Kate Flint, Provost Professor of Art History and English, will open her conversation on the polymathic approach as an inherent necessity in any field in the Humanities. Professor Flint will discuss with students the interdisciplinary method she applies in her current work on the visuality of flash photography, where she explores the language, the associations, and the poetics of sudden, startling, flashes of light to illuminate and understand the human experience.
Kate Flint is Provost Professor of English and Art History, and chair of the department of art history. She also serves as the director of the Visual Studies Research Institute and the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate. Her polymathic work spans Victorian and early 20th-century cultural and literary history, visual culture, women’s writing, gender studies and transatlantic studies. Two of her books—The Victorians and the Visual Imagination and The Woman Reader, 1837–1914—won the British Academy’s Rose Mary Crawshay literary prize. She is currently working on the visuality of flash photography – the language, the associations, and the poetics of sudden, startling, flashes of light.