[Msa-discuss] Tate Research and Conference Opportunities

Matt Huculak matt-huculak at utulsa.edu
Wed Oct 7 12:51:59 EDT 2009

This opportunity should be of interest to many members:


The Sublime Object: Nature, Art and Language

The sublime as concept and cultural practice has played a central role  
in western understanding, engaging aesthetic, spiritual and ethical  
values ranging from the mid seventeenth-century translations of  
Longinus, to Burkean and Kantian sublimes of the proto-Romantic and  
Romantic periods, via nineteenth-century concerns with science and  
theology to recent theoretical writing. However, there is still much  
to be investigated in the spaces between art, language and nature. As  
well as landscape art, this three-year AHRC funded research project  
encompasses philosophy, literature, music, film, theology and science,  
and the complex interactions between these different spheres.

Drawing together a wide range of individuals under the umbrella of  
Tate’s Collection, the aim of this project is to debate and  
collaborate on a series of interrelated events and research activities  
focused on the role of the sublime in our perceptions of the natural  
world. In particular, the project will focus on four areas which  
relate to Tate’s remit in historic, modern and contemporary art: the  
landscape sublime; the sublime in crisis; an Anglo-American sublime;  
and an ecological sublime. Those involved in the investigation will  
include established scholars from a broad range of disciplines,  
including curators, artists, post-graduate students, and museum  
professionals. In order to engage Tate‘s audience closely in the  
exploration of the sublime, the project will encompass displays, a  
‘Tate Sublime’ website, and a diverse range of educational activities,  
directed towards school children, students and the adult community.

Through investigation, the project aims to achieve a greater  
understanding of the ways in which perceptions of the sublime in the  
external landscape are shaped by cultural experiences – through art,  
literature, and ideas communicated through history, philosophy,  
poetry, politics and religion. It is not the objective of the project  
to impose the concept of the sublime upon its audience, but to  
discover through collaboration, whether the sublime remains a  
legitimate and potent concept in the contemporary world.

The project started in June 2007 and continues until May 2010.


14–15 September 2009
The Sublime in Crisis? New Perspectives on the Sublime in British  
Visual Culture 1760–1900
Conference schedule (PDF, 26kb) | Poster (PDF, 300Kb) | Further details
30 November 2009
‘Wrong from the Start’: Modernism and the Sublime
Poster (PDF, 244Kb) | (schedule to be posted here in due course)
For tickets please contact Tate Ticketing Services on tel 020 7887  
8888. Tickets are £15 (£10 concessions)

20 February 2010
‘The Contemporary Sublime, Tate Britain
(poster, schedule and booking arrangements to be posted here in due  

Project team

	• Christine Riding, Tate Britain (Principal Investigator)
	• Dr Alison Smith, Tate Britain (Co-Investigator)
	• Professor Philip Shaw, University of Leicester (Co-Investigator)
	• Dr Peter de Bolla, University of Cambridge (Consultant)
	• Dr Lydia Hamlett (Research Assistant)
	• Rikke Hansen (PhD student)
	• Professor Steven Connor, London Consortium (PhD supervisor)
	• David Buckland and Greg Hilty, Cape Farewell (artist consultants)
Supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council

Matt Huculak
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Webmaster & Consulting Trustee to the
Executive Board, Modernist Studies Association
The University of Tulsa
Dept. of English Language and Literature
800 S Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104

email: matt-huculak at utulsa.edu

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