J. M. W. Turner: State of the Field symposium

J. M. W. Turner: State of the Field symposium

Yale Center for British Art

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Staffa, Fingal’s Cave, 1831–32. Oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

September 8, 2023
J. M. W. Turner: State of the Field symposium
September 22–23, 2023
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This two-day online symposium will consider the state and meaning of scholarship on J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), one of Britain’s most celebrated artists. Thinking through the extensive Turner historiography, this symposium will explore some of the key ideas, underlying assumptions, and future directions of research. Panelists will consider the place of their research within the broader field of British studies.  

This symposium will take place online on Friday, September 22, and Saturday, September 23. Please visit our website for more details and the full schedule. 

To join us on Friday, register here. To join us on Saturday, register here

Schedule (All times Eastern US time)

Friday, September 22, 2023
Courtney J. Martin, Yale Center for British Art 

9:10–9:25am: Introduction: Turner in 2025 at the Yale Center for British Art
Lucinda Lax, Yale Center for British Art 

9:25–10:25am: Keynote Conversation 
Amy Concannon, Tate Britain, in conversation with Richard Johns, University of York, moderated by Tim Barringer, Yale University

10:35–11:55am: Panel 1: Works on Paper and in the Environment
Tobah Aukland-Peck, CUNY Graduate Center; Frédéric Ogée, Université Paris Cité; and Gillian Forrester, independent scholar

12:05–1:25pm: Panel 2: Sharing Turner
Joyce Townsend, Tate Britain; Ian Warrell, independent scholar; David Hill, University of Leeds; and Turner cataloguing staff, Tate Britain 

Saturday, September 23, 2023

9:05–10:05am: Panel 3: Early Turner
Leo Costello, Rice University, and John Bonehill, University of Glasgow

10:15–11:15am: Panel 4: Curating Turner
Emily Knight, National Trust, and Helen Cobby, Bath Spa University

11:25am–12:45pm​: Panel 5: Varied Approaches: Language, Economy, and Ecology
Sarah Gould, Université Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne; Matthew Hunter, McGill University; and Aurélie Petiot, Université Paris Nanterre

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