Conference Announcement: 'Excavating Time'

Excavating Time
Image by Will Maclean
courtesy of Museum Services
© the artist

Uncovering and Recovering the Past in Word and Image

19th Annual Scottish Word and Image Group Conference

Friday 6th – Sunday 8th July 2012
University of Dundee

Excavating Time will consider the processes by which the past might be accessed, preserved, represented, interpreted or ‘fabricated’ through distinctive interactions between visual and verbal media. It will feature keynote lectures by Professor Liliane Louvel (University of Poitiers), with a lecture entitled ‘Hunting, Investigating and Excavating the Past: Effects of the Word/image Apparatus and Photography’, and Nat Edwards (Robert Burns Birthplace Museum), whose lecture is entitled ‘So Many Devils: Interpreting the Robert Burns Birthplace Collection’.

The talks will cover a wide range of subjects and materials, from photography to museums collections and art galleries, stone circles, Medieval and Pre-Raphaelite art and literature, to comics and graphic novels.

There will also be an exhibition, a tour of McManus Galleries, a civic reception and an optional walking tour of Dundee.

Conference Programme

 The conference programme is available in PDF format.  A poster announcing the conference is also available for display on noticeboards.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place in Lecture Theatre 2 in the Dalhousie Building.  Further details can be found on the University's campus map.  The meal on Friday will be held at Chambers Coffee House, and the meal on Saturday is in Bridgeview Station.

Registration & Fees

Register and pay online via the online store (payment by credit/debit card).  'Earlybird' Conference fees apply if fees are paid by 22 June 2012 (12:00 midnight, GMT).  Consession rates apply to students and UMIS members.  If you are unable to pay by credit/debit card via the online store, please complete and return the Excavating Time Registration Form and submit payment by cheque. 

Travel & Accommodation

Dundee is about one-and-a-half hours by train from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen, and is easy to get to by train or plane from within the UK and internationally. For information about travel to and around Dundee, please see the University's travel website.

For information about accommodation in Dundee, please see the page on overnight accommodation in Dundee.

Further Information

If you need more information or guidance, please contact Dr Chris Murray at

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Posted: 11 June 2012