October 27, 2023 2:00 pm

Expanding the 19th Century: Trial and Error in the Classroom

Please join us on Friday, October 27 at 2pm ET for the Virtual Salon “Expanding the 19th Century: Trial and Error in the Classroom.” This series of online events is cosponsored by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) and the Dahesh Museum of Art.

Our October salon is organized by AHNCA’s Emerging Scholars Working Group and will consider innovative approaches to teaching more inclusive histories of nineteenth-century art and visual culture. Our discussion will feature three of our colleagues who have been engaging with experimental course design and new approaches to the art historical survey that depart from geographical, methodological, and material canons. We’ll cover their successes and failures in various learning environments and reflect on how our field can continue to stay relevant in the contemporary classroom. 

Nicole Georgopulos (moderator) is an historian, curator, and educator specializing in European art of the nineteenth century. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia, where she teaches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art as well as curatorial practice. Her research and teaching focus broadly on the intersections of visual art with histories of science, philosophy, and cultural constructs of gender.

Shana Cooperstein is an Assistant Professor of Art History at IE University in Madrid. She specializes in the art of the long nineteenth century, particularly as this concerns the material practices of artistic production, representational theory, and the history of scientific imaging. Her interdisciplinary scholarship is motivated by unresolved questions about the role of human sense perception in the development of art-making strategies. Drawing Pedagogy in Modern France: Habit’s Demise, a book manuscript under contract with Routledge, examines schematization, the education of the eye and other problems central to the history of art instruction in the modern era. Her research has been supported by The Osler Library of the History of Medicine, the Institut Français d’Amérique, Media@McGill, The Wolfe Chair Graduate Fellowship in Scientific and Technological Literacy and The Max Stern Museum Fellowship.

Aaron Slodounik received his doctorate in art history and a certificate in women’s studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2021. He is currently at work on a book project, tentatively entitled Savage Whiteness: Paul Gauguin and the Birth of Modernism. He is the 2022 recipient of the Teaching Prize from the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. This semester he is teaching honors and introductory courses as an adjunct assistant professor at The City College of New York and at Lehman College. He welcomes inquiries about potential collaborations and career opportunities.

Allison Leigh is an Associate Professor of Art History and the SLEMCO Regents Endowed Professor in Art & Architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a specialist in European and Russian art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the author of Picturing Russia’s Men: Masculinity and Modernity in 19th-Century Painting and co-editor of the volume Russian Orientalism in a Global Context: Hybridity, Encounter, and Representation. She is currently completing a book on misogyny and modern art that will be published by Abrams Press in 2025.

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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at: