School staff and students speak at 'Art and Presence' conference
On the 15 – 16 September 2017, a group of PhD students and academics from the School attended the 'Art and Presence' conference at the University of Southern Denmark, which brought together academics from architecture, philosophy, anthropology, literature and museum studies.
Sandra Dudley, Head of our School, gave a keynote lecture on the potential of ‘displaced’ objects in museums to influence powerful encounters between people and things. On the same day, our PhD student Oonagh Quigley talked about how objects can be used to connect museum visitors with time, place and other people.
On the second day, former PhD student Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert discussed how art museum visitors use photographic devices to richly mediate their gallery experiences. Our Teaching Fellow Jen Walklate also gave an insightful presentation about an application of literary concepts in understanding presence in museums.