Conference Schedule

FINAL SCHEDULE – PDF format

Friday 17 February

09.00-09.30  Registration

Barber Fine Arts Institute

09.30-11.00 Keynote Session 1

Materials: Dearth and Reuse in Scientific Practice

Barber Fine Arts Institute Lecture Theatre

Ayesha Mukherjee (English, Exeter) – ‘“Dunghill Papers”: The Language and Practice of Recycling in 1590s’ England’

Simon Werrett (Science and Technology Studies, UCL) – ‘The Power of Lasting: Managing Material Loss in Early Modern Science’

Chair: Kate Smith, History, University of Birmingham

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

Arts Lounge, Arts Building

11.30-13.00 Panels Session 1

Material Loss, Change and Transformation

Arts Building Lecture Room 8

Chair: Kate Smith, University of Birmingham

Allison Stielau, Art History, University College London

‘I Flowed with the Flames: Metallic Losses and Gains in the Fiery Furnace’

Wilson Chan, University of Hong Kong

‘Reshaping Things, Reshaping Time: The Recycling of Fractured Inksticks in Eighteenth-Century China’

Tom Rusbridge, History, University of Sheffield

‘Characteristic Absence: The Case of Shagreen in Early Modern England’

Losing and Destroying Collections

Arts Lecture Room 2

Chair: Emma Hagström Molin, History of Ideas, Uppsala University

Banu Karaca, Anthropology, Forum Transregionale Studien

‘Tracing Absence: The Politics Dispossession and the Writing of Art History in Turkey’

Jochen Mayer, History, Independent Scholar

‘Against Archival Loss: Safeguarding Nazi Administrative Records for US-Military Government in Germany’

Daniel Sawyer, English Literature, University of Oxford

‘Losing Manuscripts in Later Medieval England’

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Arts Lounge, Arts Building

14.00-15.30 Panels Session 2

Looting as Loss

Arts Building Lecture Room 8

Chair: Allison Stielau, Art History, University College London

Joanna Cohen, History, Queen Mary University of London

‘Accounting for Loss: Technology and Tragedy in Civil War America’

Emma Hagström Molin, History of Ideas, Uppsala University

‘Locating Loot: Beda Dudik’s Encounters with Moravian Spoils of War in Sweden and Italy 1851-1852’

Losing Collections and their Qualities

Arts Building Lecture Room 4

Chair: Leonie Hannan, History, Queens’ University Belfast

Emma Martin, Museology, University of Manchester

‘Losing Tibet: Diplomatic Gifts, British India and the tosha-ḵẖāna archive’

Tara Hamling and Cathryn Enis, History, University of Birmingham

‘Shakespeare’s Lost Domesticity’

Kate Hill, History, University of Lincoln

‘“Three Centuries of Scrubbing”: Gertrude Jekyll, Modernity and the Sensory Pleasures of Old Objects’

Getting Lost, Being Lost, Forgetting

Arts Building Room 201

Chair: Sara Pennell, History, University of Greenwich

Richard Dunn, Royal Museums Greenwich

‘Lost and Found: Providence and Heroism in the History of Navigation’

Ann-Marie Carey, Birmingham City University

‘How do we unlock the hidden craftsmanship of heritage jewels?’

James Muirhead, Heritage, University of Bristol

‘The ss Great Britain: Space, Place, Materiality and Loss’

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

Arts Lounge, Arts Building

16.00-17.30 Keynote Session 2

Possession: Losing Colour

Barber Fine Arts Institute Lecture Theatre

Jonathan Lamb (English, Vanderbilt University) – ‘Losing Colour’

Commentary and chair: Michelle Bastian, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh

17.30-19.00 Conference reception

Barber Fine Arts Institute Foyer

Saturday 18 February

09.00-10.30 Keynote Session 3

Sites and spaces

Arts Building Main Lecture Theatre

Anthony Bale, Medieval Studies, Birkbeck – ‘Joy and Loss: Contested Histories at Nabi Samwil, Palestine’

