March 14, 2019

Call for Papers | Lucian Freud: Networks, Contexts, Responses; Symposium at Trinity College Dublin

Submission deadline: 31 March.

A one-day symposium on the work of Lucian Freud will take place in the Trinity Long Room Hub in Trinity College Dublin, 7 September 2019. This symposium is part of an ongoing research partnership between the Department of the History of Art and Architecture in Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in connection with the five-year IMMA Collection: Freud Project (2016-21).

Papers are sought which will contribute to the mapping out of new theoretical and historical approaches to Freud’s work. The aim of the symposium is to explore and test out new ways to consider, and critique, Freud’s work, examining it in terms of adjacent cultural categories, conceived within a number of frameworks: period, subject, approach, or medium.

For a variety of reasons, Freud’s work has not yet been subject to the kinds of theoretical scrutiny afforded many other artist contemporaries working in conceptual and other traditions. This symposium invites speculation as to why this might be the case, while also aiming to engage researchers interested in applying new analytical methods to Freud’s practice, with its intense focus on the body, its durational quality, and its curious, usually implicit, relationship to certain strands of continental philosophy, particularly existentialism and phenomenology.

Theoretical approaches to Freud’s work might include (but are not limited to): feminist and queerfeminist considerations of Freud’s painted bodies; analyses of the body in terms of post-humanism/trans-humanism; phenomenological or psychoanalytical approaches; the philosophy of portraiture; Freud and the domestic; Freud and the Jewish diaspora; or considerations of Freud through the lens of celebrity studies.

The symposium organisers hope to strike a balance between theoretical and historical approaches. As such, papers are also sought on the contexts and connections through which Freud worked, his networks and the galleries, publications and patrons through which his work was supported and disseminated.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are invited. The schedule will be based upon panels of 20-minute papers, but proposals for alternative/collaborative forms of presentation are also welcome.

Please adress submissions and/or queries to Dr Nathan O’Donnell, Irish Research Council Enterprise Postdoctoral Fellow, Trinity College Dublin/Irish Museum of Modern Art, in connection with the IMMA Collection: Freud Project. Email:

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Call for Papers | Lucian Freud: Networks, Contexts, Responses; Symposium at Trinity College Dublin