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The Burlington Magazine is seeking submissions of articles presenting new research on any aspect or period of the arts of Asia. Articles, which should be no longer than 5,000 words, should be submitted to There is no deadline.

Articles published in the magazine are peer reviewed. For a full set of submission guidelines, please see our website: submit-an-article.

Potential contributors are encouraged to discuss their proposal with the Editor in advance of submission:


Conference: Girton College, University of Cambridge, 27-28 June 2020

Historians have long recognised the importance of architecture within the exercising of political power. Yet the interaction between power and place, between human actor and physical location, is a difficult one to quantify. This conference brings together political, social, cultural, and architectural historians to explore this relationship. Architecture could be mobilised to exhibit and to legitimise political power, but it could also have a profound influence on decision-makers at crucial moments of governance. Architecture has played a fundamental role in performances of statecraft. Accounting for this architectural agency, without resulting to crude spatial determinism, is one of the great methodological challenges that this conference will discuss. As architectural historians have established, the meaning of buildings vary from user to user. Often these reflected hierarchies operating within the building: experiences of the Foreign Office, for instance, differed from a Permanent Under-Secretary to a newly arrived clerk. It is this question of the subjective nature of architectural experience that we are particularly interested in exploring.

Taking broad definitions of political power and the state, we will not only consider the architecture of palaces, parliaments, and administration, but also of commercial, financial, legal, and religious sources of political authority. This conference is interested in the physical seats of power from the private residences of statesmen and women, to legislatures, embassies, and banking houses. Importantly, this conference considers how the architecture of political power evolved over time, reflecting changes in structures of government. In the late eighteenth-century, the majority of states were absolute monarchies or governed by elite oligarchs, but by the mid twentieth-century the rise of popular representation entailed very different types of architecture. Where once palaces like Versailles and Blenheim embodied the authority of ruling elites, parliaments and administrative offices soon reflected accountable styles of government.

We welcome papers on any geographical case study from the mid eighteenth-century until the twentieth. We are particularly interested in proposals that consider the role of gender, race, and class as well as questions of architectural science and technology. We are also interested in the role of architecture in the operation of imperial, economic, and religious political power. Please submit abstracts of 250 words to by 21 October 2019

Do you collect objects, art or documents? Are you interested in learning about archival practices and processes? Join archivists from the Special Collections and Galleries Team at the University of Leeds on 31 October 2019 , and get practical advice on how to store, arrange and describe your records. We will take you through the basic concepts of archiving and how you can apply this to the records you produce. The session will cover the preservation of records in both analogue and digital formats. You will look at some of the archive challenges these different formats present. It will also highlight approaches you might consider when archiving the records of other artists. This workshop is for University of Leeds students and early career professionals. |

'Soils as records of Past and Present' is an international congress in Bruges on 6 and 7 November about geoarchaeology, which highlights the vast significance of soil science within archaeological research. On 6 November 2019, the programme includes an excursion. On 7 November, there are presentations and poster sessions about geoarcheological themes. The lectures will be in French and English.

Join English Heritage for a three day international conference from 6 to 8 November to mark the bicentenary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Bringing together academics, authors and heritage professionals, this conference offers a unique opportunity to examine the political, cultural, and social significance of Victoria and Albert’s activities at Osborne. For full details and to book tickets go to

A lecture at Spencer House on 11th November exploring the dramatic role played by horses, livestock and dogs in West End life in the Georgian period and their representation in art, presented by Dr Tom Almeroth-Williams, author of City of Beasts.

Spencer House once stood at the gateway to a horse-powered metropolis, an equestrian paradise and a city brimming with farm animals. The Georgian West End contained the largest concentration of elite riding and carriage horses in the world; and Spencer House is a stone’s throw from Hyde Park, then Europe’s most famous riding venue. At the same time, the building is a monument to the huge contribution made by working horses in the city. Most of the materials used to build Spencer House were hauled there by draught horses, while some were also manufactured with horse-powered machinery. Once the Spencers were in residence, they could also depend on being served the nation’s finest meat thanks to the gargantuan Smithfield livestock trade. This lively and richly illustrated lecture will discuss the many ways in which animals shaped the West End’s dramatic expansion and daily life in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, covering everything from art and architecture, to industry and crime prevention. Warning: enraged bullocks and fierce dogs will make their presence felt. (There will be an opportunity to buy signed copies of City of Beasts at a discounted price at the event).

Tickets £15, include a glass of wine and an opportunity to view the State Rooms Doors open 6pm. Lecture 6.30pm-8.30pm

Art of the Lost: discussing the future of the past  is a conference   that will explore and appraise current and developing studies of how art changes, is reused or repurposed, disappears or is rediscovered. Over three days, on 27-29 November, curators, conservators, scientists, historians, archaeologists, and artists from the UK, Europe and the USA will look at how, and why art is defaced, destroyed or is lost within architectural settings. For more information, go to

Bartolomé Bermejo (ca. 1440 – ca. 1501) is widely considered to be the most inventive and technically-skilled Spanish painter of the 15th century. This lecture, in English, by Dr Nicola Jennings of the Courtauld Institute, London, will discuss the latest findings about this intriguing artist and his work. It wil take place at 3pm and is free; no reservation required.


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