Bodies on the Line: Art, Indecency, and the Meanings of the Human Form in Belle Époque Paris and St Petersburg.
I am currently a doctoral candidate in History at St Hilda’s, Oxford, having previously graduated with a BA/BMus and an MA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Following the completion of my MA thesis in 2016, I spent three months as a graduate associate at the European University at St Petersburg, Russia.
My current research considers the display of the body in artistic contexts in the fin-de-siècle period. Specifically, I am interested in the often-fine line between the artistic and the indecent, and how concepts of theatricality, modernity, and spectatorship shaped the negotiation of this distinction in public discourse. My thesis will focus on a comparative cultural history of Paris and St Petersburg at the turn of the nineteenth century, with a view to examining how aesthetic and moral discourses interacted during this period of accelerated social transformation.