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Rebecca Senior

 Visual Culture | Sculpture | Monuments | Empire


I am an Art Historian specialising in sculpture and 18th and 19th-century visual cultures in Britain. I have a particular interest in allegory, monuments and histories of British imperialism, which is the subject of my current Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Henry Moore Foundation (2019-2021). Working in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, the postdoctoral project is titled ‘Allegories of Violence: Histories of the British Empire and Monumental Sculpture’, and explores the various manifestations of allegorical sculpture on monuments erected in honour of Britain’s imperial campaigns in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a specific focus on how allegory occupied a unique space as a sanitiser of violence in visual histories.

In my role as an Impact Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, I develop evidence collection methods and research strategies across the Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies ahead of REF 2021 that draw on my previous experience working on contemporary art publications and organising public engagement events.