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Technology and "The Death of Art History"

London, The British Computer Society, First Floor, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA
10 November 2010 00:00 - 11 November 2010 00:00

Computers and the History of Art (CHArt)
In recent decades the traditional practices of Art History have come increasingly under attack. This has led to changes so extreme that some have talked of the 'death of Art History'.

The CHArt 2010 Conference will explore the role of digital technologies in the disruption of Art History and the profound changes in the way that we display, consume and study art.

In 1985, when CHArt was founded, new technologies only had a minimal impact on Art History. Twenty-five years on they have transformed the entire artistic process, from the creation and presentation of art, to its reception, dissemination and research. Reflecting on these changes, we will consider how Art History has evolved and in what ways digital technologies will continue to
affect and transform the discipline in the future. This year's CHArt papers will examine the impact of digital technology on a range of issues including:

  • Ownership, authorship, collaboration and re-use
  • Access and participation
  • Globalisation, communication and dissemination
  • Research
  • Pedagogy and teaching
  • Conservation and preservation
  • Commissioning, curation and documentation

KEYNOTE: Will Vaughan, Emeritus Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London
CHArt is delighted that Professor Vaughan has agreed to start proceedings off at the 2010 conference as CHArt is celebrating its 25th anniversary and he was one of the founding members of the group back in 1985. From 1986 to 2003 he was Professor of History of Art in the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck. Previously he had been an Assistant Keeper at the Tate (1968-72) and a Reader at University College London (1972-86). Professor Vaughan was a pioneer of research into the use of computers and digital applications in relation to Art History. His influence and vision continues, reflected in current projects and research interests within Birkbeck and beyond.

The conference programme includes a panel discussion with invited experts.

For draft programme, paper abstracts and booking information please visit

Early booking discounted rates are available until 1 October 2010


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