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Professor Michael Hatt's Research Interests

Research Interests

I have worked on range of topics in nineteenth-century British and American art and visual culture, particularly in regard to gender and sexuality and to questions of visual racism. I also have an interest in theory and method.

My most recent major project was the exhibition and publication Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901, co-curated and co-edited with Martina Droth and Jason Edwards:

Displaying Victorian Sculpture: AHRC funded project with the University of York and the Yale Center for British Art

Following this, Martina Droth and I undertook a collaborative project about Hiram Powers's The Greek Slave, resulting in the publication of a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide:

NCAW | Volume 15, Issue 2 | Summer 2016

My current projects include:

Danish Art and Culture in the Nineteenth Century

I am working on a range of topics in nineteenth-century Danish cultural history. I have been thinking particularly about colonialism and the Danish empire, the movement of objects and Danish conceptions of nationhood, and relations between art and other cultural debates. My next article will concern the painter Martinus Rørbye and irony.


Forthcoming publications include:

‘Galathea: Ships, Sculpture and the State in Golden Age Denmark,’ in Imogen Hart and Claire Jones, eds., Sculpture and the Decorative, London: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming, 2020

‘H. J. Rink and the Circulation of Images in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Greenland,’ in Michael Hatt and Margit Thøfner, eds., Art Through Denmark, special issue of Art History, forthcoming, 2020

‘Zahrtmann’s Symposium: Ethics, History and Desire,’ in Rasmus Kjærboe, ed., Queer Zahrtmann, in Perspective, forthcoming, 2019


Fashioning Victoria: curating the royal image of dynasty, nation and empire

Victoria’s Self-Fashioning: curating the royal image for dynasty, nation and empire is a major research collaboration between the History of Art department and Historic Royal Palaces (Principal Investigator is Dr. Joanna Marschner, senior curator at Kensington Palace, and I am the Co-Investigator). The project explores Queen Victoria’s curation of her own image, and the consequence of this for monarchy, nation and empire from the nineteenth century to the present. The project will bring to light Victoria’s own agency in self-fashioning, and so challenge the orthodox view of her as detached from public life and the political shaping of the monarchy.

The project is supported by an AHRC Networking Grant. Project partners include the Royal Collection, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. The project brings together three groups of collaborators: scholars from institutions in the UK and abroad, including Germany, USA, India, Canada, Australia and New Zealand; artists and practitioners who have worked with collections and museums; and scholars engaged in developing digital curating, from the UK and abroad.