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The program is now official and registrations are open!
2018 ESNA + Ghent University Conference
Website: http://www.malebonds.ugent.be/

Male Bonds in Nineteenth-Century Art
15-16 May 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium

Organized by Ghent University and the European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA), in cooperation with the University of Antwerp and the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, and with the support of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (OSK) and Radboud University’s Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies.

Male Bonds in Nineteenth-Century Art is a two-day international conference that aims to explore the place of male bonds in nineteenth-century artistic practice and visual arts. Male homosociality – i.e. social relationships between men – helped structure nineteenth-century European and American society. However, over the course of the century changes arose, instigated by the increasingly rigorous conception of same-sex sexualities and by other challenges to traditional notions of manhood.

The conference strives to probe, challenge and expand upon the academic narrative of male homosociality through the lens of art history. It is to establish a multifaceted survey of the male bonds that underpinned nineteenth-century art, and to consider the theoretical and methodological implications of the study thereof. In so doing, it seeks to build a bridge between traditional art-historical scholarship and the fields of gender and gay and lesbian studies: an interdisciplinary exchange of which the full potential for scholarship on the nineteenth century remains to be exploited.

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Rijksmuseum Summer School
Museum Objects as Evidence: Approaches to the Material World
Amsterdam, 9-20 July 2018
Application deadline: 18 March 2018

From 9-20 July 2018 the Rijksmuseum, the University of Amsterdam and the Bard Graduate Center, will collaborate in offering a Summer School with an interdisciplinary focus on object-based research within a museum setting. Experts in the field will provide students with an exclusive and in-depth look behind the scenes in the conservation studios, science laboratories and museum departments where they operate.
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Van Gogh Museum Research Grant
Application deadline: 1 April 2018

The Van Gogh Museum Research Grant enables recent art history graduates to research a subject related to the museum collection for the purpose of a publication.
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Studiedag Historisch Interieur en Ontwerp
Ghent University: 27 April 2018 (Dutch spoken)

De studiedagen Historisch Interieur en Ontwerp willen een forum bieden en een stimulans betekenen voor het wetenschappelijk onderzoek in België naar de geschiedenis van het interieur en design. Hieronder worden verstaan publieke en private historische interieurs, en diverse vormen van designgeschiedenis, gaande van gebruiksvoorwerpen, objets d’art en industrieel design, over grafische vormgeving, tot textiel- en modegeschiedenis.
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The Van Gogh Museum acquired a Portrait of Felix Auerbach, created by Edvard Munch in 1906

The German physicist Felix Auerbach commissioned his portrait from the Norwegian painter in 1906. The work goes on public display for the first time this morning, which marks the 74th anniversary of Munch’s death. The painting is the only Munch portrait in a Dutch collection and this is also the first time it has been shown in the Netherlands.
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Out now: Rachel Esner and Sandra Kister, The Mediatization of the Artist, Palgrave Macmillan 2018

The first book to examine in depth the visual media presence of the artist from the nineteenth century to the contemporary period. Offers perspectives on a wide range of media from the illustrated press to photography, film to popular media and new media.
Available as ebook and hardcover

Out now: Melissa Berry, The Société des Trois in the Nineteenth Century.
The Translocal Artistic Union of Whistler, Fantin-Latour, and Legros
, Routledge 2018

This book reframes the formative years of three significant artists: Henri Fantin-Latour, Alphonse Legros, and James McNeill Whistler. The trio’s coming together as the Société des trois occurred during the emergence of the artistic avant-garde—a movement toward individualism and self-expression.
Available as ebook and hardcover



From Medardo Rosso to Van Gogh & Japan, ESNA rounds up a selection of exhibitions in Europe to visit this spring.

Works of Feeling: Pre-Raphaelite Book Illustration
The Royal Academy of Arts, London
2 January 2018 – 27 April 2018
More information..Les Hollandais à Paris, 1789-1914
Petit Palais, Paris
6 February 2018 – 13 May 2018
More information..Corot. Le peintre et ses modèles
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
8 February 2018 – 8 July 2018
More information..Stairway to Klimt. Eye to Eye with Klimt
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
13 February 2018 – 2 September 2018
More information..With Eyes Closed  – Gauguin and Munch
Munch Museum,

Mission Statement

The European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA) is a platform formed under the auspices of the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis). ESNA was founded by a group of scholars, graduate students and museum professionals based in the Netherlands whose research focuses on European art of the long nineteenth century. ESNA’s aim is to provide a forum to promote the exchange of ideas in this field, to support and encourage graduate research, and to enhance networking opportunities for participants. ESNA seeks to contribute to, and foster debate on, nineteenth-century art through the organization of an annual symposium, workshops, excursions, the invitation of visiting speakers, and the co-ordination with other organizations and groups devoted to the study of the nineteenth century. Although originating in the Low Countries, ESNA aims to create a broad international network for the advancement of research into all aspects of nineteenth-century European art.

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Last update of this website, 23 March 2018



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