• 1 November 2017

We are inviting paper proposals for an international conference on Portraiture and Biography organised in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, London. The National Portrait Gallery will be putting on a major exhibition devoted to Thomas Gainsborough's portraits of himself and his relations which will take place from 22 November 2018 until 23 February 2019 and to coincide with this, the conference will offer an opportune moment to give critical consideration to the role(s) that the biographical archive might play in portraiture studies going forward.

With the aim of generating a lively and thought-provoking discussion, we would welcome papers that consider portraiture’s fraught relationship with biography without restrictions of time or place, and from the vantage-point of a wide range of disciplines; some of the most interesting recent art-historical work has drawn upon anthropology, microhistory, and material culture studies, for example, though our ambition is to include contributions from across the broadest possible methodological spectrum.

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