Conference: Envisioning Utopia: British Art and Socialist Politics, 1870-1900

On December 5 and 6, 2008, the Whitworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester will host a conference to examine the dynamic between the urban and the pastoral in utopian visions of a socialist future and explore the role of visual art in formulating and articulating these political ideals.

Keynote address Friday at 5:30 by Professor Tim Barringer (History of Art, Yale University).
Speakers include Dr. Matthew Beaumont (English, UCL), Dr. Jo Briggs (Yale Center for British Art), Professor Michael Hatt (History of Art, Warwick), Dr. Ruth Livesey (The Victorian Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London), Sarah Turner (Courtauld Institute), and Dr. Anna Vaninskaya (King’s College, Cambridge University Victorian Studies Group).

Registration fee £20, concessions £10. Registration includes reception on Friday and refreshments and lunch on Saturday. For more information, email This event is funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.


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