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Glenn Adamson, Head of Research at Victoria & Albert Museum to Visit Kent
The School of English and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, in association with the School of Architecture, are delighted to welcome Glenn Adamson, Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as a visiting professor. He will be on campus on 29th and 30th Novemberand, in addition to running a series of workshops with our students, he will be giving two public lectures:
29th November 3.00-4.00 CREAte Architecture lecture on ‘Substance Abuse: Postmodernism and the Image of Architecture’ Eliot, ELT 2
Curating a major exhibition on postmodernism is rather like trying to draw a completely reflective surface, which repels any attempt to verify its contours. Or like Orson Welles, shooting the final scene of The Lady from Shanghai, in which the heroine and the villain of the film are trapped in a ‘magic mirror maze’ at the funhouse. This climactic scene culminates in random gunfire, which brings the myriad images crashing to the floor. In the same way, postmodernism has always presented onlookers with a dizzying refractory play, which resolves only in its collapse, and only in hindsight. In this lecture, Glenn Adamson will trace a somewhat arbitrary route over this heap of fragments, arguing that it was the surfaces of the postmodern era – whether glossy and glamorous, or distressed and dystopic – that constituted its very core.
30th November 5-6 KIASH lecture on 'The Future: A History' Darwin, DLT1
Glenn Adamson's lecture will be the first public unveiling of plans for an exhibition to be held at the V&A in Spring 2016. As he will explain, the project surveys practices of projection and prediction in art and design, from the middle ages to the present day. The show will range widely, from medieval visions of the last judgment through utopian architecture of the enlightenment, nineteenth-century dreams of flight and depictions of future fashions, to prototyping practices in modern industrial design and the latest imaginings of our own future. Throughout, the emphasis is on the leap of insight that occurs when designing something seemingly improbable or impossible.
Glenn Adamson leads the V&A Research Department, working closely with colleagues within the museum and in collaboration with scholars and institutions worldwide. He holds a PhD in art history from Yale University, and was previously curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. Dr. Adamson co-curated (with Jane Pavitt) the exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970 to 1990, which opened at the V&A in 2011. He has also written widely on craft history and theory, in such books as Thinking Through Craft (2007), The Craft Reader (2010), and The Invention of Craft (2012); and has edited numerous publications including the triannual Journal of Modern Craft, the volume Global Design History (co-edited with Giorgio Riello and Sarah Teasley, 2011), and Surface Tensions (co-edited with Victoria Kelley, 2012).
Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME) is an international doctoral programme in early modern studies funded by the European Union under the Erasmus Mundus scheme. It is structured around a unique collaboration between university-based researchers in the Humanities and the cultural and creative sector in four EU countries (United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic). For more information regarding TEEME please click here
Sarah James from the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies has secured funding from the AHRC for a major two-year project focused on the vernacular Elucidarium in medieval England. The Elucidarium was written in Latin in around 1100, and is a text of basic practical theology which rapidly achieved widespread and lasting popularity, being translated into numerous European vernaculars. This project will explore the production and transmission of the text and its manuscripts in English, Anglo-Norman and continental French from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. For Further information please click here
Catherine Richardson from the Canterbury Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies has secured funding from the AHRC for a research network that will investigate peoples’ experience of household life in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – the time in which Shakespeare was writing – and consider how we might use this information to enhance our experience of visiting historic properties in the twenty-first century. For further information please click here