Please find a message below from a colleague in Italian Studies at Leeds
that may be of interest to list members.
From: Matthew Treherne
Sent: 03 August 2007 16:19
To: Paul Cooke
Subject: Teaching visual arts in modern language courses - National
We are organising a workshop on teaching the visual arts in modern
languages courses, to be held in Cambridge on Friday 23rd November 2007.
If colleagues are interested in attending, or contributing, we'll be
very happy to speak informally with them about this. Further details
are at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/italian/research/artworkshop.htm, and
Workshop on Teaching Visual Arts in a University Modern Languages
Friday 23rd November, 2007
The Rushmore Room, St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Organised by Abigail Brundin (Department of Italian, University of
Cambridge), Emma Wagstaff (Department of French, University of
Birmingham) and Matthew Treherne (Department of Italian, University of
As undergraduate courses in modern languages become increasingly
interdisciplinary, a growing number of students are following modules
and papers which study the visual arts. This national workshop will
bring together academics from modern languages departments who teach the
visual art of a range of national and historical contexts. By exploring
the particular challenges and opportunities encountered in teaching the
visual arts to students of modern languages, it will enable the sharing
of best practice and the exchange of ideas, and will establish a network
of colleagues working in this area.
Specific themes to be addressed by the workshop include:
- What models exist for integrating the study of the visual arts
into modern languages syllabi?
- How do we teach the techniques of art analysis within the
constraints of individual modules/courses?
- What place can, or should, art theory have in our teaching of
the visual arts?
- What can the teaching of visual arts within a modern languages
syllabus offer that is distinctive from other study contexts?
- What resources are already available to support our teaching
the visual arts, and which might need to be developed?
The workshop will be based around short informal presentations by
colleagues, addressing these themes and discussing particular examples.
Colleagues wishing to participate should contact the workshop organisers
at [log in to unmask] (Abigail Brundin); [log in to unmask] (Emma
Wagstaff); or [log in to unmask] (Matthew Treherne).
The event is free, but participants are asked to register using the form
at: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/italian/research/artworkshop.htm. An optional
buffet lunch will be available in the College.
Dr Matthew Treherne
Department of Italian
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
University of Leeds
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7846