The Worlds of British Sculpture: Sculpture and Empire at St Paul’s Cathedral, c.1796-1916

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June 28, 2022
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Australian and New Zealand History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Asian History / Studies

The 'Worlds of British Sculpture: Sculpture and Empire at St Paul’s Cathedral, c.1796-1916' conference will take place online in the afternoon/early evening BST of Tuesday 28 June - exact programme and time to be confirmed.  It is free and open to all but booking is required - tickets can be booked via the project website -

This is the concluding international conference of the UKRI-funded research project Pantheons: Sculpture at St Paul’s Cathedral, c.1796-1916, a collaboration between the Department of History of Art at the University of York and St Paul’s Cathedral.  The conference is concerned with the intersections of sculpture and empire at the cathedral between 1796 and 1916.

The papers will be grouped into five clusters:

  • The Americas
  • South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia
  • Afghanistan, the Punjab
  • Africa
  • Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica

The series of twelve presentations will be object-focused, on small, related groups of monuments, by key scholars in the field. The papers will be available in advance to watch at your convenience: further details will be posted on the project website and on social media. As you watch, please email any questions you may have for our speakers to, specifying who your question is for: these questions will form the basis of the panel discussions at the conference.

Links to the presentations will be sent out to ticket-holders the week before the conference.

Confirmed Speakers & Chairs

Dr Paula Gooder (Chancellor, St Paul’s Cathedral) – Welcome

  • Prof. Alex Bremner (University of Edinburgh): Central Africa
  • Dr Petrina Dacres (Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts): The Caribbean
  • Prof. Santanu Das (University of Oxford): The Punjab
  • Prof. Jason Edwards (University of York): Afghanistan
  • Dr Issy Gapp (University of Toronto): Antarctica
  • Dr. Maddie Hewitson (Ashmolean Museum): Egypt and the Sudan
  • Dr Sophie Matthiesson (Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki): New Zealand
  • Dr Sarah Monks (Independent Scholar): Southeast Asia
  • Prof. Charmaine Nelson (Institute for Study of Canadian Slavery, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design): Canada
  • Dr Kate Nichols (University of Birmingham): Australia
  • Dr Jiyi Ryu (National Research Foundation of Korea): East Asia
  • Dr Rebecca Senior (University of Nottingham): United States of America
  • Dr Greg Sullivan (University of York/St Paul’s Cathedral): Asia
  • Dr Sean Wilcock (University of Oxford): South Africa


Contact Info: 

Pantheons: Sculpture at St Paul's Cathedral research project 

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