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New member of ESNA’s steering committee
Dr Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University)

It is with great pleasure that we announce Marjan Sterckx as new member of ESNA’s steering committee! Marjan has always been very involved in ESNA’s activities, and will make a hugely valuable contribution to the committee. Moreover, with this Belgium-based art historian ESNA’s steering committee is enriched with an international member.

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Marjan Sterckx

Marjan Sterckx is associate professor in Art History at Ghent University, where she is responsible for the teaching and research on the visual arts of the long nineteenth century, as well as on the history of interiors and the applied arts. Sterckx supervises various Master and PhD projects in this field. She recently launched the research group ThIS – The Inside Story: Art, Interior design & architecture 1750-1950, that annually organizes the Studiedag Historisch Interieur en Ontwerp (Workshop on Historic interiors and design) at Ghent University. Together with Herwig Todts and ESNA board member Jan Dirk Baetens, she is editor of a forthcoming series at Brepols Publishers, entitled XIX. Studies in 19th-century Art and Visual culture. Her own research focuses on the interaction between 19th- and early 20th-century sculpture, gender, photography, and applied arts. Her PhD research on women sculptors and their work for the public space (1770-1953), was awarded the ‘Tri-annual Award for Humanities’ of Academische Stichting Leuven.


Call to all ESNA members!
Overview of Current Research on 19th-century Art History
Deadline: 30 September 2016

The European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art is a platform that brings together scholars, museum professionals and graduate students whose research focuses on European art of the long nineteenth century. ESNA aims to provide a forum to promote the exchange of ideas in this field, to support and encourage graduate research, and to enhance networking opportunities for participants. In this context ESNA’s steering committee aspires to update the overview of research projects.

In order to put together an updated inventory of ongoing art-historical research into the nineteenth century, we invite ESNA members to send an email to esnaonline@hotmail.com no later than 30 September. We welcome both academic research and museum-based research projects of substantial duration. Moreover, we now welcome non-Dutch ESNA members to contribute information about their research as well. Please mention (in English) name(s) and affiliation(s) of the researcher(s), title of the project, and probable/expected date of publication or duration of the project. The update will be published in September.


Save the date! ESNA Winter Seminar
27 January 2017, 2-6 pm
RKD, The Hague
Dutch spoken

Focal point of the forthcoming Winter Seminar will be the issue of Style and its present-day value for art-historical research into the nineteenth century. More information will follow in September.


Read the latest ESNAblog| by Malika M’rani Alaoui
City of Sin: Some thoughts on the 2016 ESNA Conference

Inspired by Baudelaire’s 1846 appeal to artists to open their eyes to the shadow side of the modern metropolis, this year’s ESNA conference, City of Sin: Representing the Urban Underbelly in the Nineteenth Century focused on the more subversive subjects of nineteenth-century city life. An inspiring group of art historians and students assembled at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to discuss the depiction of topics such as prostitution, criminality and addiction in nineteenth-century art. Although this may sound a bit peculiar, these topics actually present fundamental issues of nineteenth-century urban culture.

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Mission Statement

The European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art (ESNA) is a platform formed under the auspices of the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis). ESNA was founded by a group of scholars, graduate students and museum professionals based in the Netherlands whose research focuses on European art of the long nineteenth century. ESNA’s aim is to provide a forum to promote the exchange of ideas in this field, to support and encourage graduate research, and to enhance networking opportunities for participants. ESNA seeks to contribute to, and foster debate on, nineteenth-century art through the organization of an annual symposium, workshops, excursions, the invitation of visiting speakers, and the co-ordination with other organizations and groups devoted to the study of the nineteenth century. Although originating in the Low Countries, ESNA aims to create a broad international network for the advancement of research into all aspects of nineteenth-century European art.


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