2019 Annual Conference

4 – 6 April 2019

The Association for Art History’s Annual Conference presents current, international research and critical debate around art,  art history and visual culture.

Taking place over 3 days, the Annual Conference is an opportunity to engage with new research, hear leading keynotes, broaden networks and exchange ideas. It attracts over 500 international delegates, speakers and publishers each year. Members of the Association for Art History get discount conference rates.


The (expanded) field provides […] for an organisation of work that is not dictated by the conditions of a particular medium. Rosalind Krauss, ‘Sculpture in the Expanded Field’, 1979.

The Association for Art History’s 2019 Annual Conference in Brighton will explore how art history and visual culture are manifest in the everyday, as well as in scholarly and curatorial life. What is art history and visual culture in an expanded field?

The conference will host sessions that think in expanded ways about the materials of art history and visual culture, and the diverse sites and circumstances of its production and circulation. Some connect art histories with pressing topics in humanities, such as the role of migration and its legacies in global histories, and the relation between image and planet. Other sessions encourage reflections on how our activities as writers, educators and theorists enrich and stimulate our professional practices.

There will also be a programme of parallel events, including talks, workshops, visits, screenings and performances. We hope that this conference will provoke and share encounters with art histories and visual cultures in new, diverse dimensions. A full list of sessions and papers will be available from January 2019.

2019 Annual Conference is being convened by a collective of contributors from the University of Brighton, the University of Sussex, and local partners.


Vitalist Modernism Visual Solidarities: Crossing borders in aesthetic practices Urban Dislocations and the Architecture of Diasporas (1900 – present) Uneasy Queer Art Histories The Non-Medium Specificity of ‘Graphicality’ The Artist Interview: An interdisciplinary approach to its history, process and dissemination Survey Style: Landscape photography across the globe Stranger Things: Locating design in science fiction and fantasy films Slowness and Suffering: Critical approaches to temporalities of violence Sexuality in the Field of Encounter: The aesthetic topographies of eros Rereading Photography Theory of the Eighties Recovering the Ritual Object in Medieval and Early Modern Art Public Sculpture in the Expanded Field Pedagogy and Practice in the Long 1960s Occult Performances and Reflections: The everyday occult in visual culture Notate, Document, Score: Body culture & visual culture from Laban to Judson and beyond Modern(ist) Objects? The ‘objet trouvé’ in the 18th and 19th centuries Landscapes of the Everyday Keeping Painting in its Place: The refusal of the expanded field Historiography in the Expanded Field Fugitive Visions: Art and the Eidetic Image From Casting to Coding: Technologies of sculptural reproduction from antiquity to the present ‘Fiction with footnotes’: Writing art history as literary practice Expanding the Ceramic Field in the Long 19th Century Dress and Dissent: Embodying protest ‘Difficult Heritage’ and the Legacies of Empire. Diversifying engagement with material culture in public spaces and museums Diaspora Artists and British Art History: Intervention–integration–expansion Workshop: Decolonising the Curriculum: Creative and practical strategies Danger! Women Reading Culture, Capital, Collaboration: Towards a new educational exchange Critical Pedagogies in the Neoliberal University: Expanding the feminist field in the 21st-century art school Conceptual Cartography: Spatial representations in Conceptual art Building a Planetary Imaginary: Information design, contemporary art, and environmental politics Blood in Modern and Contemporary Art Artistry in the Spaces of Medicine Art Education: The making of alternatives? Art and Xerox Art and Gentrification in the Changing Neoliberal Urban Landscape Art after 1945: At home or homeless? Affective Fashion(s)


Early Bird Tickets (booking before 1 March 2019)
book tickets online via Eventbrite

£300   Early full conf (3 days)

£200   Member early full conf (3 days)

£130   Early Student/Concession full conf (3 days)

£100   Member early student/concession full conf ( 1 – 3 days)

£180   Early day delegate (1 day)

£150   Member early day delegate (1 day)

Free bursary tickets for Doctoral and Early Career Researchers (see below)

Standard Tickets
(booking after 1 March 2019)

£380   Standard full conf (3 days)

£255   Member standard full conf (3 days)

£190   Standard student/concession full conf (3 days)

£155   Member standard student/concession full conf (1 -3 days)

£240   Standard day delegate (1 day)

£220   Member standard day delegate (1 day)

For the 2019 Annual Conference we’ve made available 30 bursary tickets for Doctoral and Early Career Researchers. Applications for bursary tickets must be made before 25 January 2019. Find out how to apply.


Claire Bishop, Professor in the art history department at CUNY Graduate Center, New York

Marcia Pointon, Professor Emerita in History of Art, University of Manchester

Michael Rakowitz, Iraqi American artist and Associate Professor at Northwestern University

Exhibiting & Advertising

The 2019 Annual Conference will offer opportunities for publishers and exhibitors to have stands throughout the conference venue. There will also be opportunities to advertise in the conference programme and include inserts in the delegate packs. View or download information about exhibitor stands, inserts or adverts.

