For many years the History of Art Department has organized an interdisciplinary symposium engaging scholars across the University of Oxford for a day of talks about the role of images and material objects in their research. This year, while we all adjust to working and studying at home, we will hold Image and Object remotely, with brief presentations from academic staff about their ongoing work.
We’ve asked members of the History of Art Department to share brief, five-minute presentations on a single image, object, or idea. What questions does an image open for exploration? What is the role of the object in art historical inquiry? Encompassing case studies from book projects to examples that are ready-at-hand during lockdown—the images we hang on our walls and objects we display in our homes—these talks will reveal the range of approaches encompassed by the History of Art Department. Each week a new presentation will be posted online. We hope they share the diversity of interests within the History of Art Department and demonstrate how art history at Oxford continues despite current events.