Conference 2022
Wednesday 06/04/2022 - Friday 08/04/2022



The Association for Art History’s 48th Annual Conference brings together international research and critical debate about art, art history and visual cultures. This key annual event for art history is an opportunity to keep up to date with new research, hear leading keynotes, broaden networks and exchange ideas.

Open to all and attracting around 500 attendees each year, the Annual Conference is popular with academics, curators, practitioners, PhD students, early career researchers and non-art historians engaged with related research.

Although the 2022 Annual Conference was conceived as an in-person event, we have made the difficult decision to move to a fully digital platform owing to the uncertainties of evolving Covid-19 restrictions and to ensure the safety of delegates and staff. Therefore, all aspects of the conference will be made available digitally throughout the three-day event.


The 2022 Annual Conference reflects the Association for Art History’s commitment to a broad and inclusive art history for all. We will host a broad and inclusive range of sessions, across all areas of research and practice, from the classical to the contemporary, and on research that focuses on practice outside of Europe and North America.

Presenting the latest international research and debates across art, art history, curating and visual cultures that will inform future scholarship and practice, we will deliver a programme of sessions that work across established boundaries, be they interdisciplinary, geographical or conceptual, and others that consider historiography and pedagogy in art and curating histories and discourses.


We are pleased to announce that our 2022 keynotes will be:

  • Wednesday 6 April 2022, 17.45 - 19.00
    Keynote lecture with Irit Rogoff (Goldsmiths, University of London) on 'Becoming Research' 
  • Thursday 7 April 2022, 17.45 - 19.00
    Keynote lecture with Stephanie Porras (Tulane University, New Orleans) on ‘paper, ivory, feathers: viral materiality in the early modern world’
  • Friday 8 April 2022, 11.30 - 12.45
    Keynote lecture with Cecile Fromont (Yale University, New Haven) on 'Images on a Mission in Early Modern Kongo and Angola'

Conference Partnerships & Collaborations

You may be aware that our intended partner, Goldsmiths, University of London, has been ‘grey listed’ by the UCU (University and College Union) in response to the College’s plan to eliminate 46 staff positions to help solve its operating deficit. The grey listing asks members and those in the international academic community to, among other things, refuse to speak at or organise academic events at the university and to relocate any events scheduled to take place at Goldsmiths. We stand in strong solidarity with our members there and will no longer host the Annual Conference in partnership with the institution. We are, therefore, taking the highly unusual step of presenting our conference independent of a university affiliation.

Tickets and Booking

The Association for Art History’s 2022 Annual Conference is open to all. Our members receive reduced conference ticket rates, and even greater savings – of over 15% – are still available as we are freezing all ticket pricing at early bird ticket rates. Non-members are also welcome to attend.

If you have already purchased a ticket this will automatically transfer from an in-person to a digital participation ticket.

What People Value about the Annual Conference


  • “such a collegiate environment”
  • “high quality research, dialogue and debate”
  • “outstanding keynotes”
  • “excellent and stimulating range of research”


  • “I learned new things and was thoroughly engaged”
  • “meeting people with shared interests”
  • “exposure to a vast range of topics”
  • “new ideas and perspectives”

Become a Member


As a member of the Association for Art History you get discounted tickets for all our UK-wide events, including the Annual Conference



As a member of the Association for Art History you join a community of like-minded people with access to networks and support



As a member of the Association for Art History you have exclusive access to our grants, prizes and doctoral and early career mentoring scheme



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