VERSAILLES: Space, Power, Memory

The lecture series is a major collaboration between Architectural Studies, the Department of French & Italian, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. It emerges from the complementary interests of scholars in different humanities departments and builds on the recent Mellon-funded “Pittsburgh Constellations Consortium” in the Department of History of Art and Architecture.

Monday, January 25

Applied Modernism

Claire GOLDSTEIN, Department of French and Italian

University of California, Davis

 “Beyond the King's Eye: Observing Comets in the Age of Versailles"

Monday, February 8

Chandra MUKERJI, Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

“The Glow of the Sun King: Artisans and the Ascendancy

of Louis XIV”

Monday, February 15

Georges FARHAT, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

University of Toronto

“Reception and Appropriations of Versailles and French Formal Gardens in the 20th and 21st Centuries”

Monday, February 22

Giulia PACINI, Department of Modern Languages

College of William and Mary


“Pruning (at) Versailles: Arboreal Politics in Eighteenth-Century France”


Monday, March 28

Thomas W. GAEHTGENS, director

The Getty Research Institute

"Transforming the Château de Versailles into a National Museum."

All lectures are free and open to the public beginning at 6:00 pm and will take place at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


University of Pittsburgh

  • Office of the Provost | The Year of the Humanities in the University
  • Architectural Studies
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Department of French & Italian
  • Department of History of Art & Architecture
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of History
  • Cultural Studies

Carnegie Museum of Art

For more information, please contact Corrin Trombley: cot12@pitt.edu; 412-648-2400.



Versailles Speaker Series

Five eminent scholars will speak about Versailles throughout its history in the spring semester 2016.