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Selected Lectures

The following list of lectures is available for download here.

Session Convener, Conference Organizer, Invited Respondent, Keynote Lecture

Co-convenor and organiser, "Gray on Gray," Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (IFIKK), Oslo University, May 22-23, 2018.

Convenor, "A Bacchanal of Truth," Association of Art Historians Annual Meeting, Courtauld Institute of Art/Royal College of Art, London, April 9-11, 2018.

"Seminar on Habit," Oslo School of Art, Feb 7, 2018.

"Roundtable: LLV--The Big Picture," Boston Book Festival, Boston, MA, Thursday, October 27, 2018.

Keynote lecture, “Beyond Intentionality, and (really) back to the things themselves,” Phenomenology, space and the Visual, PhD Seminar, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (IFIKK), Oslo University, Centre franco-norvégien en sciences sociales et humaines, Paris, 27-28 November, 2014.

Keynote lecture, “‘REDUCKS’ — 1972, 1977 AS DUAS EDIÇÕES DE ‘LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS,’ Dafne Editora /Governo de Portugal / Secretaria de Estado da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes, Passos Manuel Cinema, Porto, Portugal, 9 October, 2014.

Respondent (with Andrew Pickering and Giovanna Columbetti), Simon Penny, Professor of Studio Art, University of California, Irvine, “Art and Cognition: Embodiment, Processual Dynamics and Material Engagement,” Co-Sponsored by the Exeter Science, Technology, and Culture Initiative and the Programme for Art History and Visual Culture, 6 May 2014, 4-6pm, MR1 Queen’s Building, University of Exeter.

Session Convener, “Matters of Fact,” Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, Royal College of Art, London, 10-12 April 2014.

Session Convener (with Amanda Boetzkes), “Heidegger and the Work of Art History,” AAH Annual Conference, University of Glasgow, April 15-17, 2010.

Session Chair/Respondent, “The Historical Implications of Le Corbusier/Oubrerie’s Firminy Project,” for the exhibition, Architecture Interruptus, Wexner Center for the Arts, January 26, 2007.

Session Convener (with Bronwen Wilson), “Skepticism and the Arts,” College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 14-17, 2006.

Conference Convener, Organizer, and Respondent, The Concept of the Horizon and the Limits of Representation, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University, May 13-14, 2005.
Participants: Mike Cadwell, John Culbert, Whitney Davis, Michael Golec, Jeffrey Kipnis, Steve Melville, Spyros Papapetros, Tilotamma Rajan, Johanne Sloan, David Summers, and David Wills

Keynote and Respondent for the panel, “Viollet-le-Duc and Medieval Art,” College Art Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, February 16-19, 2005.

Session Convener, “A Non-Empathetic Account of Empathy Theory,” Society of Architectural Historians, 57th Annual Meeting, Providence, R.I., April 2004.

Respondent to Professor Martin Bressani’s seminar, “Surface into Depth: A Tracing of Viollet-le-Duc’s Constructive Imagination”, Visiting Scholars Program, 2002-2003, Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Québec, Canada, February 28, 2003.

Invited Lectures

"Habit, Subject Matter, Inertia and Being Moved," Keywords of Mobility: Passages of Movement, Norwegian Institute in Rome, 6-7 June, 2019.

"Apocatastasis and Preservation," SENKU SEMINAR, Kulturhistorisk Museum, University of Oslo, April 11, 2019.

"Barthes' Tendencies: On Radical Indifference, Adiaphora, and Tone on Tone," Gray on Gray, IFIKK, University of Oslo, May 22, 2018.

"In Flagrante Delico: On Some Burning Questions for Preservation," Preservation Lecture Series, GSAAP, Columbia University, March 29, 2018.

"One PhD seminar and Invited Lecture," Clemson University, Atlanta, Feb 15-16, 2018.

"Barthes Tendencies," Seminar in Aesthetics, University of Oslo, Norway, Feb 2, 2017.

"Seminar: On Accumulation and Aesthetics," School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Oct 23, 2017.

"Reading, Moving, Thinking," Muriel Cooper, MIT Media Lab, Boston, MA, October 19, 2017.

