Joshua Reynolds, "Jane Fleming, Later Countess of Harrington," 1778–79, oil on c
Portraiture as Interaction: The Spaces and Interfaces of the British Portrait

Call for Papers
December 11–12, 2015
The Huntington, San Marino, California 

A symposium jointly organized by the Yale Center for British Art, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. 

This two-day international symposium has been inspired by the important collections of British portraits at the Huntington Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, and by an upsurge of scholarly interest in the interactive nature of portraiture—both in its intrinsic character and as a curatorial construct. We are seeking proposals for thirty-five to forty-minute papers that consider new approaches to the history and workings of British portraiture up to the present. Participants will be encouraged to offer original and innovative readings of individual portraits, groups of portraits, portrait galleries, and portraiture as a genre. Cross-disciplinary and comparative studies are particularly welcome. 

Please e-mail abstracts of no more than three hundred words, along with a short CV, to Research ( The deadline for proposals is November 7, 2014. Please see the "Call for Papers" for details.