Introduction to the Moderator and Keynote Speakers

André Dombrowski is associate professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania, where his research centers on the art and material culture of France and Germany in the mid to late nineteenth century with an emphasis on the histories of science, politics, and psychology. He is particularly concerned with the social and intellectual rationales behind the emergence of avant-garde painting in the 1860s and 1870s including Impressionism. His book "Cézanne, Murder, and Modern Life" was published by the University of California Press in 2013, and he has written essays on Cézanne, Monet, Manet, Degas, Menzel, and other key painters of the period. He is currently at work on a book that explores the relationship between the impressionist instant and period technologies of time-keeping.

Introduction to the Panelists

Shirlynn Sham is a PhD student in the History of Art at Yale University who specializes in nineteenth-century European art and visual culture. Her research interests center around nineteenth-century visual technologies and their correspondence with painting and perceptual models. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and has previously presented her research at conferences of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association and the International Visual Literacy Association. 

Harmon Siegel is a doctoral student in Art History at Harvard University. His dissertation, “Monet and Other People,” asks why the artist often painted beside other artists, arguing that through this practice he attempted to acknowledge the place of others in experience. Recent publications include an essay on William Kentridge and early film, for the catalog of an exhibition of his work in Bruges, and an article on Louise Nevelson’s mid-century sculpture, forthcoming from The Art Bulletin.

Nicole Georgopulos is a doctoral student in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University, and has held positions at the Morgan Library and Museum and the International Foundation for Art Research. Her research focuses on French painting and drawing of the mid-nineteenth century, particularly discourses of Realism, theories of embodiment, and intersections of painting, phenomenology, and philosophy at large. 

Samantha Niese is a second-year MA student in Art History at George Washington University concentrating on the study of nineteenth through early twentieth century painting in England and France. She received her BA in history and art history from Lake Forest College. Originally from Park Ridge, Illinois, Samantha currently works as the Editorial Assistant for The Textile Museum Journal.  

Kristan M. Hanson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas. She studies nineteenth-century French art and visual culture, and artistic engagements with plants and flowers, gender and the body, and fashion and costume. Her dissertation, "In Bloom: Women and Horticulture in French Visual Culture, 1860s-1880s," examines how painters responded to a vogue among women for growing, arranging, and displaying ornamental plants at sites throughout Paris. Hanson earned an M.A. in art history at the University of Chicago and an M.A. in art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Linn Burchert is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Department of Art History at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany. Her dissertation investigates ecological concepts in abstract modern painting. She attained a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural and English Studies, and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature and Art Studies, both at the University of Potsdam.