Monday, 2 November 2009

Children, Art and Law

Laura Cumming's piece in yesterday's Observer adds an interesting extra level to the blog posted here in October on Brooke Shields. The detail above is taken from Bronzino's An Alegory with Venus and Cupid, a painting that has hung, apparently without problem, in the National Gallery for many years. Cumming explains some of the context and coverage of this image in her piece  When juxtaposed with work such as that of Tierney Gearon and others it provides a useful way of trying to undertand the context within which we see children within art, and how the way we view this can be constructed.

Justice, Media and Public conference: Changing Public Perceptions in the New Media Landscape

There is an excellent conference taking place next March that some of you may be interested in attending, or even contributing to. This is organised by Rob Mawby from Leicester, and Lieve Gies (Keele). Lieve is a renowned academic working in the area, her book Law and the Media (front cover image above) being a very important intervention for law and popular culture. The conference takes place on 25 and 26 March 2010 at Keele University with some great speakers alreday confirmed, but there is still time to submit an abstract if you are interested in attending this. More details of the conference are available via the conference website and it is also publicised via our Journal site, indeed the current issue of this is the special issue on Celebrity Big Brother, edited by Lieve herself.