Pantheons: Sculpture at St Paul's Cathedral (c.1796-1916)

Conference 2022

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

The conference is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Links to view the presentations will be sent out on Tuesday 21 June.

This is the second 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 Pantheons project’s concluding 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 here 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.

The conference itself will take place on Tuesday 28 June. It will take the form of a round-table discussion.

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): South Asia
  • Dr Sean Willcock (University of Oxford): South Africa
Conference banner - mosaic of small, square details from different monuments