RPF 2010-11 Global mysticisms: Theosophy, modernity and the arts, c. 1875-1920

Project: Other projectOther internal award

Project Details

Layman's description

This project examines the relationship between the visual and performing arts and the Theosophical Society between 1875 and 1920. This funding would give me the resources, in the first instance, to develop an international and interdisciplinary research network of scholars who are rethinking the important, but much ignored, connections between art, mysticism and modernity in this period. I will organise a preliminary workshop at York for key partners in the network to help us work towards making a larger grant application.

Key findings

The main objectives of the project were:
1.To develop a joint bid with scholars in the UK, USA, and Europe to establish an international research network. We successfully applied for a Leverhulme Trust International Network grant.
2.To host a series of interdisciplinary events to help establish and maintain collaboration amongst members of the research network. This was achieved by hosting an international network-building workshop at York in July 2011.
3.To develop three main outputs:
1)peer-reviewed publications (special issue of a journal, edited collection of essays) authored by members of the Research Network. A proposal has been sent to Modern Intellectual History.
2)To develop an online web resource for the activities of the network (see http://www.york.ac.uk/history-of-art/enchanted-modernities/).
3)to propose an exhibition on the Theosophical Society, fin-de-siècle mysticism and the arts to a major institution. The network is curating an exhibition at the Borthwick Institute of Archives (York) and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (Utah State University).

Building on the RPF award, I applied for and was awarded a Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant (Total award: £124,356.00. Start date: 01/11/2013; finish date: 31/10/2015)
Effective start/end date1/02/111/02/12