Movements and Transformations in the Making of Iberian and Latin American Art and Visual Cultures – Emerging Researchers Symposium

Durham University, June 22nd and 23rd, 2023.
Venue: Birley Room, Hatfield College, North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RQ

On 22 and 23 June, the Zurbarán Centre at Durham University will host its third student-led
symposium showcasing innovative doctoral and early career research in Iberian and Latin
American art and visual culture.

The theme of this year’s symposium is movements and transformations, with presentations
exploring a wide variety of topics, periods and regions. The 20 papers, drawn from 17
academic institutions, range from the movement of artists and artworks and their impact on
visual culture to the transformative power of art in the forging of social, religious and
political identities. The presentations will address important questions relating to artistic
agency and reception, the circulation of art and artefacts, visual traditions across different
media and societies, and artistic innovation. The symposium also features a keynote address
by Prof. Claudia Hopkins, Director of the Zurbarán Centre.

Opportunities for questions and answers will follow the presentations and the keynote lecture.
The aim is to stimulate interdisciplinary conversations and connections among emerging and
established scholars engaged in the field of Iberian and Latin American art.
Organised by Durham University doctoral students, the symposium will be held as a hybrid
event for in-person attendance in Durham or virtual attendance via Zoom. Booking is
essential and registration details can be found on the Zurbaran Centre’s website.

For those coming in person and able to spend more time in Durham, we will be arranging a
visit to the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland on Wednesday, 21 st June and a visit to the
Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle on Saturday, 24 th June. More details will be provided
closer to the event.


10:00-10:30 Registration

10:30-10:45 Welcome and opening remarks: José María Robles, Minister-Counsellor
for Cultural and Scientific Affairs, Embassy of Spain

10:45-11:45 Panel One – Art in Motion: Moving Artworks and Artistic Practices
Stephanie Bernard (Durham University, UK) Juan Sánchez Cotán’s Adoration of the Magi,
Between Tradition and Innovation
Nora Guggenbühler (University of Zurich, Switzerland), The Travels of the Madonna di
Trapani: Records of a miraculous image’s journey throughout the Iberian world


11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-1:00 Panel One – Continuation
Rafael Japón (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain), Flemish Paintings by an Italian
Painter: The decoration of the cloister of the monastery of San Agustín in Lima
Annemarie Iker (Princeton University, USA), Secrecy in the Paris Paintings of Santiago
Rusiñol (1861—1931) and the Catalan Modernistes


1:00-2:00 Lunch


2:00-3:30 Panel Two – Art and the Transformation of Iberian Identities
Paola Setaro (Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo, Italy),
From Painter of Friars to Painter of the Soul. The Gaze on Zurbarán in Francoist Spain
Vega Torres Sastrús (Universitat de València, Spain), Transformations in and Through the
Arts. Catholicism and Visual Culture in the Spanish Second Republic (1931-1936)
Andrea Garcés Galarreta (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain), From Equipo
Realidad (1966) to Nueva Escuela Valenciana (circa 1980): De-sacralising visual practices in
post francoist Spanish Mediterranean Coast


3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-5:00 Panel Three – Jewish Identity on the Move in the Hispanic World
Laura Feigen (The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK), Exodus and Expulsion: the Barcelona
Haggadah as a Material Witness to Sephardi Migration 1391-1459
Jorge Oliaga Vázquez (University Autónoma of Madrid, Spain), The Old Testament in
Seventeenth Century Spanish and Novo-Hispanic Painting: circulation of models and ideas in
the Modern Age
Drew Erin Becker Lash (University of California, Los Angeles, USA), Jacob and
Intertextuality: Old testament images in seventeenth century Spain

5:10-5:25 Refreshments

5:25-6:00 Keynote speaker: Prof. Claudia Hopkins, Director of the Zurbarán
Centre (Durham University, UK) Politics and Nostalgia for Al-Andalus in Art and
Visual Culture in Franco’s Spain around 1950


10:00-10:45 Coffee

10:45-11:45 Panel Four – Reception and Reimagining the Artistic Cultures of the

Montserrat Andrea Báez Hernández (University of Teramo, Italy) “Per metterlo in
venerazione nel lontano paese…” Translation, Reception and Devotion of Roman Catacomb
Martyrs in Latin America (1830-1880)
Richard Jacques (Durham University, UK), Zurbarán’s Image of Saint Serapion and the
Transformation of a Body in Pain


11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-1:00 Panel Four – Continuation
Pablo Sánchez Izquierdo (Universitat de València, Spain), The Vernacular Moroccan
Construction and the Spanish Modern Architecture Theories
Élodie Baillot (Sorbonne Université, France), From One Century to Another: French
historiography and the fortune of « Hispano-mauresque » art


1.00-2:00 Lunch


2:00-3:30 Panel Five – Expressions of Power: Arts and politics of the Americas
Alexis Salas (University of Arkansas, USA), “¡Dále Gas! [Give It Gas!]: Art and Oil in The
Petrochemical Americas
Francesca Romana Gregori (University of Padua, Italy), “Antimonumenta” Artistic Practice
in Feminist Mexico
Alessandra Simões Paiva (Federal University of Southern Bahia, Brazil), Revolution from the
Margins: The decolonial turn in the Brazilian contemporary art


3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-5:00 Panel Six – Innovative artforms and artistic agency
Ana Plaza Roig (Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero AGENCIA I+D+i/UNTREF,
Argentina), A Saint Prince in Northwest Argentina: The patronage of Juan José Fernández
Campero de Herrera
Julieta Pestarino (4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics,
Berlin), Botanical Portraits: Anatole Saderman native plants photographs, between Science
and Art
Lariana Olguín (University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico), The Female Figure in the Spanish
and Puerto Rican Satirical Press from 1860-1900


5:15 Closing remarks

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