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Visualising Colonial Spaces: British Women’s Responses to Empire

Saturday 11th January 2014, University of Warwick

(IAS Seminar Room, Millburn House)


Conference Organisers: Dr Rosie Dias (History of Art, University of Warwick) and Dr Kate Smith (History, UCL)

Keynote Speakers : Professor David Arnold (Emeritus, University of Warwick) and Dr Caroline Jordan (La Trobe University)

In recent years scholars working in the field of British art history have increasingly broadened their approach to include transnational and imperial topics. Despite such interest, however, little attention has been paid to the gendered nature of such artistic productions. The majority of research on Anglo-Indian visual culture for example, has focused upon work created by men and as yet little research has considered the role of women in the creation and dissemination of visual and material culture. Visualising and Materialising Colonial Spaces: Female Responses to Empire demonstrates the significance of women’s cultural productions upon ideas of empire at home and abroad by examining the rich visual and archival sources created by British women in imperial spaces. It examines the paintings, sketches, writings, collections, and objects that women created to capture and record their experiences of empire. In doing so it questions the role women played in constructing particular understandings of and narratives about imperial experiences in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

For further information, please email Rosemarie dot Dias at warwick dot ac dot uk



Funding generously provided by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the University of Warwick Humanities Research Centre, and the Royal Historical Society.

[image, left: William Hodges, Storm on the Ganges with Mrs Hastings near the Rocks of Colgong, 1790. Oil on canvas. Yale Center for British Art.]