This Public Forum and Continuing Professional Development Seminar take up the theme of art and agency through a study of the works of nineteenth-century women artists and writers within the colonial context of England and Australia. With specific attention to the novels of Jane Austen (1775–1817) and bird illustrations of Elizabeth Gould (1804–1841), the two talks explore current philosophical and political issues raised by contemporary re-interpretations of earlier texts.
In the case of Austen, Spencer Jackson’s seminar examines Austen’s recent enthusiastic reception by alt-right neo-Nazi factions and in that of Gould, Sushma Griffin’s presentation investigates Gould’s legacy of vitality and temporality in the contemporary post-humanist aesthetics of contemporary Australian artist Samuel Leach.
Art and Agency in the Nineteenth Century: Re-reading Austen and Gould
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Saturday 7 October
Bookings: By Wednesday 4 October to firstname.lastname@example.org
Caloundra Regional Gallery
Free. Booking essential. Complimentary afternoon tea from 3.00 pm.
Spencer Jackson is a Postdoctoral Fellow in The University of Queensland Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA, and he specialises in eighteenth-century British literature and critical theory. His work has appeared in journals such as Studies in Romanticism, Substance, and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. He has recently completed a book, titled God Made the Novel, on the intersection of theology and politics in seventeenth-through nineteenth-century British Literature.
Sushma Griffin is Project Officer at The University of Queensland Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is also a PhD Candidate in Art History in the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland. Her thesis examines the relation between nineteenth-century photography, epistemics and Indian philosophies of visuality. Her work has been published in the Transformations Journal of Media and Culture and The Asian Art Society of Australia Review.
Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra
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