Now in its 29th year, the Ruskin Seminar Series brings specialist guest-speakers to Lancaster. Part of a vibrant programme of exhibitions, events and research, the Seminar Series celebrates Ruskin’s relevance to our world today, and explores how his ideas can help us shape a better future.
In 2019-2020, we explore the relevance of Ruskin’s thinking to topics ranging from ecological crisis to evolutionary theory.
Seminars are free, and open to everyone.
Franziska Schenk: Close Looking – Nature’s Microcosm as seen through Ruskin’s Lens
18 October 2019, 16.15-18:00
Franziska Schenk (Birmingham City University) casts a close eye on Ruskin’s nature-centric artwork to extend the Victorian’s sharp-focused vision into the contemporary nano-realm.
Mark Frost: Divine and Defiled Waters – Ruskin, the Wandel, and Victorian Ecocrisis
31 October 2019, 16.15-18:00
Dr Mark Frost (University of Portsmouth) discusses waterways, bodies and ecocrisis in Victorian Britain, and Ruskin’s efforts to cleanse the River Wandel at Carshalton, Surrey.
POSTPONED: Fredrick Albritton Jonsson: Ruskin’s Post Carbon Society – Imagining the Future during the Victorian Coal Panic
Dr Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (University of Chicago) explores fossil fuels, economic growth, and the relevance of Ruskin to understanding ecological concerns in his time and our own.
Suzanne Fagence Cooper: Storm Clouds and the Sea of Ice - Ruskin in the Alps
30 April 2020, 16:15-18:00 - book tickets
Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper (York Art Gallery) examines the interconnections between Ruskin’s observations of changing Alpine skyscapes and landscapes over 40 years, with his own concerns about personal fragility and decline.
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