Dr Maddie Boden is a research associate in the History of Art department at the University of York. She is also the HRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of York for 2020-21. Maddie’s research focuses on the intersections of Anglo-Ottoman visual culture and British Orientalism in the nineteenth century. She is currently revising her thesis on the Near Eastern travels of the Royal Academy President, Frederic Leighton into a book. She has also begun work on a new research project which focuses on late Victorian Old Testament paintings and representations of Muslims, Jews and Christians in the Holy Lands. More broadly, she is interested in contemporary debates surrounding Orientalism and decolonisation efforts within art history, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa. You can find her tweeting @MaddieBoden.
Dr Shijia Yu has recently graduated from the History of Art department at Birkbeck, University of London. Shijia’s doctorate research examines the origin and evolution of the English paper peepshow in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. She is currently preparing to publish parts of her thesis on the interaction of paper peepshows with other nineteenth-century visual entertainments and print novelties, as well as the use of embodied knowledge in visual culture studies. Shijia will also begin a new research project to investigate the exchange of print markets between Western European countries in the 1800s. Previously an associate tutor at Birkbeck and the cataloguer of the Gestetner Paper Peepshow Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Shijia currently works as a freelance educator.