2020 Programme
3 March, 6:00pm–7:00pmFree Public Lecture
Speaker: Richard Read (UWA): ‘Theories of Perception and the Aesthetics of Landscape Painting in Britain, Australia and the United States in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries’
Venue: The Circle, Reid Library, The University of Western Australia
Abstract: Discussions of landscape painting in this period have been dominated by traditional tensions between the aesthetic conventions of the beautiful, the sublime and the picturesque and how their significance differs in different countries. In this lecture Emeritus Professor Richard Read looks at the way in which such conventions are underwritten by conflicts between empirical and idealist theories of perception in painting and writing about landscapes that are new to Western occupiers. He argues that the issue of the blind man newly restored to sight in the philosophical writings of John Locke, Bishop Berkeley and others bears not only on the subject matter and style of certain landscape paintings in three countries, but forms of government and the legal status of indigenous peoples. This reflects the arguments of a chapter shortly to be published in Colonization, Wilderness and Other Spaces: Nineteenth-Century Landscape Painting in Australia and the United States, ed. Richard Read and Kenneth Haltman (Chicago: Terra Foundation for American Art distributed by University of Chicago Press, 2020). The chapter is the basis of a short book under contract with Cambridge University Press for publication in 2021, The Aftermath of Molyneux’s Question.

31 March, 6:00pm. PMRG Annual General Meeting
The PMRG committee has decided that due to the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 AGM will not go ahead as planned but alternative arrangements will be made, and the AGM will be held online.
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Online.
Tuesday 30 June, 6:00pm (AWST)First meeting of the PMRG Middle English online reading group.
The group will meet by Zoom for an hour every fortnight on Tuesdays at 6:00pm AWST, starting Tuesday June 30. The first text they’ll be reading is Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale.

Postponed until September 2021 PMRG/[email protected]/Limina Conference:
‘Adaptation in the Humanities: Reimagining the Past, Present, and Future’
Venue: The University of Western Australia
More details: https://conference.pmrg.org.au/
PMRG Annual Quiz Night
Venue: TBC