I am a social historian of art. I specialise in representations of otherness in the social and cultural history of early modern European art.

I explore themes of the human-animal divide in representations of otherness. This touches on subjects such as foreignness, religion, gender, and class. I analyse pictorial prints (woodcuts and engravings) and text in sixteenth-century German chronicles, ‘wonder books’, travel tales, fables, printed maps, broadsheets, pamphlets, and interactive prints with flaps and spinning dials.

Most of the posts on this website are designed with the interested general audience in mind. I believe that academic research should be made more accessible. With that in mind, all posts on this website are free to use and share with attribution. All images should be equally referenced and captioned.

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Read my top posts for 2021:

  1. A Brief Historical Background to the Werewolf Myth in Sixteenth-Century Germany
  2. Getting Started on ‘Academic Twitter’
  3. German Nazi Party Members in South Australia’s Barossa Valley
  4. Monstrous Women: Hair, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern German Prints
  5. Cynocephali – The Dog-Headed Race: A Brief Introduction

Research on this website was with the support of the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and The Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Fellowship.