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Hannah Halliwell
History of Art, University of Birmingham

Thesis Title: The Morphine Addict in Fin-de-Siècle French Visual Culture

Thesis:

My thesis examines representations of morphine use in French fin-de-siècle (c.1880-1916) art and visual culture. Considering visual morphinomanie (morphine-mania) as an interdisciplinary, multi-functional device, I explore socio-political/historical debates on medicine, femininity, lesbianism, masculinity, domesticity and class. The research reframes the influential nature of this widely neglected aspect of French society, drawing significant attention to the role it plays in aforementioned wider debates. I consider the morphine addict as a familiar, yet-to-be synthesised, motif in lithographic print culture, as decadently depicted in unfamiliar but institutionally-approved Salon paintings, as caricatures in newspapers, as sketches in medical texts and as wax models with pedagogic and diagnostic functions.

Whilst there is an increasing medicalisation of art history, French morphinomanie has been ignored despite its prevalence in contemporary medical theses, newspapers articles, artistic culture and literature. The prevalent intertextuality and breadth of the morphinomane image type encapsulates the topic’s potential to make an urgent and original contribution to art historical scholarship.

Supervisors and Institutions:

Dr. Francesca Berry, University of Birmingham

Dr. Camilla Smith, University of Birmingham

Dr. Ting Chang, University of Nottingham
 

Papers, Posts & Publications:

Upcoming paper at the Modernism in the Home conference (1-2 July 1019)
Paper title: Absent Presences: The Morphinomane at Home in French Visual Culture (1880-c.1916)

Upcoming paper at Alcohol and Drugs History Society conference (Changing Minds: Societies, States, the Sciences and Psychoactive Substances in History) (13-16 June 2019)
Paper title: The Significance of the Image: Morphinomanie in French Visual Culture (c.1880-1916)

Upcoming paper at the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (14th-16th March 2019)
Paper title: Medicalisation and Popularisation: The morphinomane in French art (1880-c.1916)

Upcoming talk at the Modern and Contemporary Forum (6th March 2019)
Paper title: A Medical Absent Presence: Images of Morphine Use in Fin-de-Siècle French Visual Culture

Creative competition entry on display at the Dr Jekyll’s Laboratory: Science and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century exhibition at The Atkinson Southport (February - May 2019)
Work title: How to paint a morphine addict for the French fin-de-siècle annual Salon

Guest post for Points, blog for the Alcohol and Drugs History Society (January 2019)
Post title: “How to Paint a Morphine Addict”: Notes from the “Substance Use and Abuse in the Long 19th Century” Conference

Edge Hill University Substance Use and Abuse conference (13-14 September 2018)
First prize winner for creative entry
Work title: How to paint a morphine addict for the French fin-de-siècle annual Salon

University of Birmingham Research Poster Conference (13 June 2018)
Poster title: The Morphine Addict in French Visual Culture, 1880-1916
Awarded an average score of 18.5/20

Paper at the AAH Summer Symposium at the University of Glasgow (Re/Presenting the Body: Between Art and Science(July 2017)
Paper title: The Body of the Fin-de-Siècle Morphine Addict

Poster presentation at the M3C Research Festival (May 2017)
Poster title: The Morphine Addict in Fin-de-Siècle French Visual Culture


Scholarly Engagement Activities and Teaching:

Co-organiser of the Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music (LCAHM) conference at the University of Birmingham (14 May 2019)

Co-organiser for the CDF bid: Blended Learning Professional Development Workshop (April 2019)

Successful application to attend the Royal Literary Fund Writing Retreat at Shepherd's Dene (17th - 22nd February)

Attended short course at University of Oxford (November 2018)
Contemporary Scientific Realism and the Challenge from the History of Science

Contribution to the Lapworth Museum of Geology temporary exhibition
Cleaning objects, organising space, writing & editing exhibition caption

Teaching Debates and Methods seminars (History of Art Department) (2017-2018; 2018-2019)
As part of the Haywood Fellowship award

Holding seminars for sixth form students at the department's Applicant Visit Days

Organising and administrating the History of Art research seminars series (2017-2018)
As part of the Haywood Fellowship award

Organising and administrating writing/research workshops for the History of Art department (2017-2018)
As part of the Haywood Fellowship award

Teaching Historical Concepts seminars (History of Art Department) (2016-2017)

Academic Writing Advisory Service Postgraduate Workshop Leader (2016-2017)

Assistant Editor for the Journal of Art Historiography (2015-2016)

Research Volunteer on Joseph Wright at Derby Museums and Art Gallery (2015)
 

Additional Awards and Scholarships:

Haywood Fellowship (2017-2018)

College of Arts and Law Masters Scholarship (2015-2016)

Birmingham Alumni Award (2015-2016)

Winner of Contribution to Department award (2015)

Nominated for the university's 300,000th graduate award (2015)

 

Other Research Interests:

  • Fin-de-siècle poster art
  • Concepts of visual culture
  • Fin-de-siècle femininity and women's experiences in France
    (and its representations in art)
  • Women and the bicycle in fin-de-siècle French art (MA dissertation focus)
  • Fin-de-siècle French consumerism
    (and its representations in art)
  • Félix Vallotton
  • Medical history and its teaching implements
  • Concepts of addiction and societal understanding

 

Email address: 
hfh254@bham.ac.uk

LinkedIn:
Hannah Halliwell 

Twitter:
@hanhalliwell

 

 

 

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