This one day conference will take place on 29 March at The Open University, Milton Keynes, from 9.30 – 17.00.

For over 40 years, the Open University’s Art History department offered a succession of courses in the history of modern art, drawing on its pioneering, world-class which helped position the OU as a leader in developing an innovative, influential curriculum for the understanding of modern art, and led to publications such as the indispensable anthology Art in Theory. The conference will explore the impact of OU art history courses and broadcast media, critically assessing how they inspired successive generations of undergraduate students by involving them directly in current – often closely fought – debates about modern art.

Eminent scholars in the field, all contributors to OU courses over those 40 years, have been invited to speak to a range of connected topics outlined in the programme below.

Acknowledging the importance of looking forward as well as back, we will also consider the state of the discipline now within the changing landscape of Higher Education provision and the urgent need to engage a wider demographic with understanding modern and contemporary art.

Outline programme with chairs and invited speakers

Keynote speakers: T J Clark (opening keynote) and Briony Fer (closing keynote)

Introduction Gill Perry

Opening Keynote: T J Clarke

Session 1 A radical textbook for art history?

Steve Edwards, Gail Day, Joanne Crawford, Barry Venning

Session 2 Identity: Gender & queering the discipline

Amy Charlesworth, Fionna Barber, Gavin Butt

Session 3 Art history on the ‘University of the Air’

Veronica Davies, Anne Wagner, Nick Levinson, Warren Carter

Session 4 A global art history?

Paul Wood, Warren Carter

Closing keynote: Briony Fer

For further information, please email co-organisers Amy Charlesworth  and Veronica Davies:

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