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dr. K.J. Brown

Assistant Professor

Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Culture Studies


Kathryn Brown holds a D.Phil in French from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Art History from the University of London. She is a tenured Assistant Professor of Art History at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She is a Rhodes Scholar and has taught and held visiting fellowships at the University of Kent (United Kingdom), the University of British Columbia (Canada), Tulane University (USA), and the Australian National University in Canberra. Her research interests and publications span a range of areas including nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting and literature, aesthetics, and contemporary art. Her most recent articles have been published in History of Photography, Life Writing, Forum for Modern Language Studies, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, n.paradoxa, Memory Studies, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and American Art.

Brown is the author of Women Readers in French Painting 1870-1890 (Ashgate, 2012: ISBN 978-1-4094-0875-8).  The book has been reviewed in French Studies, Woman's Art Journal, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, and the Balliol College Annual Record.

Brown has recently edited and contributed a chapter about Matisse and Baudelaire to a book entitled The Art Book Tradition in Twentieth-Century Europe: Picturing Language (Ashgate 2013: ISBN 978-1-4094-2065-1). The book has been reviewed in Image & Narrative and by the Art Libraries Society of North America.

She has also edited and contributed a chapter to a multi-author volume entitled Interactive Contemporary Art: New Participatory Practices (I.B. Tauris, 2014). This collection of essays sheds new light on the potential of participatory artworks and tests the latest theoretical approach to the subject. Art historians, curators, and artists contribute essays that analyze the impact of collaborative aesthetics on personal and social identity, concepts of the artist, the ontology of art, and the role of musuems in contemporary society.


Principal publications

  • Single-authored Book Women Readers in French Painting 1870-1890 (2012, Ashgate Publishing). ISBN: 978-1-4094-0875-8. For further details click here .
  • Multi-authored Book (editor and contributor) The Art Book Tradition in Twentieth-Century Europe (Ashgate Publishing, 2013). For further details click here.
  • 'The Aesthetics of Presence: Looking at Degas's Bathers' in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 68:4, Fall, 2010, 331-341. For further details click here.
  • 'The Artist as Urban Geographer: Mark Bradford and Julie Mehretu' in American Art, Smithsonian Institution and University of Chicago Press, Fall 2010, vol. 24, no. 3, 100-113. For further details click here.
  • 'Nostalgia and Identity: Jules Simon and the Twentieth-Century Woman' in Memory Studies (Sage Publications), 3 (3), 2010, 224-231. Abstract

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Last amended: 17 September 2014