Research projects I have recently brought to completion are 'Archaeology and Egyptomania: art, design and the development of Egyptology in Britain' (funded by the British Academy - Senior Research Fellowship) and the 'Visualisation in Archaeology' Project (funded by English Heritage). The results of the former are presented in the book Designing Antiquity, where the role of nineteenth century designers in creating new understandings of ancient Egypt is analysed, with a primary focus on the work of Owen Jones (1809-1874), who was responsible for designing a series of pioneering exhibits on the ancient world at the Crystal Palace at Sydenham in 1854. Results of the 'Visualisation in Archaeology' Project have been written up in a Strategic Report for English Heritage 2012, and published in several articles on the history and nature of imaging practices in archaeology (Moser 2012, in press; Perry 2011). An overview of the work presented at the three annual workshops and the international conference held as part of this research project are presented on the VIA website.
I am Director of the Visualisation Team now working at the Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk in Turkey, where I am setting up a research program that addresses both the contemporary and historic representation of the site. I am also currently undertaking research on the history of antiquarian illustration in Britain and setting up a major project with Dr Hannah Sackett on public engagement with the past through creative writing and the image.
This project is investigating how British history and genre painting contributed to the formation of ideas about ancient Egypt. It will analyse the Egyptian-themed works of three leading history painters (Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edward Poynter and Edwin Long), aiming to establish how their paintings labelled, categorised and defined ancient Egypt as a culture.
Professor Stephanie Moser
Faculty of Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
Room Number: 65A/3035
Telephone: (023) 8059 4207
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