"On Habit and Mediation," Program in Media Aesthetics, University of Oslo, October 10, 2017.

“Ontological Indifference, Suspended Judgment, and Habit,” Actualite de la Recherche, University of Geneva, MA Histoire de l’art, Haute ecole d’art et de design, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 November, 2015.

“Art After Hours and the Inhuman,” Workshop on Time in Art, Department of Philosophy/Department of Art History, University of Nottingham, 20 January, 2015.

“Suspended Judgment, Ontological Indifference, Design, and Urbanism,” Meyers Symposium in Honour of David Van Zanten, Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History, Department of Art History, Northwestern University, The Art Institute of Chicago/Graham Foundation for the Arts, Chicago, 17-18 October, 2014.

‘What’s the logic of that?’ Wittgenstein, Gesture, and the Arts,” Wiring Wittgenstein, University of Exeter, 12 June 2014.

“Habit, Architecture, and Flat Ontology,” Department of Art History, University College London, March 10, 2014.

“Habit and Ontological Indifference: On Architecture, Objects, and Dwelling,” Department of Art History, University of Nottingham, March 5, 2014

“On Limitrophy, Photography, and the Equator,” Geography and History Research Seminar, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, February 26, 2014.

“A Short History of Self-Preservation,” World Art Research Seminar, School of World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia, December 4, 2013.

“On Habit and Architecture,” Research Seminar, Programme in Art History and Visual Culture, University of Exeter, May 7, 2013.

“On Habit, Architecture, and Ontological Indifference,” The Design of Self, Symposium, UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design, February 22-23, 2013.

“Between Comportment and Representation,” College of Humanities, University of Exeter, July 10, 2012

“Object Worlds, by Design,” Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, March 9, 2012.

“Habitations: On Bodily Habit and Architecture,” Sterling and Francine Clark Institute of Art, Williamstown, MA, November 9 (lecture) and November 10, 2010 (seminar).

“Psychoanalysis and Art History,” Theory and Methodology of Art History, Art History Graduate Proseminar, taught by Michael Ann Holly, Sterling and Francine Clark Institute of Art/Department of Art History, Williams College, October 19, 2010.

“Habitations” In-Print, Inaugural Buell Conference in the History and Theory of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, April 13-14, 2010.

“In Media Res,” Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 21, 2010.

“Wittgenstein, Architecture, Gesture,” Gesture at Large, Ohio State University, Feb 25-27, 2010.

“Scenes of Instruction,” Architecture After Las Vegas, School of Architecture, Yale University, January 22-23, 2010.

“Reading Learning from Las Vegas,” co-sponsored by M.A.D.E. (Media, Art, and Design Exposed) and the Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta, December 3, 2009.

“Muriel Cooper Moving Between Mediums,” Architecture Moves, Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, October 2-3, 2009.

“Deadpan and Contemporary Photography” World-Making and World Art, Consortium for the Arts, The Arts Research Center, UC Berkley, May 9-10, 2008.

“Panoramic Photography and the Restoration of the Chateau de Pierrefonds,” Colloque sur l'Oeuvre de Viollet-le-Duc à Pierrefonds et dans l'Oise, Centre de Recherches sur les Monuments Historiques, Pierrefonds, France, June 7-8, 2007.

“Perspicuous Views,” Department of Art, Reed College, March 6, 2007; School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, March 1, 2007.

“Pointless Vanishing Points,” in conjunction with the exhibition, Vanishing Point, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, June 3, 2005.

“Skepticism and the Ordinary: From Burnt Norton to Las Vegas,” Knowlton School of Architecture, Lecture Series, Ohio State University, November 17, 2004.

“Viollet-le-Duc’s Defense Mechanisms—Restoration as War Machine”, Historic Preservation Lecture Series, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, October 25, 2004.

“Perspicuous Views and the Foundations of Possible Buildings,” Lecture Series on Distortion, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, March 20, 2003.

“Skepticism and the Ordinary,” The Culture of Cities Project, McGill University, March 4, 2003.

“Habit, Architecture, Modernity,” The Tomlinson Lectures, McGill University, November 12, 2002.

