professor_juliet_simpson_2016 PROFESSOR JULIET SIMPSON

Professor of Art History, Chair of Visual Arts Research at Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University.

Juliet Simpson is an internationally-recognised expert in research and scholarship in European art, visual culture and French/European art criticism of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her many publications in this field, include books on Albert Aurier, Symbolism and the Visual Arts (1999), Jules Flandrin: the Other Fin de Siècle (2001); Critical Exchange: Art Criticism in Russia and Western Europe (with Carol Adlam: 2009) as well as numerous articles, including on Gauguin, Van Gogh and Symbolism, Mallarmé and English Art, Paul Bourget’s Cosmopolitan Aesthetes, the Symbolist ‘Maison d’Art’ and Hodler’s Cosmopolitanism. She was a Leverhulme Research Fellow, held in conjunction  with a Visiting Scholarship at Wolfson College, Oxford. She has collaborated with world-leading universities, museums and galleries, including  with the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Ateneum Art Gallery and Museum, Helsinki, the  National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh and The National Gallery, London. Current collaborations include with The National Gallery, London and an international network of scholars and curators for a publication on ‘Primitive Renaissances: Art and Northern European Identities from the 1860s to the 1930s’ (forthcoming, Ashgate-Routledge: international: 2017-18), funded by a Paul Mellon Centre award, as well as two international peer-review conferences: ‘Visions of the North’  with The National Gallery, University of York and Ghent University(forthcoming, Ed. Juliet Simpson, ‘Visions of the North’: Peter Lang, 2018), and ‘Gothic Modernisms’ in partnership with The Rijksmuseum and the University of Amsterdam. Professor Simpson is currently Royal Netherlands Academy Visiting Professor in Art History, University of Amsterdam, 2017-18; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Academic Art History Consultant for Compton Verney Museum, Warwickshire, UK.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer in Art History at the University of Amsterdam.

 Tessel Bauduin’s monograph on Surrealism and the Occult was published in 2014, and she has further published on modern art and occultism, Hilma af Klint, automatism, and surrealism, among other topics. Dr Bauduin is a laureate of the VENI-programme for excellence in research, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research; her research project, Surrealist Medievalism, will be published in 2019. She is co-editor of Occult Modernism: The Occult in Modernist Art, Literature and Cinema (Palgrave, 2017), as well as of Surrealism, Occultism and Politics: In Search of the Marvellous (Routledge, 2017). Forthcoming publications focus upon, among other topics, the reception of Jheronimus Bosch as surrealist (Primitive Renaissances, Ashgate, 2017), Surrealism in relation to the Netherlands, Dutch surrealist periodicals, and Paul Delvaux (The Encyclopaedia of Surrealism, Bloomsbury, 2017), and the ‘Northern Genius’ in modernist Belgian art criticism (Visions of the North, Peter Lang, 2018).


Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and Literary and Culture Studies at Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Jan Dirk Baetens is a tenured assistant professor at the departments of Art History and Literary and Culture Studies of the Radboud University in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). He has published on historicist painting and the nineteenth-century art market, and is currently preparing a book-length volume on the Belgian historicist painter Henri Leys for Leuven University Press.

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Senior Curator 18th- and 19th-century paintings in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Jenny Reynaerts is senior curator of 18th- and 19th-century paintings at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Before joining the museum in 2003, she was Assistant Professor in Modern Art History at the University of Amsterdam. She published her PhD thesis on the Dutch 19th-century Royal Academy in 2002. She has published widely on 19th-century art in the Netherlands, on general subjects like Dutch academism and art teaching practice, landscape painting and romantic art. She was also co-author of several books on specific artists, including Vincent van Gogh. In the Rijksmuseum she was involved in the new presentation of the 18th- and 19th- century galleries and the reinstallation of the original 19th-century decorative wall paintings.

Dr. Reynaerts is co-founder of ESNA (European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art), editor of the Rijksmuseum Bulletin and chair of the interdisciplinary platform De 19de Eeuw from January 2017.


Senior Curator, Ateneum Art museum/Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki.

Dr von Bonsdorff has achieved international excellence and distinction for her publications and curated scholarly exhibitions in Finnish and international modern art and design. She is a leading international authority on modern colour theory, practice and painting from the turn of the 20th century; visual cultures of landscape and space; identities of ‘nation’ in art, design and architecture; interiors and transnational capitals of art. 

Dr von Bonsdorff’s most recent works include her 2016 published Japanomania in the Nordic Countries 1875–1918Helene Schjerfbeck – Timelessness and Immateriality, the outcome of her international research collaboration with Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan: 2015). She has curated and published in several exhibitions on ‘Sibelius and the World of Art’ (Helsinki 2014-15), ‘Dream Landscapes. From Fantasy Worlds to Nightmares’, Van Gogh to Kandinsky (Helsinki-Amsterdam-Edinburgh, 2012), and ‘Illusions of Reality: Photography and Cinema’ (Amsterdam-Helsinki, US, 2011). Dr von Bonsdorff has collaborated extensively with outstanding UK and international networks, UK Association of Art Historians, the Leverhulme Trust and The Norwegian Academy of Art and Design/National museum, Oslo. She is currently leading three international collaborations, including with museums in Paris, Tokyo, Copenhagen and London. The ‘European Revivals’ project (20092018), shedding new light on myths and identities of ‘nation’ in art and design, has produced two international exhibitions and a series of international peer-review conferences (Helsinki, Oslo, Krakow). It will culminate in 2018 with a publication by the Finnish National Gallery FNG Research and planned international conference (Edinburgh October 2017).

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Conference Officer for Gothic Modernisms, and RA for Art History and Visual Arts Research, Coventry University

Dr Gorrill’s work contributes to research in Coventry University Visual Art Research Group’s key strand of Art, Transnationalism and Cultural Memory.   Her postdoctoral work aims to explore patterns of creativity in northern European aesthetics and identities through contemporary painting in national collections (1990 to present).  It will facilitate the development of the group’s collaborations with international galleries and institutions in Northern Europe, and crosses disciplinary boundaries through the merging of visual arts and mathematics applications.  She is motivated by the identification of transnational aesthetics and cultural identities through a new methodology developed during her PhD research in contemporary British painting, and seeks to establish a next generation tradition in art historical analysis through the use of statistics programming of aesthetic and biographical details.  Dr. Gorrill is currently co-editing Drawing Conversations: Collective and Collaborative Drawing in Contemporary Practice (Cambridge Scholars) and writing her monograph Women Can’t Paint: Gender, the Glass Ceiling and Values in Contemporary Art (I.B. Tauris).