Wednesday, April 11, 2012

UIS conference on "The Symbolist Movement" brings global experts to central Illinois

WHAT: Professors from around the globe will present their work at a University of Illinois Springfield sponsored conference exploring “The Symbolist Movement, Its Origins and Its Consequences”. A total of 45 presenters, including faculty and students from UIS, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and seven foreign countries will participate.

WHEN: April 25-28, 2012 – Check the link below for specific times

WHERE: Robert Allerton Park & Retreat Center, Monticello, Ill.

DETAILS: The conference will explore the origins of Symbolism, a variety of Symbolist manifestations in art, literature, music and philosophy, its consequences in art and literature, and discuss how ideas moved from one European country to another. Many artists and scholars consider that the Symbolist movement had precursors among early Renaissance painters and served as the basis for artistic and intellectual movements that followed it.

Keynote speakers for the event include Dominique Jarrassé, professor of art history at the University of Bordeaux and Ecole du Louvre, France. He is a leading art historian and specialist in Symbolism in sculpture. He will speak on Wednesday, April 25 starting at 8 p.m. The second keynote will be delivered by art historian Liana De Girolami Cheney, professor of art history and chair of the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She will speak at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

Registration for the conference is required, but members of the media and University of Illinois students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend without being registered. For more on the conference and a complete list of events, visit www.uis.edu/hosted-orgs/conferences/symbolism/program.html or email Rosina Neginksy at rnegi1@uis.edu.

The symposium is dedicated to the memory of Caryl T. Moy, Ph.D. distinguished professor emerita at UIS.

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