The Production of Ornament: Reassessing the Decorative in History and Practice

University of Leeds, 21-22 March 2014



Friday 21 March (Chemistry West Block, Lecture Theatre E)

10:00 – 10:45: Coffee/tea and registration

10:45 – 11:00: Lara Eggleton, University of Leeds, Introduction

Session 1: Chaired by Richard Checketts, University of Leeds

11:00 – 11:40: Catherine E. Karkov, University of Leeds, ‘Entanglement, Enchantment, Stone: The materiality of ornament in tenth-century Leeds’

11:40 – 12:20: Soersha Dyon, Independent Scholar, ‘Unravelling the Arabesque’

12:20 – 13:00 Carol Bier, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA/ The Textile Museum, Washington DC, ‘Is Ornament Ornamental? Geometry made manifest in Islamic architecture’

13:00 – 14:30: Lunch (13:50-14:25: optional tour of ULITA Archive of International Textiles or Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery)

Session 2: Chaired by Marta Ajmar, V&A/RCA History of Design

14:30 – 15:10: Steven Lauritano, Yale University/ Freie Universität, ‘Discerning the Remnant, circa 1800’

15:10 – 15:50: Jason Nguyen, Harvard University/ Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, ‘Corporate Ornament: Materiality, Law, and Labour in Late Seventeenth-Century Parisian Architecture’

15:50 – 16:30: Coffee/tea

16:30 – 17:45: Keynote paper 1, Alina Payne, Harvard University, ‘Bodies, armor and joints. Architectural ornament between empathy and technology’


Saturday 22 March (Old Mining Building, Lecture Theatre)

10:00-11:15: Keynote paper 2, Susanne Küchler, UCL, ‘The grain of the voice and the texture of the image: Ornamentation and empathy in the making of social worlds’

11:15 – 11:30:  Coffee/tea

Session 3: Chaired by Ayla Lepine, University of Nottingham

11:30 – 12:10: Elizabeth Athens, Yale University, ‘Monstrosity, Ornament, Ecology: William Hogarth’s Natural Knowledge’

12:10 – 12:50: Frances S. Connelly, University of Missouri-Kansas City, ‘Rogue Ornament or Poetic Monster: Giambattista Vico and the Ornamental Grotesque’

12:50 – 1:30: Paul Dobraszczyk, University of Manchester, ‘Ornament and Obscenity: Cast iron and Victorian public toilets’

1:30 – 2:30: Lunch

Session 4: Chaired by Marin Sullivan, University of Leeds

2:30 – 3:10: Sabrina Rahman, Northumbria University, ‘The Politics of Ornament: Historiographical and Ethnological Practices of the Austrian Werkbund’

3:10 – 3:50: Mark Crinson, University of Manchester, ‘The Ornamented Ceiling in New Brutalism’

3:50 – 5:00: Closing remarks and discussion

5:00 – 6:00: Drinks reception


Full programme with abstracts/speaker bios: Production of Ornament_Programme.


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