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This event runs over 2 days, organised by the Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of Westminster.

Friday 6 May 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Keynote, Performance & Reception
Registration from 5:15pm
Regent Street Cinema, University of Westminster 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW
Pause-Pose-Poise-Propose - Keynote Lecture by Dr David Campany, Reader in Photography
University of Westminster Performance choreographed by Christopher Spraggs, Trinity Laban Conservoire of Music and Dance

Saturday 7 May 2016 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm – Conference
Registration 09:30 am
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

Posing has been central to art, dance, and sculpture for thousands of years. In recent years, the growing interest in fashion media and modelling has also focused attention on questions of pose and posing. Incorporating notions of movement and stillness, posing can be understood in terms of historical modes of representation, as well as contemporary media and rapidly evolving relationships between bodies, subjects, and technologies of representation. Posing incorporates symbolic and semiotic meaning alongside embodied action and feeling. Recent coverage of the work of choreographer Stephen Galloway in 032c magazine, and new publications such as Steven Sebring’s Study of Pose: 1000 Poses by Coco Rocha testify to the growing interest in the cultural significance of posing and the pose – yet both remain under-researched areas with little discussion of their significance.

This symposium will assert the importance of pose as both a creative practice and an emerging area of critical inquiry. It will bring together multi-disciplinary academics and practitioners to discuss and develop new ways of understanding pose and posing in a historical and contemporary context. We encourage proposals for papers that address pose from global and diverse perspectives. This event represents a potentially fruitful and exciting moment to bring these strands together to the benefit of researchers within practice and theory-based media, historians of dress, photography, art and film and allied disciplines.

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Registration for both days is £26 and £16 for students and concessions.

Register via Eventbrite or send a cheque send a cheque made payable to‘The Courtauld Institute of Art’ to:
Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating ‘Posing the Body.

There are a limited number of seats available at £10 for the 6 May keynote and performance. Book your place via Eventbrite.