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Dr Dr Fern Insh

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20 Mar


  • PhD University of Aberdeen, 2014 (History of Art)
  • MA The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2010 (History of Art)
  • MA (hons) University of Aberdeen, 2009 (History of Art)

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An Aspirational Era? : examining and defining Scottish visual culture, 1620-1707.

Research interests

  • Digital Art History
  • Scottish Visual History, early-modern to present day

Other academic activity

Conference Papers, Talks & Media Appearances 


  • Scotland: The Promised Land – ‘The Cultural Revolution’ (BBC2 – April 2016).


  • What is the digital future of Art History?‘: Res|Fest 2017. March 2017. Courtauld Institute of Art, London. 

  • ‘Welcome to #DAHRG’: Digital Art Histories Symposium. November 2016. Paul Mellon Centre, London. 

Selected Conference Papers:

  • Depicting a New Scotland: Identity and Aspiration in George Jamesone’s Paintings: Research paper given at The Future of Early Modern Scottish Studies Conference. January 2017. University of St Andrews. 

  • Monumental Passings: Exploring and Analysing the Design of Seventeenth-Century Scottish Tombs: Research paper given at Death in Scotland Conference. January 2016. University of Edinburgh.

  • Unseen Orders: Charles II and the Symbolic Display of Paintings at Holyrood Palace: Research paper given at the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS)  Seminar Series. January 2015. University of Aberdeen.

  • From Relegation to Elevation: The Impact of Reformation on Scottish Painted Ceilings: Research paper given at the BAA Annual Conference. June 2014. University of Aberdeen.

  • A Modern Cycle: Globalist-Nationalist Identity in the Visual Culture of the Seventeenth and of the Twenty-first Centuries in Scotland: Research paper given at ‘On the Edge: Transitions, Transgressions, and Transformations in Irish and Scottish Studies’. June 2013. University of Simon Fraser, Vancouver.




Journal Articles:

  • Insh, F. (2016). ‘From Relegation to Elevation: The Viewer’s Relationship with Painted Ceilings from the Medieval and Renaissance Eras in North-East Scotland’. British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions.

Exhibition Catalogues:

Book Reviews:

  • Insh, F. (2017). ‘Imaging Stuart Family Politics: Dynastic Crisis and Continuity – Visual Culture in Early Modernity by Catriona Murray’, Renaissance Studies, vol. 31, no. 4, 2017.

  • Insh, F. (2016). Scotland’s Lost Gardens by Marilyn Brown’, Scottish Historical Review, vol. 95, no. 2.

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