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Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse

Melb Disaster Image 140x140


Symposium Title:
'Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse'

Convened by:
Dr Jenny Spinks (University of Melbourne)
Professor Charles Zika (University of Melbourne)

Graduate House
220 Leicester Street
The University of Melbourne

Commencing at 8.30am on Saturday 1 September 2012
Concluding at 5.45pm on Sunday 2nd September 2012.

The symposium is supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant and by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Download Symposium Booklet


Symposium contacts:
For general enquiries -
Jenny Spinks
Charles Zika
For registration enquiries -
Jessie Scott

Image details:
Stefano della Bella, Death on a Battlefield, c. 1646-48. Baillieu Library
Print Collection, The University of Melbourne, Gift of Dr. Orde Poynton,


The symposium will coincide with the exhibition 'The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster' at the National Gallery of Victoria (31st August 2012 - 31st January 2013), curated by Petra Kayser, Cathy Leahy, Jenny Spinks and Charles Zika.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 96-page catalogue, edited by Cathy Leahy, Jenny Spinks and Charles Zika, and including essays by Dagmar Eichberger, Larry Silver, Jenny Spinks and Charles Zika. The NGV will hold a public event on Friday 31 August 2-5 pm, with lectures by visiting art historians Dagmar Eichberger and Jeffrey Chipps Smith, followed by a visit to the exhibition. For more details see:

Further exhibition details