My research has focused on the Swiss artist Henry Fuseli with particular reference to his early drawings produced during his ministerial training in Zurich. I am interested in Anglo-Swiss cultural relations during the eighteenth century and have published on travelers’ perceptions and myth-making of Switzerland during the ‘Enlightenment’.
More recent research has examined attitudes towards homosexuality through tourist discourses and in particular, illustrated travel guides produced during the Weimar Republic. Current research examines the intersecting discourses of Sexology and visual culture in Weimar Germany. I am exploring Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science. I am interested in the ways in which Sexology intersects with the contemporaneous erotic art market and how this relates to the ways in which sexologists such as Hirschfeld used visual culture in their own treatise.
My research into aspects of both the eighteenth and early twentieth centuries converges around broader questions of morality and legality , particularly exploring issues of sexuality and the erotic.
I am currently working on a book length project on the Weimar artist Jeanne Mammen. This project explores her legacy as a well-known Weimar artist of Neue Sachlichkeit in relation to her Cubist work of inner emigration produced during the 1930s, as well as her pivotal role as a woman artist contributing to Galerie Gerd Rosen and Galerie Anja Bremer in the immediate post-war period in Berlin.