Astrid Swenson, History, Brunel – ‘A Tale of Two Swords: Brokering Material Loss at Crac des Chevaliers, Syria’

Chair: William Purkis, History, University of Birmingham

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

Lecture Rooms Corridor

11.00-12.30 Panels Session 3

Negotiating Loss? Processes of Dispossession in Early Modern England

Arts Building Lecture Theatre 1

Chair: Tom Cutterham, University of Birmingham

Richard Bell, Stanford University

‘Destruction, Decay and Shame in London’s Early Modern Prisons’

Robert Stearn, English, Birbeck University of London

‘Servants’ Skill and its Erasure in Early Modern England and Scotland’

Hillary Taylor, History, University of Cambridge

‘Conversational Interruption as a Form of Loss in Early Modern England’

Loss of Land, Cultures and Customs

Arts Building Lecture Theatre 2

Chair: Matthew Kelly, Northumbria University

Sadiah Qureshi, History, University of Birmingham

‘A Dying Island that is the Last Outpost of the Celtic Empire: The Great Blasket Island and the Trope of Vanishing Ireland’

Anne Laurence, Open University

‘Confiscation and Loss in Britain and Ireland c.1535-c.1750: From “bare ruined choirs” to “Burned are our homes, exile and death”’

Ajmal Waqif, Goldsmiths University of London

‘The Politics of Loss in the Origins of English Socialism’

Architectural Decay and Destruction

Arts Building Lecture Theatre 4

Chair: James Lesh, University of Melbourne and King’s College London

Jonah Rowen, Architectural History, Columbia University

‘Air, Rain and Architecture: Material Degradation to Buildings from Acid Rain and How Architects Responded’

Alina Kozlovski, Classics, University of Cambridge

‘Romans in Ruins: The Visual Vocabulary of Architectural Material Loss in the Ancient Roman World’

Dalila Ghodbane, Architecture, University of Italian Switzerland

‘Discourse of Loss and Story of Dispossession: The Thermal Qualities of Housing in Medieval Cairo’

12.30-13.30 Lunch

Mason Lounge, Arts Building

13.30-15.00 Panels Session 4

Loss, Transition and Response

Arts Building Lecture Theatre 1

Chair: Kate Hill, History, University of Lincoln

Sara Pennell, History, University of Greenwich

‘Lost in Transit: The Materialities of Domestic Mobility in C18th England’

Sakiko Kawabe, Human and Socio-Environmental Studies, Kanazawa University

‘Mingu and the Collecting Movement: A Response to Material Loss in the 1970s in Japan’

James Lesh, University of Melbourne and King’s College London

‘Reconstructing Urban Heritage in the Mid-Twentieth-Century Australian City’

Species Extinction, Decline and Conservation

Arts Building Lecture Theatre 2

Chair: Sadiah Qureshi, History, University of Birmingham

Matthew Kelly, Northumbria University

‘Moorland and Agricultural Purpose: The Politics of Loss in British Nature Conservation’

Gro Ween, University of Oslo and Arnar Árnason, University of Aberdeen

‘Species Extinction as Material Loss in the Age of the Anthropocene’

Sean Nixon, Sociology, University of Essex

‘Vanishing Peregrines: J. A. Baker, the Countryside in Crisis and the Decline of Birds of Prey in the 1960s’

Preparing for Loss

Arts Building Lecture Theatre 4

Chair: Joanna Cohen, History, Queen Mary University of London

Sara M M I Peres, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

‘Preparing for Doomsday Vulnerability and the Contemporary History of Genebanking 1970-2008’

Tom Cutterham, History, University of Birmingham

‘Making a Loss: Financial Technology and the Materiality of Money’

Jamie Davis, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham

‘Old Pictures of…’ Facebook and Communities: The Value and Sustainability of Unrecognised Digital Collections’

15.00-15.30   Coffee break

Lecture Rooms Corridor

15.30-16.30 Final Session

 Drawing out key themes and frameworks

   Arts Building Main Lecture Theatre