Friday 16 May 2014

10:15 Registration and coffee/tea
10:45 Introduction
Catherine de Zegher, director of the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent: Word of welcome
Bruno Fornari, curator at the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent: Introduction à l’exposition
Marjan Sterckx, Ghent University: Introduction to the conference
11:15 Session 1: The Birth of the Romantic Artist (chair: Jenny Reynaerts, Rijksmuseum)

11:15 Jennifer Jones-O’Neill, Federation University, Australia: The Face of Melancholy Madness: the Romantics’ inheritance
11:40 Heather Belnap Jensen, Brigham Young University: Constance Mayer, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, and the Melancholic Romantic Woman Artist
12:05 Teresa Ende, University of Bonn: “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” – On Hamlet's transformation in the works of Eugène Delacroix
12:30 Discussion

13:00 Lunch

14:15 Session 2: Artists’ Self-Construction and Self Fashioning 

(chair: Johan De Smet, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent)

14:15 Nina Amstutz, Yale Center for British Art: The Split Self: Phrenology, Reason, and Madness in Romantic Self-Portraiture
14:40 Erika Schneider, Framingham University: Art versus Law: The Mythology of Privation
15:05 Debra Hanson, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar: Thomas Eakins: Constructing the Melancholic Body
15:30 Discussion

16:00 Break (coffee/tea)

16:30 Keynote lectures (chair: Bruno Fornari, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent)

16:30 Bruno Chenique, chercheur indépendant: Géricault face à la démence de Waterloo

17:00 Gregor Wedekind, Johannes Gutenberg Universität-Mainz: 

Géricault’s Monomaniacs 

17:30 Albert Alhadeff, University of Colorado Boulder: Géricault, calenture and ‘des visions fallacieuses’

18:00 Discussion

18:30 Visit to the Théodore Géricault Exhibition (private view)


All day during coffee and lunch breaks: Poster session


Ulrike Müller, Ghent University/University of Antwerp: Belgian Private Collectors and the Emergence of a National Artistic Canon 

Jana Wijnsouw, Ghent University: In Search of a National (S)cul(p)ture: Belgian Sculptors Abroad and Foreign Sculptors in Belgium (1830-1916)

Saturday 17 May 2014

9:45 Coffee/tea
10:15 Session 3: States of Distraction (chair: Koen Brosens, University of Leuven)
10:15 Richard Wrigley, University of Nottingham: Sanity and Sensibility in Rome
10:40 Evelien Jonckheere, Ghent University: Madness by Distraction in Fin-de-Siècle French Café-Concert and its Modernist Representations
11:05 Allison Morehead, Queen’s University, Kingston: Representing Gambling Mania

11:30 Discussion

12:00 Lunch

13:15 Session 4: Artists’ Mythologies (chair: Maite van Dijk, Van Gogh Museum)
13:15 Ekaterini Kepetzis, University of Köln: A Fabricated Modernist: El Greco as Prototype of the Anti-Academic Artist
13:40 Roberta Crisci-Richardson, Federation University, Victoria Australia: What Happened to the Mad Degas? Suppression and Repression of the Nervous in the Reputation of Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
14:05 Joan E. Greer, University of Alberta: Vincent van Gogh and the Pathology of Artisthood
14:30 Discussion


15:00 Break (coffee/tea)

15:30 Keynote lecture
Henri Zerner, Harvard University: Géricault and the Lure of the Morbid
16:15 Closing remarks
Jan Dirk Baetens, Radboud University Nijmegen

Théodore Géricault, Portrait of a Woman Suffering from Obsessive Envy (The Hyena of La Salpêtrière), 1819-20 / 1822-23, 

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