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This panel discussion chaired by Dr Alexander Marr, Director of the Centre for Visual Culture, will address the representation of women in Cambridge University and its constituent colleges. Historically and still today, women are under-represented in Cambridge portraiture, in the University itself but especially in the colleges. This event will bring together people from the University and College communities to discuss the key issues at stake. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception until 7pm.

Portraiture plays an important role in the corporate identity of these institutions, but until very recently little attempt has been made to redress the gender imbalance in portraits displayed and commissioned. This problem extends also to wider issues of diversity and inclusivity.

This panel chaired by Dr Alexander Marr, Director of the Centre for Visual Culture, will bring together a range of people from the university and college communities to discuss this subject, whose research, professional, or community experience provides them with insights into the issues at stake:

  • Dr Amy Tobin, Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Cambridge
  • Professor Caroline Vout, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge
  • Apolline Bokkerink, Undergraduate in the History of Art at the University of Cambridge
  • Ben Sullivan, artist.

Topics to be discussed will include:

  • the historical background to gender inequality in portraiture
  • the politics of commissioning and display
  • aims and challenges in the contemporary representation of women in Cambridge
  • recent attempts to redress the gender imbalance (commissions, rehangs, photographic portraits, temporary exhibitions)—their success and failures
  • participation (or lack thereof) of the student body in the representation of women
  • the role of the University’s museums and galleries (including the UL).

The event is free, and open to all. Suitable for ages 14+. Booking required. BOOK HERE

This event is part of The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge programme hosted by Cambridge University Libraries, and generously supported by Cambridge Assessment, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation, and the Friends of Cambridge University Library.

Access: Trinity Hall Lecture Theatre has full access.

Event speaker: 
Chaired by Dr Alexander Marr
Location: 
Trinity Hall, Lecture Theatre, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TJ
Date: 
Tuesday, 18 February, 2020
Time: 
17.00-18.30
Audience: 
ALL WELCOME
Booking: 
Booking required