Eastern Questions: New Perspectives on British Orientalism – Registration Open

16 – 17 October 2019

A collaborative two-day conference at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Register for your tickets here: http://bit.ly/Eastern-Questions

This interdisciplinary symposium, a collaboration between Watts Gallery Artists’ Village (WG-AV) and Royal Holloway (University of London), aims to explore new perspectives on the intersection between Orientalism and visual culture across the nineteenth century. This two-day conference coincides with John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame, the latest exhibition at WG-AV.

The conference will take place over two days 16 – 17 October 2019 at two venues:

16 October 2019: Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village (Compton, Surrey, GU3 1DQ)

17 October 2019: Royal Holloway, University of London, (Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX)

Each day will include 9 twenty-minute papers, which explore the visual material of the Orient in the contexts of transculturation, imaginative geographies, and cultural border crossing in both directions.

Alongside the works on display within John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame, the collection of so-called ‘uncomfortable pictures’ at Royal Holloway (including Edwin Long’s Babylonian Marriage Market) will act as a catalyst for wide-ranging debates around Orientalism’s place within British scholarship today. In addition to 20 minute papers, there will be a series of pop-up debates that will take place within the gallery spaces, which respond to the following key works:

John Frederick Lewis, In the Bezestein: El Khan Khalil, 1860, watercolour, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery (at WGAV)

John Frederick Lewis, In the Bey’s Garden, 1865, oil on panel, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston (at WGAV)

Edwin Long, The Babylonian Marriage Market (1875), Royal Holloway

David Roberts, Pilgrims Approaching Jerusalem (1841), Royal Holloway