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Professor Stephanie Moser 


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Stephanie Moser is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

Stephanie’s research and teaching focuses on the representation and reception of the past. Collaborating with researchers in cultural history, art history and the history of science, her work explores the construction of ideas and knowledge about the past as communicated through images, museum displays, exhibitions and art. These subjects have been explored in major studies of the depiction of human ancestry, the portrayal of ancient Egypt in the nineteenth century, the history of antiquarian and archaeological illustration, and methodologies for reception analysis in archaeology. Stephanie is author of Ancestral Images (Cornell University Press 1998), Wondrous Curiosities (Chicago University Press 2006), Designing Antiquity (Yale University Press 2012), and Painting Antiquity (Oxford University Press 2019), all which demonstrate the complex relationship between scholarly research and the wider reception of the past. A pioneer of the field ‘archaeological representation’, her work has been widely reviewed outside the discipline.

Research interests

Research projects recently brought to completion by Stephanie are 'Archaeology and Egyptomania: art, design and the development of Egyptology in Britain' (funded by the British Academy - Senior Research Fellowship), the 'Visualisation in Archaeology' Project (funded by English Heritage), and ‘British art, archaeology and the discovery of ancient Egypt’ (funded by the Leverhulme Trust – Major Research Fellowship). The results of the first project are presented in Designing Antiquity, which examines the role of nineteenth century British designers in creating understandings of ancient Egypt. Discussion focuses on the work of Owen Jones (1809-1874), who was responsible for creating a series of pioneering exhibits on the ancient world at the Crystal Palace at Sydenham in 1854. Results of the second project, 'Visualisation in Archaeology', have been published in articles on the history and nature of imaging practices in archaeology (Moser 2012,2014), and findings from the third project are presented in Painting Antiquity (forthcoming, 2019). This project investigates how historicist painters working in Britain engaged with archaeology and Egyptology in the second half of the nineteenth century. Discussing the Egyptian-themed works of three leading painters in Victorian Britain, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edward Poynter and Edwin Long, the book demonstrates how these artists responded to the material culture of ancient Egypt, particularly the collections of the British Museum.

Research Project(s)

Stephanie is currently working on two major projects. The first is an investigation of early archaeological illustration, specifically looking at how early members of the Society of Antiquaries of London enlisted images to aid in their research endeavours. The second is a study of the Egyptologist and artist Joseph Bonomi, examining the contribution of his illustrative work to the understanding of ancient Egypt.

Research Group

Steph is part of the Respresentation, Visualisation and Politics of Archaeology Research group.

Affiliate research group

Representation, Visualisation and Politics of Archaeology

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PhD Supervision

Stephanie supervises PhD students working on the reception and representation of archaeology (particularly ancient Egypt), archaeological visualisation, archaeology in museums and exhibitions, community archaeology and the history of archaeology.

Professor Stephanie Moser
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number: 65A/3035

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