Accommodation & Delegate Information


Registration will take place in the Grand Parade Building on the Grand Parade Campus at the University of Brighton, 58–67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY. All pre-booked delegates will need to register on arrival to pick up a badge, programme and pack.

Registration times:

Thursday 4 April 08.30 – 17.00
Friday 5 April 08.00 – 17.00
Saturday 6 April 08.00 – 15.00

Minimal luggage may be left at Registration, Thurs 08.30 – 17.30, Fri 8.00 – 17.30, Sat 8.00 – 16.00.

Sessions and Keynotes
Sessions will take place in the Grand Parade Building and Edward Street. Campus map.

Conference delegates must book and pay for their own accommodation. We recommend doing so as soon as possible as Brighton is popular and hotels book up quickly. We’ve work with VisitBrighton to make this as quick and easy as possible for delegates.

Special accommodation rates for delegates until 26 March 2019

VisitBrighton is the official accommodation booking provider for delegates and offer specially negotiated rates for delegates. The website will show you a range of accommodation options for the conference dates you require. VisitBrighton will be open for bookings until 26th March 2019 but we advise early booking in order to guarantee your preferred hotel. Through this website you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations at any time.

Other accommodation booking sites:


Tea and coffee will be available during the morning and afternoon breaks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There are plenty of places to get lunch nearby. Delegates should arrange their own evening meals and are encouraged to book tables.


Situated in the county of East Sussex along the south-east of England, Brighton is 90 km from London. Travel links are excellent. The M25/M23 motorway link provides easy road access to London and the rest of the country, while mainland Europe is a short journey by air, train or ship from various departure points.

By Plane
Gatwick international airport is half an hour by road and rail from Brighton. The M23 connects Gatwick to Brighton and the London-Brighton rail link passes through the airport, which has its own station.
Heathrow international airport is on the M25 which connects with the M23 at junction 7. There is a direct coach link to Gatwick or you can take the underground from Heathrow to London Victoria.

By Car
The Grand Parade site is in Brighton city centre. The site is easily accessible on foot, bike and public transport. Car parking in the area is limited.

From London: the M25/M23 link provides road access from London and the rest of the country.
From east and west: the A27 and the A259 provide access to Brighton. The A259 runs along Brighton seafront.

From the A23 or A27: Follow signs for the city centre and seafront. As you enter the city, a one-way system will lead you towards the sea via Grand Parade. The university’s Grand Parade building is on the left, almost opposite the Royal Pavilion. Due to the site’s central location, car parking is extremely limited. There are a number of signposted NCP car parks located nearby.

Due to the site’s central location, car parking is extremely limited. There are a number of signposted NCP car parks located nearby at NCP Brighton Theatre and NCP Brighton Centre Russell Road.

By Train
National Rail Enquiries for train times and bookings. Please note, that there are planned engineering works on the Brighton mainline scheduled for Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April (this will also effect trains to and from Gatwick). Check the timetables for these dates as it’s anticipated that travel will take longer.

Train journey times
• Brighton to London Victoria: 55 minutes
• Brighton to London Gatwick Airport: 30 minutes
• Brighton to Eastbourne: 35 minutes
• Brighton to Hastings: 1 hour
From Brighton railway station: the entrance to Trafalgar Street is on the right-hand side of the station as you leave and it runs under the station entrance area and down the hill. Follow it to the bottom of the hill and then turn right onto Grand Parade. Cross to the other side of Grand Parade and keep walking towards the sea. The university’s Grand Parade building is on the left, opposite Victoria Gardens before you get to the Royal Pavilion.

By Bus
Grand Parade’s central location places it at the heart of the Brighton and Hove bus network and makes it easy to reach the site from any area of the city.
Visit the Brighton and Hove Bus Company website for timetables.


By Coach
National Express coaches depart for Brighton from London Victoria coach station 18 times a day.
Megabus coaches depart for Brighton from London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports several times a day.

By Bike
The city centre cycle lane network provides easy access to the Grand Parade site. Cycle stands are provided at the rear of the Grand Parade, off William Street. There is a cycle cage in front of the Circus Street Annexe, accessed via Kingswood Street.

AV and Printing

All session rooms will include an overhead projector with screen. Sound and internet will be available in all session rooms. WiFi will be available via the Cloud and Eduroam.
Speakers should bring their presentation on either a USB drive and use Powerpoint or equivalent (and a printed copy if necessary). Additional technical requirements must be confirmed with the Conference Coordinator by 10 March 2019. We cannot guarantee access to a printer or photocopier on site.

Other Useful Information & FAQs

Conference proceedings may be photographed and filmed for media use by the Association for Art History, University of Brighton and University of Sussex, but you will be able to opt out of photographs should you wish. You can find out how we collect and use your data via our terms and conditions page.
You can find more FAQs, including cancellation policies, on the Eventbrite page.