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Visuality of Text: Interdisciplinary approaches to the display of the word

Workshop posterSaturday 20th October 2018, 10:45am- 6pm

IAS Seminar Room, Millburn House, University of Warwick


Featuring discussion with artist John Newling whose work features in the exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land'.

What factors dictated the decision to inscribe certain texts over others, and what happened to a text once it was displayed? Did the fact of its display, and the medium chosen, affect how it was read, or endow it with a different force?

The ‘Visuality of Text’ workshop seeks to explore issues relating to the displaying of text in different periods and cultures from a cross-disciplinary perspective. We will be discussing the display of the word from a variety of viewpoints, including inscriptions and other media in different times and places, from curators who deal with the display of text in a museum or gallery setting to creative practitioners who work on some level with words. Themes we will explore include, but are not limited to, text as art, text as power, the display of texts, the format of texts, and the visibility/durability of texts. The aim is to draw out common themes that unite individuals working on the visuality of texts from different perspectives, and stimulate further discussions of the materiality of texts.

Thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association, we have a limited budget with which to reimburse postgraduate students the cost of travel. Please contact Nick at attaching any ticket reservations you have made by 29th September 2018. Awards will be given on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of your email contact. In addition to this, Please bring a completed copy of the reimbursement form on the day along with proof of ticket reservation (booking confirmations, etc.) and these will be collected by the organisers.

For enquiries and to express an interest in attendance, please contact Nick Brown at

Link to registration in top right.


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