SAS Postgraduate Research Seminar Series

SAS Postgraduate Research Seminar Series
10 May 2022, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Research Training


The multi-disciplinary SAS Postgraduate Research Seminar Series provides an ideal environment for doctoral researchers to develop their presentation skills and share their work in progress – such as future conference presentations, summaries of research or PhD chapters, and methodology challenges. 

We plan to combine opportunities for in-person and online participation across the academic year, but will maintain a blended offering to ensure distance learners can participate throughout the Series. 

In the next academic year 2021-2022, the seminars are currently scheduled between 2.00 – 3.30pm on:  
Tuesday 11th January
Tuesday 8th February
Tuesday 10th May

Seminar 3: Tuesday 10 May 2021, 2-3.30pm (BST)

1. Beatrice Cannelli (Digital Humanities Research Hub, School of Advanced Study)
Archiving Social Media: a Comparative Study of the Practices, Obstacles, and Opportunities Related to the Development of Social Media Archives

Social media – as a new, important, and ubiquitous means of communication – is one of the defining characteristics of 21st-century life. As a digital assemblage of data, objects and human interactions, social media holds a unique cultural value, offering privileged insights on to history, social trends, politics, and economic matters. In the last decade, archivists have come a long way in the practice of archiving social media, but they are still facing significant challenges.
First this paper will discuss the value of social media and highlight the reasons why content shared on these platforms is endangered and in need to be preserved. It will then illustrate the results from a survey and some of the interviews conducted as part of my PhD research, aiming to provide an overview of the state of the art and the location of the latest social media archiving initiatives. This paper will highlight patterns on the distribution of such initiatives and provide a better understanding of the scope and structure of current social media archiving practices. It will also address challenges faced, shed light on methods and policies implemented so far by memory institutions.

2. Sarah Coviello (Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study)

It takes a bunch of Art Historians with a personal collection, an under-appreciated century, and a Royal Academy Winter Exhibition: taste-making at the 1960 show ‘Italian Art and Britain’

The Royal Academy winter exhibition of 1960, entitled ‘Italian Art and Britain’ was acclaimed by many for celebrating the often unusual taste of British collectors for certain schools and centuries of Italian art. Not enough attention, however, has been paid to the fact that among the lenders there were many known art historians, such as Kenneth Clark, Denis Mahon, Ben Nicolson, and Anthony Blunt. Collecting and lending pieces of mainly the 17th and 16th Century, which was then overlooked, they acted as wardens of those artefacts, whilst working towards changing the taste of both the specialised and general public.
In my talk I shall explore how art historians used their own personal collection to create a place in the art historical canon for some artists and schools which are now very appreciated, such as Guercino, Carracci, Caravaggio and Nicolas Poussin, but were disregarded back then. Drawing from materials of my PhD research, I shall focus on the above mentioned 1960 exhibition and the figure of Denis Mahon, allowing also for a discussion of recent events, such as Denis Mahon’s bequest to the National Gallery of 2011.

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.


Kremena Velinova
020 7664 4884