“Picturing Representation: Foucault’s Las Meninas and Fried’s The Painter’s Studio,” Art History Graduate Proseminar: The Case of Perspective, McGill University, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, October 1, 2002.

“Gorgons to Centaurs: Viollet-le-Duc’s Imaginary Transformism at Pierrefonds,” Program in the Study of Imagination, Northwestern University, June 7, 2002.

“Panoramic Photography as Imagination Technology,” Internationales Kolloquium Viollet-le-Duc, Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln, Switzerland, August 24-26, 2001.

Conference Papers

"A Ventriloquist at a Birthday Party," College Art Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, Feb 21-24, 2018.

“Ontological Indifference: On Comedy, Photography, and Conceptual Art,” Conceptual Art as Comedic Practice, College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, February 22-25, 2012.

“Chatography,” Geography in Modern Architectural Theory and History,” Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 21-25, 2010.

“Deadpan and the Absorption of Skepticism,” Photography after Conceptual Art, Association of Art Historians Annual Meeting, London, England, April 2-4, 2008.

“The Dream Navel of Historicism,” Changing Boundaries: Architectural History in Transition (INHA/SAH Symposium), Paris, France, September 1-4, 2005.

“At the Limit,” Opening Lecture, The Concept of the Horizon and the Limits of Representation, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University, May 13-14, 2005.

“One Dummy, Two Voices,” Thinking on the Boundaries: The Availability of Philosophy in Film and Literature, University of South Carolina, Feb 10-12, 2005.

“Skepticism and the Ordinary,” The Philosophy of Architecture/The Architecture of Philosophy, University of Leeds, July 8-11, 2004.

“The Prosaic Materiality of the Letter in the City, Print Culture in the City, McGill University, March 26-27, 2004.

“Earth’s Eye, the Horizon, and the Shadow of the Object,” Walter Benjamin and the Visual Arts (International Association of Word and Image Studies), College Art Association Annual Conference, Seattle, February 18-21, 2004.

“Bourdieu’s Panofsky and the Concept of the Habitus,” Sociology Beyond Bourdieu, University of East London, London, England, June 19-20, 2003.

“Duchamp’s Trois Stoppages-Étalon, Naming, and The Standard Meter,” College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, February 28-March 3, 2001.

“The Ends of Images; The Horizons of Possibility” Consciousness Reframed: 3rd International Conference on Art, Technology, and Consciousness, Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts, University of Wales College, Newport, August 17-19, 2000; and 21ème Conférence Canadienne des historiennes/historiens d’art médiéval, Montréal, March 23-25, 2001.

“Imaginative Variation and Photographic Frames of Reference at Pierrefonds,” Ways of Seeing: The 19th Century, Interdisciplinary 19th-Century Studies, University of Paris-X, Nanterre, France, June 22-24, 2000.

“Panoramic Photography as Imagination Technology: Viollet-le-Duc and the Restoration of the Château de Pierrefonds,” Romanticism and Visual Culture, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, June 10, 2000.

“The Archaeology of Restoration,” Camargo Foundation Fellowship Lecture, Cassis, France, February, 2000.

“Rapprochement and Dégagement in Quatremère de Quincy,” La Modernité avant Haussmann: Formes de l’espace urbain à Paris, 1801-1853/Modernity before Haussmann: Forms of Urban Space in Paris, 1801-1853, Paris, France, June 16-19, 1999.

“Memory as Construction in Viollet-le-Duc’s Architectural Imagination,” Tracing France’s Cultural Self-Consciousness, UCLA, Department of French, Los Angeles, California, April 17-19, 1998.

“Viollet-le-Duc and the Anatomical Body of Architectural Knowledge,” 9th Interdisciplinary Conference on Science and Culture, Kentucky State University, The Institute for Liberal Studies, Frankfort, Kentucky, April 2, 1998.

“Contingency and Flexibility in the Pontiac Building,” Midwest Art History Society, Chicago, Illinois, April 2-4, 1998.

“Architecture under the Knife: Viollet-le-Duc’s Illustrations for the Dictionnaire Raisonné and the Anatomical Representation of Architectural Knowledge,” 16ème Conférence canadienne des historiennes/historiens d’art médiéval, Montréal, April, 1998.