (limited to 8 students).