Kevin Murphy to Speak at Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar

Kevin Murphy, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities and chair of the History of Art Department, and Sally O’Driscoll, associate professor of English, Fairfield University, will be featured speakers at the Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar on Friday, March 28, from noon to 2 p.m. They will address “Ephemera as Intervention: Deploying the Visual” in the conference room of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities on the Vanderbilt campus. Murphy and O’Driscoll are co-editors of Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print (2013).

Murphy’s work has focused on historicism in France and the United States, both with respect to new designs based on historic precedents and with regard to the preservation of historic sites. His publications include Memory and Modernity: Viollet-le-Duc at VĂ©zelay (2000), Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill, Maine: Commerce, Culture and Community on the Eastern Frontier (2010), several co-edited volumes, and numerous journal articles. He is currently working on a book that considers issues surrounding the commemoration of political revolution in the late 18th and 19th centuries by examining the contributions of the Marquis de Lafayette to French and American history.

O’Driscoll teaches 18th-century British literature and culture, women’s and gender studies, queer theory, and cultural studies. She has published in edited collections and in journals, including Signs, The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.

This seminar aims to foster dialogue among faculty and graduate students across campus working in film, visual culture, art history, literature, and cultural studies, as well as anyone interested in theories of the image, philosophies of perception, aesthetics and critical theory, media histories, and the history of vision.

Lunch is included, and no RSVP is necessary. For more information, contact Jennifer Fay, seminar coordinator, at

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