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Symposium - Visualising Learning in France, c.1500-1830

Posted on Tuesday, 9th May 2017

Registration is open for this 2-day symposium with international speakers to be held at the University of St Andrews on 24 and 25 May 2017.

In early modern France visualising and learning were parallel activities; the image was less a supplement to knowledge than an operation of thought itself. This coincided with the emergence of pedagogical theories that have informed educational practices up to the present day. Although scholarly attention has been paid to the scientific conventions by which the natural world was represented, and, conversely, to changing theories about visual perception, little consideration has been given to the actual practices of learning, seeing, and showing whose intersection comprised early modern pedagogy. What were the techniques, materials, and forms by which images mediated knowledge? How might these elements have impacted how one learned as well as what one learned? In return, how did pedagogical imperatives define the form and content of a wide range of visual practices?

Speakers: Susanna Berger (University of Southern California), Sarah Easterby-Smith (University of St Andrews), Charles Kang (Columbia University), Stephanie O'Rourke (University of St Andrews), Mary Orr (University of St Andrews), David Pullins (Massachusetts Institute of Technology / The Frick Collection), Katie Scott (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Richard Taws (University College London), Hannah Williams (Queen Mary University of London).

Generously supported by the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Society for French Studies, The Centre for French History and Culture, School of Art History, and School of History, University of St Andrews.

The event is free and open to all. Please register for day 1, 2, or both by emailing

For the programme and abstracts see:

Deadline for booking: 15 May 2017