Tuesday 3 March 18:30 - 19:30

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
UCL Wilkins Building
Gower Street

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The Pathological Image


Mechthild Fend, Professor of History of Art, UCl Department of History of Art, delivers her Inaugural Lecture: The Pathological Image

About the speaker

Mechthild joined the department in 2006. Previously (2001-2005) she was a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She also held a number of prestigious post-doctoral fellowships and awards, including a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000-2001), and a membership at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton (2005-2006). She specialises in French 18th- and 19th-century art and visual culture and the historically changing relations between art and science. Her work is driven by a feminist perspective and an interest in the complex relationships between body and image. She has also published on art theory and the historiography of art history, and she has lectured and published widely on skin, flesh tones, skin colour and artistic anatomy. Her most current work is concerned with anatomical illustrations and medical imagery, and she is starting a new project on the pathologies of the portrait.

Inaugural Lecture Series 2019/20

This lecture is part of the 2019/20 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL. 

All our lectures are free to attend and open to all. You don't have to be a UCL staff member or student to come along.

Lectures begin at 18:30 and are typically one hour long. A drinks reception will follow, to which everyone is welcome to join.

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  • The Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre is located on the second floor of the south junction of the UCL Wilkins Building.

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  • There is staggered seating within the lecture theatre.
  • The steps to the staggered seating do not have handrails.
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