Dr Madeleine Pelling

Madeleine Pelling is an art historian specialising in eighteenth-century Britain. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, having completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of York, where she was the recipient of the History of Art Department doctoral scholarship. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the John Rylands Research Institute at the University of Manchester, as well as visiting research fellowships at the Royal Archives through the Georgian Papers Programme, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Queen Mary University London and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University. 

Her research focuses on material and visual culture in the eighteenth century, with focus on four key sites: the collected and found object, the manuscript, the inscribed surface and the cinematic screen. She is currently preparing a monograph, based on her PhD thesis, for publication and is developing two further projects: one on eighteenth-century women and the material turn in British historiography and another on graffiti and inscription. Her work appears in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal 18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Women’s History Review.

Madeleine has taught in the History of Art Department at the University of York. She is a member of the editorial board for History, journal of the Historical Association, an ECR member of the Royal Historical Society and the newly-appointed Communications Officer for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies committee. She has published peer-reviewed book reports in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Women’s Writing, Aphra Behn Online, Women’s Studies Group 1550-1830, History and Eighteenth-Century Fiction journals. Along with Dr Freya Gowrley, she convenes the New Directions in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art digital seminar series (ndenca.wordpress.com), is a co-founder of the forthcoming Travelling Sisterhood of Art Historians podcast and runs an informal reading group focused on history in TV and film.

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