Emma Merkling

PhD student, Associate Lecturer

I specialise in interdisciplinary research on late nineteenth-century art, science, and the occult in Britain.

My PhD thesis focused on the art and automatic writings of English artist Evelyn De Morgan (1855–1919) in relation to Victorian physics, mathematics, philosophy of science, and psychical research.


Education

  • PhD History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art (2017 – 2021): ‘Imponderable: Physics, Mathematics, Psychical Research, and Evelyn De Morgan’s Spiritualist Art, 1885–1910’, supervised by Professor Caroline Arscott
  • MA History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art (2017): ‘The Sensate Body: Consciousness in Albert Moore’s Art’
  • BA Art History and Archaeology, Columbia College, Columbia University (2015)

Teaching

  • 2021 – 2022: Associate Lecturer, Body Politics: Art, Gender and Class in the Victorian Metropolis (BA3), The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2020: Teaching Assistant, Summer University: ‘Art and Identity’ (pre-BA, non-selective state schools), The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2019 – 2020: Teaching Assistant, Core Methodologies (MA), The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2019 – 2020: Guest Lecturer, Victorian Science and Aesthetic Movement Art (MA), The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 2017 – 2018: Guest Lecturer, Victorian Science and Aesthetic Movement Art (MA), The Courtauld Institute of Art

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

Professional Activities

Publications

Blogs and Media

Conference Papers & Invited Lectures

Research Interests

  • Art and science
  • Late Victorian art
  • Physics, mathematics, psychical research, physiological psychology, and philosophy of science
  • History and theory of photography
  • Fin-de-siècle art in Europe
  • Symbolist art
  • Spiritualism, Theosophy, and Esotericism
  • Occult history and histories of magic
  • Histories of death
  • Queer and women artists
  • Interdisciplinarity

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