How do illustrations, drawings, and diagrams, inform our understanding of the world? What is the role of the visual in the collection, organisation, understanding and communication of knowledge? What is the relationship between the ‘natural’ and the ‘imagined’?
The 4th International Illustration Symposium, ‘Science, Imagination & the Illustration of Knowledge’, 7-8 November 2013, will explore the centrality of the visual, not only as a way of putting pictures to text, but as a means of imagining, investigating, engaging with, and seeking to understand the world. The programme of Keynote presentations, panel sessions and poster presentations will reveal the depth and breadth of illustration as a discipline, historically and today, and will be of great interest to anyone interested in the interconnectedness of the visual and knowledge, or of art and science. It will be of particular interest to researchers and practitioners in medicine, illustration, design, drawing, art history, geology, geography, history of science, philosophy of science, anthropology, cultural studies, architecture, and museology, amongst others.
The two-day research symposium, which will take place at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum, is a collaboration between the four Oxford University Museums and the Illustration Research Network, supported by the Camberwell Press (University of the Arts London). The world-famous collections of the Oxford University Museums will provide an important context for exploration of central themes of the meeting. Keynote speakers, art historian Professor Martin Kemp and director and designer Johnny Hardstaff, will be joined by other key contributors, along with panel and poster presentations by researchers from across the globe.
For more information and to book tickets please visit the Illustration Research website.