J. M. W. Turner | State of the Field Symposium (Day 2)

The symposium schedule and speaker biographies and abstracts are available for download here

This two-day symposium will consider the state and meaning of scholarship on J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), one of Britain’s most celebrated artists. Thinking through the extensive Turner historiography, this symposium will explore some of the key ideas, underlying assumptions, and future directions of research. Panelists will consider the place of their research within the broader field of British studies. 

This symposium will be held online on Friday, September 22, and Saturday, September 23, 2023. 

Turner Symposium Program 

All times are Eastern Daylight Time.


Saturday, September 23

9:00–9:05 am

Panel 3: Early Turner
Chair: Martin Myrone, Paul Mellon Centre
9:05–10:05 am

Whither Early Turner?
Leo Costello, Rice University

J. M. W. Turner and the Landed Estate 
John Bonehill, University of Glasgow

10:05–10:15 am

Panel 4: Curating Turner
Chair: Lucinda Lax, Yale Center for British Art
10:15–11:15 am 

Turner at Petworth: Past Approaches and Future Directions
Emily Knight, National Trust

The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective
Helen Cobby, Bath Spa University

11:15–11:25 am

Panel 5: Varied Approaches: Language, Economy, and Ecology
Chair: Tim Barringer, Yale University 
11:25 am–12:45 pm

The Ecological Turn(er)
Sarah Gould, Université Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne

“The Sun is God”: Turner, Angerstein, and Insurance
Matthew Hunter, McGill University

Translating Turner: The French Edition of the Correspondence
Aurélie Petiot, Université Paris Nanterre

Top image
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Staffa, Fingal's Cave, 1831 to 1832, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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