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Visiting Speaker Series & Lecture Lists

The Programme for the Visiting Speakers Series and the Lecture Lists for Michaelmas Term 2022 are now available. The Ruskin Visiting Speakers Series is open to members of the University - details below. Curriculum lectures held in the Examinations School are open to members of the University, but those held on Ruskin School of Art premises are generally closed except to Ruskin students and appointed students.  

Michaelmas Term 2022

The Ruskin Visiting Speakers Series

Convenors: Eve Ess and Sarah Jones

In the academic year 2022-23, the Ruskin will be hosting a series of talks by leading practitioners in international contemporary art (artists, writers, curators and others), which will be open to the University community.  These talks will be held at the School's East Oxford building in Bullingdon Road, usually at 5pm on alternate Thursdays (even weeks) through the term.  Details of the full programme will be updated below but the series launches in Week 4 of Michaelmas Term with Alvaro Barrington.

Non-Ruskin members of the University (students, staff and alumni) can attend these talks. Please bring your University card.

  • Project Space, Ruskin School of Art, 128 Bullingdon Road, OX4 1QP
  • Week 4 - Thursday 3rd November, 5pm:  Alvaro Barrington
  • Week 6 - Thursday 17th November, 5pm: Nina Trivedi
  • Week 8 - Thursday 1st December, 5pm: Jenkin van Zyl


Lecture Lists

Teaching begin on the first possible day after the beginning of Full Term unless otherwise stated.

Non-members of the University may not attend university lectures (unless they are announced as open to the general public) without payment of a fee, otherwise than by personal invitation of the lecturer concerned. Persons who are neither reading for a qualification of this University nor otherwise exempt, and who wish to attend lectures in any term, should apply to the Buildings and Events Manager, Examination Schools, for details of fees. At least three working days’ notice is required before a lecture permit can be issued, to allow liaison with the department or faculty concerned. Senior visiting scholars from other universities who wish to attend lectures, seminars, or classes should normally apply to the lecturer concerned directly, and not to the Buildings and Events Manager.


History and Theory of Contemporary Visual Culture

Convenor: Jason Gaiger

Lectures held in the Examination Schools are open to any member of the University of Oxford. Those lectures and seminars etc held at the Ruskin School of Art are open only to Ruskin students except by arrangement in advance.  Please apply.


Prelims (BFA1) - Mondays

Module 1, weeks 1-3: Contemporary Art History and Theory: An Introduction
Professor Jason Gaiger & Dr Rachel Wells

  • Week  1
  • 2 - 3.30pm, Exan Schools - 'What, Where and When is Contemporary Art?',  Jason Gaiger & Rachel Wells

Module 2, weeks 5-7: Are We Nearly There Yet? Landscape and Art from Then to Now and Back Again
Dr Kate Keohane

  • Timetable tbc


Final Honours School (BFA2) - Wednesdays

Weeks 1-6: Distance and Disraction  
Professor Anthony Gardner & Dr Rachel Wells

  • 11am, Exam Schools
  • Week 3
  • 'Conflict', Rachel Wells
  • Week 4
  • 'Loss', Rachel Wells
  • Week 6
  • 'Interpretation', Rachel Wells

last edited: November 23rd 2022