School of English

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Bann (CBE, FBA)

is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. His extensive interests encompass the avant-garde, postmodern media and installation art, land art and landscape theory, museum history and theory, Historical representation in painting and other visual media, nineteenth-century print culture (France and Britain), and English art criticism (Hazlitt, Pater, Stokes). His many publications include Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey (with Linda Whiteley; 2010); Ways around Modernism (2007); The Reception of Walter Pater in Europe (editor; 2004) Jannis Kounellis (2003); Parallel Lines: Printmakers, Painters and Photographers in Nineteenth-Century France (2001); The Sculpture of Stephen Cox (1995); The Inventions of History: Essays on the Representation of the Past (1990); The Clothing of Clio - A Study of the Representation of History in Nineteenth-century Britain and France (1984); Heroic Emblems (Co-author with Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1977); The Tradition of Constructivism (Editor/translator: 1989); Russian Formalism (co-editor, 1972); Experimental Painting - Construction, Abstraction, Destruction, Reduction (1970).

Ileana Pintilie

is an art historian and art critic, Professor at the West University, Faculty of Fine Arts in Timisoara, and freelance curator. She has curated many one-person and group exhibitions in Romania and abroad, notably the International Festival of Performance Art Zone (; other exhibitions have included Romanian participation at the New Icon Biennial of Cetinje (Montenegro, 1997);  Body and the East, Ljubljana (1998); Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937, Kunstforum, Viena, Getty Museum, Los Angeles (1999-2001); “Kontakt…Works from the Collection of Erste Bank Group”, MUMOK, Viena (2006), Beyond the frontiers: Romanian and Scottish artists in Richard Demarco’s Archive, Contemporary Art Gallery, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu (2007); Space For New Dialogue, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad (2008); and Subversive Practices:  Art under Conditions of Political Repression in 60s - 80s / South America / Europe, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2009).

Her published works include Actionism in Romania During the Communist Era (2000), and with Roxana Nubert the volume Mitteleuropäische Paradigmen in Südosteurop: Ein Beitrag zur Kultur der Deutschen im Banat (2006), Timişoara between Tradition and Modernit:. Artistic Pedagogy in the 20th century (2006); and Ştefan Bertalan (2011).

Neil Cox

is Professor of Art History at the University of Essex, England. He is a specialist in twentieth-century art in France with strong philosophical and theoretical interests including existential phenomenology (Bergson, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty). He is currently working on a book project with the working title Violence as Culture: A Surrealist History of Art. He has curated several major exhibitions: A Picasso Bestiary (1995), Constable and Wivenhoe Park (2000) and In the Presence of Things, Four Centuries of European Still Life, Part II, 1840-1955 (2011-12). Publications include Marcel Duchamp (1999), Cubism (2000) and The Picasso Book (2010). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Research Forum of the Courtauld Institute.

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