31 Oct 2008 9:30am - 5:30pm CRASSH


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Mary Jacobus (Director, CRASSH)

Introduction by John Bender (English & Comparative Literature, Stanford University)
Michael Marrinan (Art History, Stanford University)

Visualisation plays a crucial part in conveying and constructing knowledge across disciplines and in different media.  Our modern image-driven culture and today's new technologies make it possible to communicate knowledge in increasingly varied and sophisticated ways. But the so-called visual turn in the organisation of knowledge is challenged by the work of John Bender and Michael Marrinan, who argue in The Culture of Diagram (Stanford UP, 2008) that today's visuality has historical precedents. This colloquium explores some of the ways in which past and present visual modes of knowledge cross the humanities and the sciences as well as intersecting with aesthetics.

Confirmed speakers include:

Sher Doruff (Amsterdam School for the Arts)
Howard Caygill (Goldsmith's College)
Christine Guth (Royal College of Art)
Sandra Kemp (RCA)
Roberta McGrath (Napier University)
Simon Schaffer (University of Cambridge)
Alan Short (University of Cambridge)
David Spiegelhalter (University of Cambridge) 

Respondent: Peter de Bolla (University of Cambridge)

There will be a lecture by Professor John Bender and Professor Michael Marrinan at 5pm on Thursday 30 October at CRASSH in connection with this colloquium.  There is no need to register for a place.  All welcome to attend.



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