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Juliet Simpson

Professor, Professor of Art History, Chair of Visual Arts and Cultural Memory

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Research Interests

Professor Juliet Simpson is an internationally-recognized expert in art and visual cultures of the long nineteenth century and twentieth centuries. Her research, teaching and curatorial interests focus on how perceptions and meanings of art shape national and transnational cultural identities and values. She has published and lectured widely on fin-de-siècle art and cosmopolitan artistic exchange, French art and art criticism of the long nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, spaces of display, Decadent visual and literary cultures, art and memory, reception of medieval art and capitals of art. Prof Simpson's current work explores how we image, retrieve and reinvent personal and collective cultural memory, via objects, texts, sites and monuments, and on the reception and reinvention of Northern Gothic and Renaissance visual cultures, including in collections, receptions, via displays and transnational recreations in modern and contemporary art. Professor Simpson is also Director of the Lanchester Research Gallery, Coventry University. International awards and major collaborations include: as Visiting Professor of Art History and Cultural Memory, University of Amsterdam, Visiting Scholar (in conjunction with a Leverhulme Research Fellowship), Wolfson College, University of Oxford. She is Academic Advisor, Department of Art, Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at the Freie University, Berlin, Principal Advisory Partner, British Council, Venice Biennale Fellowships Programme; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Professor Simpson Chairs an international research project on reception and identities of Northern Gothic art in the long nineteenth century. She is currently curating two international exhibitions on 'Bruges: Art Capital of the Uncanny' in partnership with the Musea  Brugge and Compton Verney Museum, UK (Spring 2020) and as Senior Guest Curator, with the Finnish National Gallery-Ateneum and international museum partners on an international touring exhibition, 2021-22.

Biography

Professor Simpson read Art History, English Literature, Ancient History and Music at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where she gained a first-class MA Honours in Art History. She gained her DPhil (Doctorate) in History of Art from the University of Oxford (Trinity College) for her thesis on 'Aurier, Symbolism and the Visual Arts' (supervised by Francis Haskell, FBA). Professor Simpson has taught extensively in the UK and internationally, including at the Universities of Reading, Aberdeen, Oxford, Amsterdam and Brunel University (Buckinghamshire New University). She has held many awards, including a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in conjunction with a Visiting Scholarship, Wolfson College, University of Oxford for her research on art criticism, press and publics in nineteenth-century France, a Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Full Professor award, held at the University of Amsterdam (School of Art History, Memory and Material Culture) for her international project on medieval art in the long nineteenth and twentieth centuries ('Gothic Modernisms', the Rijksmuseum, 2017) and awards from the AHRC, CNRS-Paris (for her scholarly exhibition and publication on 'Jules Flandrin: the Other Fin de Siècle'- Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2001); two awards from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art ('Primitive Renaissances', The National Gallery-London: 2014; and 'Visions of the North' Compton-Verney, UK, 2016) and the British Academy and the Art Fund (National Gallery, London). Professor Simpson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK; Consultant Expert, Compton Verney, Northern European Art; Advisory Partner for the British Council, Venice Fellowships Programme and on the International Editorial Board for Amsterdam University Press ('Spatial Imaginaries in Historical Perspectives').   

Education/Academic qualification

History of Art, Doctorate, University of Oxford

Art History, First Class, MA, University of St Andrews

External positions

Guest Professor Curator, Finnish National Gallery

15 Jun 2018Oct 2022

Visiting Guest Professor in Art History and Cultural Memory , IMT School of Advanced Study, Lucca

9 May 201811 Sep 2018

Royal Netherlands Visiting Professor in Art History, University of Amsterdam

Apr 2017Apr 2018

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Royal Society of Arts

1 Nov 2016 → …

International Subject Expert: Art Panel, Academy of Finland

1 Sep 201630 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • History of Art
  • modern
  • history of cultural memory
  • Symbolist art
  • cosmopolitanism
  • medieval art reception
  • avant-gardes
  • art historiography
  • word and image
  • print cultures
  • Nordic art
  • Transcultural artistic exchange
  • art and memory
  • Curation
  • French art reception
  • art, press and publics
  • Art and the emotions
  • ND Painting
  • DC France

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Research Output 2014 2019

Baudelaire’s Prodigal Constantin: Guys, Illustration and the Urban ‘Spirituel’

Simpson, J., 1 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Word and Image. (In-press), p. (In-press) 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

art
modernity
alienation
foreignness
marginality

'Gothic Modernisms, 1880-1940s'

Baetens, J-D., Bauduin, T., von Bonsdorff, A-M. & Simpson, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Peter Lang AG. 310 p. (Critical Interactions and Relations in the Arts)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

‘Lucas Cranach’s ‘Reinventions’ – Reframing ‘Primitive’ and Rooted Identities of Art and Nation at the European Fin‐de‐Siècle’

von Bonsdorff, A-M. & Simpson, J., 30 May 2019, (Submitted) In : FNG Research. 'European Revivals' FNG Research

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

‘Portable Museums: Imaging/Staging the ‘Northern Gothic Art Tour': '― Ephemera and Alterity’

Simpson, J., Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) Ephemeral Exhibition Spaces, 1760-1914. Bauer, D. & Murgia, C. (eds.). Amsterdam; US: Amsterdam University Press, Vol. (in press). p. (in press) 14 p. (Spatial Imaginaries in Historical Perspectives: New Series, 2017-).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Imaging
Alterity
Gothic Art
Ephemera
Gothic

Nordic Devotions: Gothic Art as Erotic Affect: ― J.- K. Huysmans’s and Maurice Barrès’s Decadent Devotio Moderns

Simpson, J., 2 Jun 2018, (Accepted/In press) Nordic Visual and Literary Decadence: Paris and Voices from the North. Rossi, R., Lyytikäinen, P., Parente-Čapková, V. & Hinrikus, M. (eds.). UK/USA: Routledge, Vol. (in press). p. 276-294 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2014 2019

‘Spaces of Initiation’

Juliet Simpson (Speaker)
11 Mar 201914 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

‘Walter Benjamin’s Uncanny Artists: Reisebilder, Memory and Iconic Presences’

Juliet Simpson (Keynote speaker)
27 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

'Gothic Modern, 1880-1945: Munch to Kollwitz'

Juliet Simpson (Invited speaker)
10 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Pilgrimage and the Senses

Juliet Simpson (Speaker)
7 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Art Historiographies in Central and Eastern Europe

Juliet Simpson (Keynote Speaker)
2 Dec 20194 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference