The Doctoral and Early Careers Research (DECR) committee are delighted to announce the launch of a special mentoring scheme as part of Professional Development Days 2023 on 11 & 12 May. Short but intimate one on one sessions will be held online (via Zoom) in which doctoral and early career researchers receive inspiration, guidance and support from members of the AAH Higher Education Committee.

Each session will last 20 minutes and will provide a platform for considered dialogue and inspiring counsel . This initiative seeks to assist doctoral and early career researchers in their career development.

Places are limited and allocation will be on a first come, first served basis. Please complete this application form to register your interest with the DECR committee at the following address:

Participating AAH Higher Education Committee members include:

Jack Hartnell is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History & World Art Studies. He is an art historian and curator, with particular specialisms in the cross-continental visual culture of premodern science and its display, broadly defined to include cutting-edge research and curatorial work on the artistic materials of medicine, cartography, and mathematics, most recently with a strong emphasis on premodern Jewish art and culture.

Matt Lodder is a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory, and Director of American Studies at the University of Essex. He teaches European, American and Japanese art, architecture, visual culture and theory from the late 19th century to the present, including modern and contemporary art post-1945, digital and “new media” art, and the intersections between art & politics. His research primarily concerns the application of art-historical methods to history of Western tattooing from the 17th century to the present day.

Melissa Percival has spent much of her career at University of Exeter, and has worked for shorter periods in the USA, France and Germany. A historian of art, visual culture and ideas, her research centres on eighteenth-century France and its wider European and global connections. She has published on facial expression, portraiture, fantasy and imagination; her latest research is on printed textiles.

Lara Pucci is Assistant Professor in History of Art at the University of Nottingham. She completed her BA in History of Art and Italian Studies at the University of Bristol, and her MA and PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Before joining the University of Nottingham, she held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in Italian Studies at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on art and visual culture in twentieth-century Italy, especially during the Fascist era and the immediate post-war period. She is particularly interested in the role of the visual in the political cultures of the Fascist regime, the anti-Fascist resistance, and the Italian Communist Party. She has held two residential awards at the British School at Rome: the Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship in Sculpture (2018) and the Balsdon Fellowship (2022). She is currently working on a book on the Italian landscape in the Fascist imaginary, for which she has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2023-24). Her work has appeared in Tate Papers, the Oxford Art Journal, Italian Studies, and The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes

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