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Dr Gemma Blackshaw
School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
AAH (Association of Art Historians)
My teaching interests lie in the modern period (from the 19th century to the present) in Europe. I offer modules on modernism in the Austrian, German and French contexts, and these are frequently extended into field-trip modules to cities such as Vienna, Munich and Paris. Drawing on my curatorial expertise, I also offer modules on gallery and museum studies.
Staff serving as external examiners
External Examiner for the MA in Art History & Theory, University of Essex (2014-2017).
External Examiner for the MA in History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London (2009-12).
- Austrian art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
- The history of exhibitions and collecting
- Intersections between art and psychiatry
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Current PhD supervision:
'The Proust of Painting: J. E. Blanche and the Nervous Elite of Paris 1900'
Current and past MRes supervision:
'The Representation of the Laundress in Late 19th-Century French Art'
'The Representation of Puerperal Insanity in the Late 19th-Century'
Grants & contracts
Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2010) for book project Exhibiting Portraiture in Vienna 1900.
British Academy Award (2007) to support the conference ‘Journeys into Madness: Representing Mental Illness in the Arts and Sciences, 1850-1930’.
Wellcome Trust Award (2007) to support the conference ‘Journeys into Madness: Representing Mental Illness in the Arts and Sciences, 1850-1930’.
AHRC Major Research Project Grant (2003) for ‘Madness and Modernity: Art, Architecture and Mental Illness in Vienna and the Habsburg Empire 1890-1914’. I was a co-applicant on this grant, managed by Dr Leslie Topp, Birkbeck, University of London.
AHRC scholarship (2000-02) for PhD ‘Sacred/Secular Bodies: The Identification of Artists with Christ in Vienna 1900’.
School of Historical Studies Bursary (1999-2000) from the University of Birmingham for MPhil/PhD study.
Creative practice & artistic projects
Altenberg: The Little Pocket Mirror . Documentary film collaboration with artist-filmmaker David Bickerstaff, produced by Atomictv and Plymouth University (2011).
- Art History
- Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research (HuMPA)
Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900, edited book (London: National Gallery Company in association with Yale University Press, 2013).
Journeys into Madness: Mapping Mental Illness in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, co-edited book with Sabine Wieber (New York: Berghahn, 2012).
Madness and Modernity: Mental Illness and the Visual Arts in Vienna 1900, co-edited book with Leslie Topp (London: Lund Humphries, 2009). This is also available in German as Madness and Modernity: Kunst und Wahn in Wien um 1900 (Vienna: Christian Brandstätter, 2010).
Chapters in Books:
'Egon Schiele's Passion: Spirituality and Sexuality, 1912-15' in Tobias Natter (ed), Egon Schiele: The Complete Paintings, (Munich: Taschen, 2017), 196-297.
'Introduction' (with Sabine Wieber) in Journeys into Madness, 1-9.
'Peter Altenberg: Authoring Madness in Vienna c. 1900' in Journeys into Madness, 109-129.
'Scrutinised Bodies and Lunatic Utopias: Mental Illness, Psychiatry and the Visual Arts in Vienna, 1898-1914' (with Leslie Topp) in Madness and Modernity, 14-37.
'Mad Modernists: Imaging Mental Illness in Viennese Portraits' in Madness and Modernity, 46-65.
'Gustav Jagerspacher: Portrait of Peter Altenberg' in Madness and Modernity, 66-75.
'Rediscovering Anton Romako' in 'From Ausgleich to Jahrhundertwende: Literature and Culture 1867-1890', Austrian Studies, 16, 2008, 105-122.
Reports & invited lectures
'Mapping Mental Illness in Vienna 1900: Journeys of an Exhibition', research paper, University of Nottingham, (17 March 2010).
Participant in the round-table discussion for the AAH event 'Don't Ask For the Mona Lisa: Exhibition Collaborations Between Academics and Museums & Art Galleries', University of Leeds (18 March 2010).
Other academic activities