Research In Progress: GUSTA Faculty Panel (October 26th, 4-6 pm)

Building on the success of last year’s lecture series, GUSTA will be hosting this term’s first faculty panel on October 26th, from 4-6 pm in UC52. Please feel free to come and go as your schedule permits.
In November GUSTA will be hosting two more research in progress panels, featuring PhD and MA student research (with more panels planned for next term!). With these panels GUSTA hopes to continue fostering dialogue within the Department of Art and highlight the exciting research of our faculty and colleagues.
This term’s research in progress faculty panel will feature Professors Joseph Clarke and Carl Knappett speaking on their current research projects:
Perturbed by Noise – Prof. Joseph Clarke
In the 1950s and 60s, corporations began to eliminate physical barriers within offices in an effort to maximize verbal communication. Workplaces “humming” with activity were the pride of executives, but psychologists worried that high sound levels could hinder productivity. This talk explores the new office architecture that resulted from these acoustic debates.
Approaching Protohistoric Art, or ‘Meaning in the Making’ – Prof. Carl Knappett
In this talk I present the thinking behind a book project I am bringing to completion on creativity in ancient art. My focus is the art of the Aegean Bronze Age, but my message has, I hope, broader resonance. The particular problem I will target is hylomorphism; and I will review some of the different reactions to this problem, such as biological monism, social non-dualism, and cognitive non-dualism. If time, I will also work through my reasons for developing an approach based on the last of these, and show how tackling ancient art through praxeologies (such as imprinting, substituting, combining, and containing) can be productive.

Should you have any questions or are interested in participating in future panels please feel free to contact Emily Doucet (

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