Convened by Dr Carol Richardson, with co-convenors Dr Veronica Davies and Dr Piers Baker-Bates, AAH2012 will showcase the diversity and richness of art history. Like The Open University itself, the 2012 annual conference is open to all people, places and ideas. This three-day event will profile a broad scope of geographies and methodologies, ranging from object-based studies, socio-historical analyses, theoretical discourses, visual culture of the moving image, exhibition cultures and display. Sessions and papers will reflect the composition of the wide consituency that is art history today.
Keynote events and special interest sessions/workshops will celebrate the strengths and respond to the challenges that face art history now, whilst the book fair, receptions, and visits will provide opportunities for delegates to relax and network.
Keynote speakers will be:
Lord Puttnam, Chancellor of The Open University (Thursday 29 March, 17.40-18.30,) and
Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain. Building on History; A New Archaeology – Tate Britain and the Millbank Project. Penelope Curtis will explore thinking on reconfiguring a museum of British art alongside a concurrent building project in anticipation of a relaunch in 2013. (Friday 30 March, 17.40 – 18.30)