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Teaching Staff

  • Dr Lisa MansfieldHead of Art History

    Lisa Mansfield completed her studies in Art History in Melbourne. She has a BA (Honours - First Class) from La Trobe University (1997) and a PhD from the University of Melbourne (2005). She is a specialist in Renaissance art, society and culture (especially fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Northern Renaissance art produced in the Netherlands, Germany and Spain), with a passion for portraiture, and the communicative power of the face and body in relation to representations of charisma. Her first book on French Renaissance royal portraiture, Representations of Renaissance Monarchy: Francis I and the image-makers will be published by Manchester University Press in 2015. Her academic research extends to the construction of image and identity in virtual environments (like Second Life), and issues and ideas concerning art censorship in past and present historical contexts.

    Before her arrival at the University of Adelaide in mid-2008, Lisa was a tutor and guest lecturer in the undergraduate art history program at the University of Melbourne from 1998 to 2005. In 2009 she was awarded a 'Certificate for Outstanding Student Feedback in Teaching and Learning' by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    In addition to teaching undergraduate courses on Northern Renaissance art and art censorship as part of the Minor in Art History and Visual Culture, Lisa also offers courses on early modern European Art and Portraiture in the postgraduate Art History program. In addition, she supervises Masters by coursework and PhD dissertations on a wide range of topics in early modern European art, history and society and contemporary portraiture.

  • Professor Catherine SpeckCoordinator, postgraduate programs in Art History and Curatorial & Museum Studies

    Catherine Speck has wide experience in Art History and Theory having taught numerous subjects in that area. Prior to taking up her current post, she was coordinator of the Art History and Theory Department at the SA School of Art, University of South Australia, and Research Degrees Coordinator.

    She has published extensively on Australian art including Painting Ghosts: Australian Women Artists in Wartime (Craftsman House, 2004); Heysen to Heysen: Selected Letters of Hans Heysen and Nora Heysen (National Library of Australia, 2011) and Beyond the Battlefield: Women Artists of the Two World Wars (Reaktion, 2014). She is co-researcher on an ARC linkage Project, Australian Art Exhibitions 1960-2009, and an ARC LIEF Project: Design and Art Australia Online: Sustainable data sharing for Australian researchers and collections.

    Her areas of academic expertise include modern and contemporary art, Australian art and feminist art. Her current research interests include cosmopolitanism and Australian artists in Paris and London 1880s-1960s; the representation of war and peace by women artists; the exhibitionary complex and Australian Art exhibitions from 1960; and performativity, the body and visual culture.

    She is on the Editorial Board of Design and Art in Australia Online:; and she is a member of the Adelaide Critics Circle.

    Professor Catherine Speck's Publications


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