Robert Nelson, Robert Lehman Professor or History of Art at Yale University, will be the featured speaker and respondent at the Seventh Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Symposium, titled “The Anxiety of Influence and Appropriation,” to be held on campus Friday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium schedule is posted at http://www.brynmawr.edu/gradgroup/schedule.html
The Graduate Group Symposium offers an interdisciplinary engagement of thievery, appropriation, and influence as creative strategies, during which selected graduate students from around the country will deliver papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
This year’s symposium will feature a round-table discussion titled “A Consideration of Disciplinary Concerns,” on Friday afternoon. Nelson’s Saturday-morning opening remarks will be followed by four sessions of presentations:
- Looting: Rethinking Loss of Ownership
- Copyright Infringement: Rethinking Loss of Originality
- Identity Theft: Rethinking Loss of Identity
- History as Theft: Rethinking Derivation, Eclecticism, and Narrative
Nelson is a specialist in medieval art of the Eastern Mediterranean, but his concerns, say symposium organizers, extend to “a broader discourse on the history and methods of art history.” His books include Hagia Sophia 1850-1950: Holy Wisdom Modern Monument (2004) and Later Byzantine Painting: Art, Agency, and Appreciation (2007). As co-editor of Critical Terms for Art History (2003), Nelson authored the entry on appropriation.
More information about the Graduate Group Symposium, including the event schedule, individual presentation topics, times, and locations, can be found at http://www.brynmawr.edu/gradgroup/symposium.html.