RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteemCottington received research awards from the Leverhulme Trust (1991) and the British Academy (1992) in support of the project which resulted in his book Cubism in the Shadow of War for Yale UP. Since the completion of this, he has received further awards from the Leverhulme Trust (Research Grant 1999), the AHRB (Research Leave award 2000) and the British Academy (Research Grant 2000) in support of his present projects. Since 1994 he has given guest lectures at the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge and Exeter, the National Galleries of Scotland and the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
Arthur C. Danto review of Cubism in the Shadow of War, in Bookforum (USA), Spring 1999:
"The brilliance with which Cottington situates cubism in its political context between the years of 1905 and 1914 is unparalleled by anything I know of in art history, despite the recent impulses to politicize that discipline […] (this is) an inspiring work that initiates a new genre of art-historical thinking." He has examined at the NCAD, Dublin for BA's in Fine Art, Fine Art with Art History and Art Education; at the University of Edinburgh for the MA in Fine Art; at Bath Spa University College for the MA in Visual Culture; at the London Institute, Central St Martins for the BA Hons in Fine Art and in Theatre Design; and at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design for the BA Hons in Fine Art.
Florence has received the following invitations, among others, since 1994:
1995 on: Visiting International Speaker, MFA program, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (annual, with a month-long visit in 1998);
1997: Endings and Transformations conference, Trent University, Canada (supported with British Academy conference award).
1998: International Association of Philosophy and Literature (IAPL), University of California at Irvine; invited Panel speaker
1998: Loughborough University Critical Studies Forum;
1999: UCE/BIAD conference and publication series Disciplines, Fields, Change ‘Aesthetics’;
1998/9: Special Issue guest editor (with Nicola Foster) of Women’s Philosophy Review (Warwick
University) by invitation of the Journal; subsequently invited to join the board.
1999: Critical Voices series on Griselda Pollock, G&B Arts International, by invitation of series editor.
2000: Keynote speaker Exchange 2000 conference at UWE, Bristol, November 2-3.
She has been a Board Member of Women’s Philosophy Review since 1998, and Referee/reader for: Signs since 1997, Women’s Philosophy Review since 1998, European Journal of Women’s Studies since its launch in 1994, and Cambridge University Press.
Endorsements of Differential Aesthetics:
Norman Bryson: „It is a serious and brilliant collection, undogmatic in its selection, and it sustains an exceptional level of intellectual energy from start to finish. With so little around that imaginatively addresses this area, it is sure to find a broad and enthusiastic readership. A landmark in its field for years to come.“
Carolyn Korsmeyer: ‘Not only does this collection represent current evolutions in feminist thinking about art and aesthetic values; it posits a schema for conceiving the dynamism that marks culture and its changes.’
Peg Brand ‘[...] this will further enhance their (the editors’) international recognition [...] (The book) clearly advances scholarship in the field [...] and creates needed ties between philosophical traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.’
Florence has examined a PhD for Surrey University; is appointed to act for Northumbria and is External Examiner for the MA in Art and Education at BIAD.
Kavanagh has received the following invitations, among others, since 1994:
1994: Keynote address at Museums Association Conference, New Zealand.
1997: Keynote address on ‘City histories in museums’ at ICOM-ICMAH Conference in Thessaloniki,
1998: Convenor/chair, conference on the future for history in the museums of Northern Ireland.
1999: Keynote addresses to the Icelandic Museums Association on ‘professionalism and museum training’ at their annual conference.
1999: Lecture and workshop on ‘Objects as evidence: approaches for historians’ at Bishop Grosseteste College Lincoln.
Paper ‘Trauma and the place of the personal in the public’ at the international conference on
museums and social inclusion held at the University of Leicester.
She has been, inter alia, a consultant to the National Audit Office on their survey of National Museums and Galleries in Scotland (1994), a member of the Museums Associations Ethics panel (1998 on), and a member of European panel (representing the UK) researching professionalism and training in member countries of the EU, Leonardo-funded and organised by DIK, Stockholm (1995-98).
Review of the edited volume Museum Provision and Professionalism, from the International Journal of Heritage Studies:
'Of the many writers who have influenced the development of museology and museums in Britain, Gaynor Kavanagh has become the one to treasure. This may not be immediately apparent, for her publications include works on the more prosaic aspects of museum life, but she has ploughed her own furrow,
away from the fields of continental theory into the less fashionable acres of museum history. So far, Kavanagh has led us through the nineteenth century, on into and out of the First World War. As this project progresses, it may well become the one we turn to with increasing frequency as we realise that history is still required, even in conditions of post-modernity.'
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