New Directions in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art (NDENCA) is a digital seminar series aimed at championing new scholarly voices working across visual and material cultures in this period. It aims to take a global perspective, and in particular welcomes contributions by scholars from minority groups.

Papers from Season 1 of NDENCA are now available on our YouTube channel for up to one month after their live session.

The series is organised by Dr Freya Gowrley and Dr Madeleine Pelling.

Freya is Lecturer in History of Art & Liberal Arts at the University of Bristol. Her research examines visual and material culture in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and North America, focusing on the home, the collaged object, and the body. Her work appears in Word & Image, British Art Studies, the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal 18, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction, among other outlets. She has held short-term research fellowships at institutions including Yale Center for British Art, the Winterthur Museum, the Huntington Library, the Harry Ransom Center, the University of St Andrews, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Her monograph Domestic Space in Britain, 1750-1840: Materiality, Sociability and Emotion is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2022

Madeleine is an Associate Lecturer at the University of York. She specialises in the visual and material cultures of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, with particular emphasis on historiography and manuscript culture, histories of collecting, and the inscribed surface. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the universities of Manchester and Edinburgh, as well as short term fellowships at the Royal Archives and the Lewis Walpole Library. Her work appears in journals including Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Early Modern Women, Journal 18 and Women’s History Review, and she is currently preparing her monograph, The Duchess’s Museum: Collecting, Craft and Conversation, and a trade press book, Writing on the Wall: Graffiti in the Age of Revolutions, for publication.

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Marguerite GibsonCurtin University

Marguerite is a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate, having majored in art history and theory. At present, she is engaged in postgraduate research towards a PhD at Curtin University, Western Australia, investigating the utilisation of the sublime through motifs, nuances and Australian landscape depiction within art, representing the emotional experiences of the historical period of the Gold Rush era, 1850-1900. Her work appears in Song of Death in Paradise: Death and Garden Narratives in Literature, Art and Film (Feryal Cubukcu and Sabine Planka eds.) and Enchanted, Stereotyped, Civilized: Garden Narratives in Literature, Art and Film (Feryal Cubukca and Sabine Planka eds.).