The Future of the Art History Book

Next month I’m thrilled to be giving a keynote on ‘The Future of the Art History Book’ the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, as part of Academic Book Week and supported by the AHRC Digital Transformations Theme.

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About the event:

From Lives of the Artists, to The Story of Art, and Differencing the Canon, the discipline of art history has been defined by its books (Hyde Minor 1994; Macartney 2011; Shone and Stonnard, 2013). The art history book remains the standard of professional validation and knowledge transfer within the discipline. Yet, with the arrival of the internet and digital publishing technologies, the limiting nature of traditional academic publishing and the potential for alternative models have been exposed (Hall, 2008; Fitzpatrick, 2011; Frosio, 2014). Academic presses have sought to augment and re-engineer the academic text by exploring new systems for aggregation, annotation, collaborative writing, data visualisation, open access and peer review.  But art history is seriously behind in developing robust publishing models for the future (Ballon and Westermann, 2006; Evans, Thomson and Watkins, 2011; Zorich, 2012). In this talk, Charlotte Frost regards the art history book as the site of contention in the quest to historicise emerging (and often technologically-rich) art forms. She asks ‘what should the art history book of the future look like and what should it do differently for the discipline to evolve?’

This event is part of Academic Book Week, taking place 9-16 November

Wednesday 11 November 2015
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN


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